Course Title: Provide solutions to problems in basic industrial control systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: EEET6796C

Course Title: Provide solutions to problems in basic industrial control systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6085 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical - Technology

Course Contact: marko Dumovic

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4342

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers solving problems in basic industrial control systems. The unit encompasses safe working practices, interpreting process and circuit diagrams, applying knowledge of industry controls to problem solving techniques, safety and functional testing and completing the necessary  documentation .

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEI020B Provide solutions to problems in basic industrial control systems


1. Prepare to provide solutions to basic
2. industrial control system problems
3. Provide solutions to basic industrial control system problems Test and document solutions to basic industrial control   system problems

Performance Criteria:

1 1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 The extent of basic industrial control system problems are determined from performance specifications and situation reports and in consultations with relevant persons.
1.4 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved in the work.
1.5 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed for the work are obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked for correct operation and  safety.

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Knowledge of basic industrial control system device and circuit operation, characteristics and applications are applied to developing solutions to  control problems.
2.3 Parameters, specifications and performance requirements in relation to each basic industrial control system problems are obtained in accordance with established procedures.
2.4 Approaches to resolving basic industrial control system problems are evaluated to provide most effective solutions.
2.5 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
2.6 Problems are solved efficiently without waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.

3 3.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 Solutions to basic industrial control system problems are tested to determine their effectiveness and modified where necessary.
3.3 Adopted solutions are documented including instruction for their implementation that incorporates risk control measure to be followed.

3.4 Justification for solutions used to solve basic industrial control system problems are documented in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Theoretical and simulated work activities designed to develop knowledge and skills to provide solutions to problems in closed loop control systems which includes:
Classroom learning activities involving the following topics:
o Process control systems
o OH&S principles related to computer programming
o Open and closed loop control systems
o Electrical diagrams and control circuits
o Digital controllers
o Feedback control
o Controller types & control modes: feedback, feedforward, cascade and ratio
o Standard control signals and Analogue/digital control conversion
o Wireless signal transmition

Practical laboratory exercises on:
o Proportional Integral and Differential (PID) Controllers
o PID control actions, set point change, process demand change
o Algorithm and characteristics of Proportional, Integral and Derivative components of a controller,
o Controllers configuration and tuning methods
o Telemetry principles

Work simulated assignment on:
o Effects of PID control gain parameters on system response
o Effects of increasing and decreasing controller gain (in systems using P,PI, and PID); with and without Integral (in systems using PI and PID), increasing and decreasing Integral (in systems using PI and PID);with and without derivative (in systems using PID); and increasing and decreasing derivative (in systems using PID).
• Research assignment, requiring approximately 20% of course hours for independent study and research on PID controller

• Student directed hours involve completing activities such as assignments, project and assignment work, writing laboratory reports and reading online resources.

