Course Title: Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET6328C

Course Title: Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6114 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mr. Zoran Savic

Tel: 99254468


Nominal Hours: 80

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

MEM16008A Interact with computing technology

Course Description

This unit covers operating computers and/or controllers in industrial situations and preparing and maintaining programs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM23003A Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations


1 Operate a computer &/or controller system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Operate a range of hardware to complete engineering tasks.
1.2 Use appropriate software to produce required outcomes.
1.3 Identify and use available sources of help to overcome basic difficulties with applications. Ensure technical instructions are followed and inconsistencies and technical difficulties investigated and resolved. This should include adherence to occupational health and safety regulations / guidelines.


2 Develop/customise computer &/or controller systems/programs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Work plan for the programming/customising task is prepared in accordance with organizational guidelines.
2.2 Programs are written/altered/customised in the required format and computer language. Develop and maintain client engagement with project or task.
2.3 Program/system records are maintained and made available to all interested parties following company procedures.

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to operating and programming computers &/or controllers in industrial situations. It includes operating computer/controller hardware and software for engineering tasks; developing or customising computer/controller systems or programs.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of learning methods such as lectures, tutorials, practical, classroom discussion and assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the materials in the schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources.

week 1
Course outline and assessment
• Introduction to course guide
• OH&S issues and good practices
• Introduction to PLC Control System

week 2
PLC System components & arrangement
• PLC Memory area structure
• Manufacture’s installation requirements
• Various type of PLCs
• Basic structure of a PLC
• Operating principles
• PLC I/O configuration
• Basic Logic functions: Yes, Not, AND.OR

week 3
Discrete field devices.
• Introduction to fluid power system and components
• industrial switches : push button selector, toggle
• industrial sensors : position, flow, proximity, photoelectric, optical
• actuators: linear and rotating, electromagnetic

week 4
PLC operation and software
• Modes of operation. Program, Monitor, Run.
• Power up routine. 
• RS232 serial communications to PLC
• Programming basics with
Ladder Format
• on-line simulation

week 5
PLC programming
• Basic control system design concepts
• Process flowchart
• Set up I/O requirements
• IEC61131 programming languages
• Ladder Diagram manipulation
• Scan cycle
Programming monitoring and editing
• Hand out:

week 6
PLC programming
• Latching operation. LD latching device.
Memory device, keep relays
• Concepts to design a basic PLC controlled pneumatic system

week 7
PLC programming
• work on assignment 1, task 2, Reciprocation of pneumatic actuator-two actuators
• timers and counters

week 8
Working on assignment 1 task 3-applications of timers
Task involve general practice of : Design, programming, commissioning and faults finding leads to final demonstration of working program

week 9
Working on assignment 1 task 4-applications of counters
Assignment 1 involve general practice of :
Design, programming, commissioning and faults finding leads to final demonstration of working program

week 10
PLC programming
• Demonstration of assignment 1 all tasks combined 

week 11
PLC programming
• Introduction to sequential control design concepts
• step-action diagrams

week 12
PLC programming
• Sequencers. Process driven program flowcharts.
• Hand out Assignment 2
Specifications and assessment criteria

week 13
PLC programming

week 14

week 15

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Automation with programmable logic controllers. Peter Rohner.

Other Resources

PLC test kit, Blackboard, audio-visual aids and course notes.

Overview of Assessment

Assignments and projects

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to pass each of the following assessment tasks to complete this unit

Assessment Task 1 – Practical

Assessment Task 2 – Written Assignment

Assessment Task 3 – Examination - Closed book

Assessment Matrix

 ElementsPerformance Criteria
Assessment Task 11
1.1 - 1.3
2.1 - 2.3
Assessment Task 21
1.1 - 1.3
2.1 - 2.3
Assessment Task 31
1.1 - 1.3
2.1 - 2.3

Other Information

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no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

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Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
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