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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

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

Zoran Savic
Phone: +613 9925 4996

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 teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, practicals, class discussion, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, and interaction with individuals and groups within the Mechanical/Aeronautical engineering areas.

It is expected that students will require at least 3 hours per week for independent study (in addition to the scheduled sessions) to do program development work.

Teaching Schedule

1. Safety induction. Machine safety concepts.
2. Introduction to programmable controllers and CX-Programmer.
3. Creating and editing Ladder programs. Elements of Ladder Diagram.
4. Memory organisation. Variables and data types. Number systems and codes.
5. Programming basic logic functions (AND, OR, NOT)
6. Programming bistable devices.
7. Programming timer devices.
8. Programming counter devices.
9. Sequencers. SFC overview. SFC Editor in CX-Programmer.
10. Creating and editing SFC programs. Process states and transitions. Divergence, convergence and loops.
11. SFC execution. Creating transition functions.
12. Time driven transition functions.
13. Action blocks. Assigning action qualifiers.
14. Process visualisation with CX-Designer.
15. Integrating operator control functions.
16. Integrating process monitoring functions.
17. Examinations period.
18. Examinations period.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Rexford,K & Guiliani, P 2004, Electrical Control for Machines, Sixth Edition.

Rehg, J & Sartori, G 2009, Programmable Logic Controllers, Second Edition.

Borden, Terry & Cox, Richard, 2013, Technician's Guide to Programmable Controllers, Sixth Edition

Other Resources

PLC Manufacturer’s operation manuals.

Omron. CX-Programmer V9.x
Omron. Sysmac CJ1M/CJ1H CPU Units
Omron. SFC Programming

Overview of Assessment

Assignments and projects

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Project 1 (15%) - Weeks 6 - 8
2. Project 2 (35%) - Weeks 9 - 16
3. Practical Test (50%) - Week 17

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.
Assessment tasks have additional requirements for post competence performance.
Percentages shown apply to post competence grading only.

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

Assessment Matrix

Assessment TaskElement        
Project 11, 2
Project 21, 2
Practical Test1, 2

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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