Teaching Schedule


Week Number  and Topic Delivered                                                                                                                                                                Assessment Tasks
1 Process control systems UEENEEI020B 1.1;1.2;1.5
2 Analogue Inputs and outputs, Electrical Diagrams and Control Circuits - UEENEEI020B 1.1;1.2;1.5 
3 Analogue Control, Open and closed loop control systems -UEENEEI020B 1.1;1.3;1.4
4 Digital controllers, Standard system signals-                         -UEENEEI020B 1.1;1.3;1.1.4;1.5                                                       Analogue Exercise 10%
5 Process Variables,                                                                       UEENEEI020B 1.1;1.2;1.5 1.5
6 Process Characteristics, Feedback Control                            -UEENEEI020B 2.1;2.2;2.3;2.4;2.5;2.6
7 Process Control Modes ,                                                            -UEENEEI020B 2.1;2.2;2.4;;2.6                                             Assessment task 2 ( Assignment issued) 25%
8 Prpoprtional controllers                                                               -UEENEEI020B 2.1;2.2;2.3;2.4;                                          Accumulative Lab assessment 2%
9 Integral controllers ,                                                                      -UEENEEI020B 2.1;2.2;2.3;2.4;2.5;2.6
10 Automation Studio                                                                      -UEENEEI020B 1.1;2.2;1.3;2.4;2.5;2.6                               Accumulative Lab assessment 3%
11 PID controllers                                                                            -UEENEEI020B 2.1;2.2;2.3;2.4;2.5;2.6                                         
12 PID tunning methods                                                                 -UEENEEI020B 2.1;2.2;2.3;2.4;2.5;2.6                                 Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
14 Feedforward, Cascade and ratio control                                 --UEENEEI020B 3.1;3.2;3.3;2.4;2.5                                     Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
15 Telemetry principles                                                                    --UEENEEI020B 3.1;3.2;3.3;2.4;2.5
16 PID simulation softwares                                                           --UEENEEI020B 3.1;3.2;3.3;2.                                       
17 Industrial control systems                                                          --UEENEEI020B 3.1;3.2;3.3;2.4;2.5                                       Assessment Task 3 50%
18 Assessment feedback                                                                --UEENEEI020B 3.1;3.2;3.3;2.4;2.5                                       Assignment submission 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marko Dumovic, Process Control Systems, RMIT


 Curtis D. Johnson, Process Control Instrumentation Technology, Prentice Hall

Other Resources

RMIT online learning resources are located on RMIT Online Learning Hub.
Follow the link to log in
The Learning Hub ( Blackboard) is the central point of access to the online courses in which students are registered.

Recommended Videos and DVDs available in RMIT Carlton Library:
- Understanding Electrical Diagrams and Control Circuits
- Instrumentation Discrete and Sensory
- Electrical Switching Timing and Control Devices
- Digital controllers ( 30’)
- Process Variables ( 30’)
- Process Characteristics ( 30’)
- Feedback Control ( 30’)
- Process Control Modes (30’)

Resources to assist student learning and assessment are be placed on School’s internal network , S and X drives. Student will need student’s login number and password to access this information.

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed through a range of practical exercises, assignments and progressive tests.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 (Practical exercises) 25%
Cumulative assessment of practical laboratory exercises and demonstrations on Proportional Integral and Differential (PID) Controllers, control parameters, controller tunning and nalaogue digital interfacing to controller.
A range of work simulated exercises and demonstrations is design for student to:
A. Demonstrate an understanding the extent of the basic industrial control system problem
B. Obtain electronic device and circuit parameters, specifications and performance requirements appropriate to each problem.
C. Test solutions to basic industrial control system problems
D. Document justification of solutions implemented in accordance established procedures

Assessment task 2 ( Assignment) 25%
Work simulated assignment o effects of PID control gain parameters, system response, effects of increasing and decreasing controller proportional , integral and differential constants.

Assessment task 3 ( Written assessment) 50%
Test on open and closed loop systems, PID control actions, Algorithm and characteristics of Proportional, Integral and Derivative components of a controller, controllers configuration and tuning methods

Student has also to show an understanding of Occupational Health and Safety to an extent indicated by the following aspects:
• basic legal requirements covering occupational health and safety in the workplace
• the requirements for personal safety in the workplace
• identifying potential workplace hazards and suggested measures for accident prevention
• working safely with electrical tools or equipment
• emergency procedures for the rescue of an electric shock victim equipment
• emergency first aid for an electric shock victim

This course is graded using the following course grades-

CHD- Competent with High Distinction
CDI- Competent with Distinction
CC- Competent with Credit
CAG- Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for Assessment

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Assessment Matrix



Competency National Code Competency Titlelab AssignmentProject/
UEENEEG020BProvide solutions to problems in basic industrial control systems                                                                                  X       X    X



Other Information

A license to practise in the workplace is required for work involving direct access to plant and equipment connected to installation wiring at voltages above 50 V a.c. or 120 V d.c.

* In this course, minimum student directed hours are 12 in addition to 48 scheduled teaching hours.
* Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, report for practical work, and  individual student-teacher course-related consultation.  

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