Course Title: Set up industrial field control devices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: EEET7033C

Course Title: Set up industrial field control devices

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

Marko Dumovic 

Ph:   +613 9925 4390



appointment by email

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 setting up industrial field control devices such as transducers, sensors, and actuators. It encompasses working safely, following design brief, applying knowledge of device operating principles, interpreting device specifications, following manufacturer’s set up specifications, testing device operation and documenting set up parameters.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEI119A Set up industrial field control devices


1. Prepare to set up industrial field control devices.

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 field devices to be set up are determined from control system specifications 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. Set up industrial field control devices.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Devices are set up drawing on knowledge of field device and operation, characteristics and applications.
2.3 Devices are positioned and adjusted in accordance with their operating principles, manufacturer instructions and control system requirements.
2.4 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
2.5 Setting up devices is carried out efficiently without waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.


3. Test and document set up of industrial field control devices.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 Field devices are tested and final adjustments made to correct any anomalies in their operation.
3.3 Field device set up is documented in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

 You will involve in the following learning activites to meet requirementsfor this competency and stage 1 competenciesfor Engineering Associates: 

• Tutorials
• Practical laboratory tests
• Reports


  • Practical Exercises involve work simulated  exercises related to:
    Instrumentation safe working practices. Sensor characterisitcs requirements encompassing: safety precaution for the various types of devices, connecting devices, locating, testing characterisitcs, principles of analog signal conditioning, digital signal conditioning

    Classroom tutorial activities involving the following topics:
    Measurement chanel principles and concepts , regulations and codes applicable to instrumentation and control. Characteristics of transducers and sensors involving: Strain sensors ,Temperature Measurement , Flow Measurement, Pressure Measurement, Level Measurement, Proximity sensors, Displacement, Location or position sensors, Light dependant resistor,  Wheatstone bridge connection.

    Independent Research activity on transducers and sensors.

 Underpinning knowledge is required befor undertaking practical exercises.
components . control system, plus a range of transducerPractical activites in a laboratory contains a simulated electrical/electronic .

This course requires that students demonstrate highly practical skills in identifying, selecting, troubleshooting and adjusting a range of transducers and sensors

 Application of different electronic/control devices. Involving the development of testing procedure to verify the performance specification, diagnosis of faults in the systems and completion of the commission.

Learning and simulated work activities are designed  to demonstrate an understanding of principles of operation of transducers and sensors. 


Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

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


Engineers Australia 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.

Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with Competency UEENEEI119A in the Assessment Matrix

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Week Topic Delivered

Elements/Performance Criteria


Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, resources, OHS issues.
Description of the elements of a process control system with emphasis on instrumentation, transducers, sensors, control valves AV: Soldering Sequence (revision) AV: Photoelectric Effect Definitions of Accuracy and Precision, in class activity 1 (part of 10%)

 1.1 1.2 1.3 .14 1.5
2   Process control systems, Control Components Transducers, Sensors, Valves. Basic cable and conductor terminations
AV: Instrumentation Discrete and Sensory, Prepare to set up industrial field control devices. Transducers symbols.  Preparing to set up industrial field control devices in class activity 2 ( part of 10%)
 1.1 1.2 1.3 .14 1.5

Concepts of measurement, Definitions, Range, Span, Hysteresis, Accuracy and Precision , Instrument static and dynamic characteristics.Prepare to set up field control devices, Practical Exercise: Basic Measurement Channel , Time constant, rise time, dead time. Instrumentation standards. AV: Process Characteristics.  in class activity 3 ( part of 10%)

 1.1 1.2 1.3 .14 1.5
4 Measurement of Temperature, Types of Sensing Elements, Resistance Temperature Devices, Thermocouple temperature sensing elements. Typical Industrial Thermocouple Circuits, Intermediate Temperature of Metals, .  AV: Process Variables. Preparing to set up industrial field control devices. in class activity 4 ( part of 10%)  1.1 1.2 1.3 .14 2.1 2.2, 3.1
5 Setting up of Temperature Transducer, Principles of Pressure measurement, Pressure Units, The Bourdon Tube, Pressure Gauges, Manometer , Practical Exercise: Radiation Pyrometers, Optical Pyrometers, Infrared Camera. in class activity 5 ( part of 10%)  2.1, 2.2, 2.3 3.1 3.2

Documenting set up of industrial field control devices. 

