Course Title: Design and use advanced programming tools PC networks and HMI Interfacing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6141C

Course Title: Design and use advanced programming tools PC networks and HMI Interfacing

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6120 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electrical

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Zoran Savic
Phone: + 613 9925 4996

Nominal Hours: 120

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 the design of computer application for control processes. It encompasses apply knowledge of control devices, control systems, programmable logic controllers, supervisory control and data acquisition systems and control programming methods, developing alternative design schemes based on design brief, customer relations and documenting designs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEI154A Design and use advanced programming tools PC networks and HMI Interfacing


1. Prepare to design engineering computer applications.

Performance Criteria:

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 the proposed control system is determined from the design brief or in consultation with appropriate person(s).
1.4 Design development work is planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved on the work site.


2. Develop engineering computer applications design.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Knowledge of control devices, control systems and control programming methods are applied to the design.
2.2 Alternative concepts for the design are tested based on the requirements outlined in the design brief. (Note)
2.3 Safety, functional and budget considerations are incorporated in the design.
2.4 System design draft is checked for compliance with the design brief and regulatory requirements.
2.5 System design is documented for submission to appropriate person(s) for approval.
2.6 Solutions to unplanned situation are provided consistent with organisation’s policy.


3. Obtain approval for engineering computer applications design.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 System design is presented and explained to client representative and/or other relevant person(s).
3.2 Requests for alterations to the design are negotiated with relevant person(s) within the constraints of organisation’s policy.
3.3 Final design is documented and approval obtained from appropriate person(s).
3.4 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organisational or professional standards.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:

• Lectures
• Practicals
• Group/individual work on projects
• Audio-visual presentations
• Interaction with individuals and groups within the Electrotechnology area

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.
EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.
Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEI154A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:


WeekTopics DeliveredElements/Performance Criteria
1Introduction, Safety induction.1.1, 1.2
2Procedures (Safety, engineering, and documentation). Define the automation task and establish the project development process1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
3Process modelling and functional descriptions2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
4-5Program structure and component interfaces1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
6-8Sequence control programming using IEC61131-3 languages1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
9Introduction to process visualisation and PTs1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
10Simulation tools2.1, 2.2
11Configuring PT communication settings2.1, 2.2
12PT binary object configuration2.1, 2.2, 2.3
13Safety requirements2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
14-15Diagnostics and trace tools2.1, 2.2, 2.3
16PT digital object configuration2.1, 2.2, 2.3
17-18Examinations period 
19Configuring the safety controller and programming the safety functions1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
20PT alarm configuration and log files2.1, 2.2, 2.3
21Condition monitoring and process diagnostics1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
22Introduction to network technologies2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
23Ethernet2.1, 2.2, 2.3
24Network topologies and media2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
25-26Determinism and industrial Ethernet protocols2.1, 2.2, 2.3
27-28Configuring network devices and testing network operation1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
29-30Referencing network memory areas1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
31-32Closed loop control2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
33Introduction to PID control2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
34Programming PID function blocks1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
35-36Project Presentations3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is minimum 60 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks for this course.


• OMROM on line manuals
• HIRSCHMANN training materials
• Lecture notes
• Hand out materials

SIEMENS on line manuals

Beckhoff on line manuals

Other Resources

Resource materials will be available on Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Project 1 - Part 1
Weighting towards final grade (%):20

Assessment 2: Project 1 - Part 2
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 3: Project 1 – Part 3
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 4: Project 1 – Part 4
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance CriteriaProject 1 - Part 1Project 1 - Part 2Project 1 - Part 3Project 1 - Part 4
2.3 xx 
2.6 xx 
3.1 xxx

Assessment Tasks

  • Project 1 - Part 1, 20% , Week 10
  • Project 1 - Part 2, 20% , Week 15
  • Project 1 - Part 3, 20% , Week 24
  • Project 1 - Part 4, 40% , Week 32


Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.
This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEI154A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEI154A Elements & Performance Criteria
Project 1 - Part 1 x x xx x x xx  x xx
Project 1 - Part 2xxxxx x x x x x x x x x
Project 1 - Part 3xxx xxx x x x x x x x x
Project 1 - Part 4  x  x x xx  xxx x

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Project 1 - Part 1 X XX  XXXXXX    X
Project 1 - Part 2  XX XX X   X XXXXX
Project 1 - Part 3X XX X XX X X  X X XX X
Project 1 - Part 4 X X X X X          
All Assessments
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:
• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

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

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support

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.

Please Refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit

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.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to find more information about special consideration


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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