Written assessment on concepts of measurement and instrument characteristics, Test 1 25 %

  2.1, 22, 2.3 3.1 3.2,
7 Level Measurement , Float Methods, Capacitance Probes, Radiation Level Probes, Ultrasonic Level Measurements, Displacer Level Measurement. in class activity 6 ( part of 10%)   2.1, 2.3 2.4 2.5
8 Flow measurement, Flow Detection, Mass Flow Meters, Positive Displacement Meters, Practical Restriction Flow Meters,Turbine Flow meters, Corriolis Flow Meters, Ultrasonic Flow meter, Thermal Flow Meters. AV: Flow . in class activity 7 ( part of 10%)   2.1, 2.2, 2.3 2.4 2.5

Proximity detectors, Limit switches, Hall effect devices, Process characteristics .

Setting up industrial field control devices. Practical Exercise Trancducer Characterisitcs , assessment 5%

  2.1, 22, 2.3 2.4 2.5
10 Strain gauge, Wheatstone bridgeMultisim Temperature Exercise (RTD) Characteristics, manufacturers data, verification of characteristics,  Practical Exercise assessment 5%    2.3 2.4 2.5
11 Proximity detectors, Limit switches, Hall effect devices, Process characteristics , Practical Exercise Trancducer Characterisitcs.  Practical Exercise 5%   2.1, 22, 2.3 2.4

Light dependant resistor,  Manufacturers data, verification of characteristics

Transducers and Sensors laboratory exercises. Practical Exercise on testing and documenting set up of industrial field control devices. Assessment 5%.

  2.1 2.3 2.4 2.5

Setting up field control devices, device specifications, signal conditioning.

Relay and thermostat practical setting and control exercises 5%

  2.1, 22, 2.3 2.4 2.5

Pressure Measurement ;Testing and documenting set up of industrial field control devices.

Practical Exercise Strain Gauge.5%

  1.1 1.2, 3.1 3.2, 2.3 2.4 2.5

Instrument safe working practices ; Setting field control devices; Process Variables, Transmitters, Sensors ; Flow control process rig.

in class activity 8 ( part of 10%)

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 2.1 2.2 2.3
16   Documenting setting field control devices in accordance with established procedures.   Test 2    35%  2,1 2,4, 2.5 3.1c 3.2
17   Documenting setting field control devices in accordance with established procedures.  3.1. 3.2 3.3
18   Feedback on Assessment.  3.1 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 20 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marko Dumovic,  Control Devices,  RMIT, 2014

Online notes posted on Blackboard


Curtis D. Johnson, Process Control Instrumentation Technology, Prentice Hall 2000

Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Multimedia Resources, to assist student learning and assessment will be placed on School’s internal network drive (S:\C6120\EEET7033CField Control Devices) .

Student will need student’s login number and password to access this information.

- pool\C6120\EEET7033C\Siemens Sensors Tutorial

- Jacob Fraden, Handbook of Modern Sensors: Physics, Designs, and Applications (Handbook of Modern Sensors) By, Publisher: Springer,Publication Date: 2003-12-04, ISBN / ASIN: 0387007504
Electronic book version is available on local student drive.

Recommended Videos and DVDs available in RMIT Carlton Library:
- Instrumentation Discrete and Sensory
- Process Variables ( 30’)
- Process Characteristics ( 30’)
- Instrumentation symbols (30’)
- Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (30’)
- Transmitters ( 40 min)
- Flow ( 51 min)
- Temperature ( 50 min)
- Instrument Calibration (30’)
- Instrumentation Loop Troubleshooting (30’)

-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. 

For detailed mapping / information please refer to the C6120 program guide under the accreditation section,

Overview of Assessment

he 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: Test 1
Weighting towards final grade (%): 25

Assessment 2: Practical exercises
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 3: Test 2
Weighting towards final grade (%): 35

Assessment 4: Class participation and performance
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria Test 1 Test 2 Practical Exercises Class participation and performance
1.1 x x x x
1.2     X X
1.3     X X
1.4     X X
1.5     X X
1.6 X X   X
2.1 X X X  
2.2 X X X  
2.3 X X   X
2.4 X X X  
2.5 X X X X
3.1 X X X X
3.2 X X X X
3.3       X
3.4 X X    
3.5     X X
3.6     X  
3.7 X X    
4.1     X X
4.2     X  
4.3 X X    


Assessment Tasks


Assessment 1:  Test 1: 25%  Week 6
Written assessment on Concepts of measurement, Definitions, Range, Span, Hysteresis, Accuracy and Precision , Instrument static and dynamic characteristics, Control Modes, Basic Measurement Channel

Assessment 2:  Practical exercises: 30%    (Weeks9-14)
Setting up field control devices including:
A. Determining characterisitics the field control devices to be set up
B. Connecting devices accordance with their operating principles, manufacturer instructions and control system requirements
C. Testing field devices 
D. Documenting field control device set up in accordance established procedures
E. Dealing with unplanned events by drawing on essential knowledge and skills to provide appropriate solutions.
F. Show an understanding of Occupational Health and Safety.
Work performance simulation projects and laboratory exercises have to be undertaken toward the end of the unit, in a controlled environment for the specified duration in order to perform tasks autonomously and/or a member of a team.

Assessment 3:  Test 2: 35%   (week 16)

Written assessment to demonstrate an understanding of flow, straing gauge, temperature, level, force and pressure measurement techniques, sensors and transducers.

Assessment 4:  Class participation and performance 10%

Ongoing class assessment relating to preparation and setting up field control devices.
When participating in class activities, students must demonstrate ability to: 
Organise and manage the tasks within the assignment requirements 
Perform tasks autonomously and/or as a member of a team as task proscribes 
Perform task and manage work environment/equipment according to safe working practice and OH&S requirements. 
Meet assessment criteria, conditions and technical requirement relevant to the competency standard detail above. 


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 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 UEENEEEI019B Elements and Performance Criteria

   UEENEEEI019B Elements and Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 3.1 3.2 3.3
Test 1  X          X  X  X  X  X  X  X  
Test 2  X          X  X  X  X  X  X  X  
Practical Exercises  X  X  X  X  X  X  X    X  X  X  X  
Class participation and performance  X  X  X  X  X      X    X  X  X  X


 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
  EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6 
Test 1  X    X  X  X    X  X      X  X    X  X  X
Test 2 X   X X X   X X     X X   X X X
Practical Exercise  X    X  X    X    X    X  X
Class participation and performance  X  X    X      X  X      X    X      
All assessments UEENEEI119A  3  2 2  1  1  1  3  3  1  1  1  3 1  3  1  1
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

A license to practice 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.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
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• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
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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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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:

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This course is accredited by Engineers Australia.

Engineering employment requires the capacity to work effectively in teams, to communicate effectively in both oral and writing and to learn effectively. In order to prepare students for employment as graduates they will be provided a quality assured teaching and learning environment which is conductive to the development of adult learning. Adult learning is characterised by the students accepting responsibility for their own learning and actively participating in the learning process as individuals and as contributors to the teams. Adult learning is the hallmark of a professional. The specific responsibilities as adult learners in respect of this subject are:
. to be aware of and to observe the regulations related to plagiarism
. to submit (on time) all work for assessment as required
. to complete all pre-reading and preparatory work prior to the class for which it will be used
. to effectively use the academic staff resources provided (consultation time, tutors, e- mail etc)
. to participate as an effective and honest member of a learning team
. to contribute effectively to a group of peers in a climate of mutual respect and to question each other and the academic staff when uncertain.

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