Course Title: Apply automated systems principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering situations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: AERO5957C

Course Title: Apply automated systems principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering situations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6131 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aeronautical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Luigi La Forgia
Phone: +613 99254864

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

MEM23052A Apply basic electro and control scientific principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering situations
MEA349A Apply basic scientific principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering

Course Description

This unit of competency covers applying scientific principles and techniques to automated systems in aeronautical engineering.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM23097A Apply automated systems principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering situations


1. Identify the range of principles and techniques relevant to automated systems

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Research and report on automated systems engineering techniques and associated technologies, software and hardware associated with implementing scientific principles relating to automated systems applications using appropriate sources of information.
1.2. Identify regulatory requirements associated with automated systems.


2. Select principles and techniques relevant to automated systems applications

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Select the relevant principles for particular automated systems situations the relevant principles.
2.2. Select the relevant techniques and associated technologies, software and hardware for particular automated systems situations.


3. Apply the relevant automated systems principles and techniques appropriately

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Apply the principles in a consistent and appropriate manner to obtain any required solution.
3.2. Use appropriate calculations and correct units to establish quantities.
3.3. Use coherent units in equations in a systematic manner to ensure meaningful solutions.
3.4. Use significant figures in engineering calculations.
3.5. Apply the techniques and associated technologies, software and hardware in a consistent and appropriate manner to obtain required solutions.


4. Quote the results of the application of automated systems principles and techniques correctly

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Quote solutions for applications involving engineering calculations in an appropriate style.
4.2. Quote solutions for applications not involving engineering calculations in an appropriate style.

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
• Tutorials
• Practicals/Project Work
• Class discussion

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

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEM23097A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule


WeekTopic DeliveredElement/Performance Criteria
1Introduction to control systems and automation. Basic elements of an automated system. Advanced automation functions.1.1-1.2
2Open-loop and closed-loop control systems. Transfer functions. Steady-state error.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2
3Analogue and digital control. Analog sensor/actuator interface (ADC, DAC). Discrete sensor/actuator interface.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2

Position and displacement sensors. Velocity, acceleration and force sensors. 

 Assessment 1

1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
5Tempertature, flow rate, pressure and liquid level sensors.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
6Control of discrete processes. Sequential processes. State diagrams1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
7 Programmable controllers.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
8 Programming logic functions using high-level languages.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
9 Programming state sequencer algorithms.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
10 Hydraulic actuators. Solenoid valves. 1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
11 Hydraulic pumps. Fluid pressure, temperature and flow rate.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2

 Hydraulic fluid conditioning. Aircraft system applications.

Assessment 2

1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
13 Control of continuous processes. PID control modes.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
14 Digital PID controllers.1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
15 AC motors and variable frequency drives. 1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2

 Servo motors and servo drives.

Assessment 3
Assessment 4

1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2
17-18 Assessment and Correction period. 2.1-2.2, 2.1-3.5, 4.1-4.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes and Tutorials.


Anderson, J.D., 1989 Introduction to Flight, McGraw-Hill., ISBN 0070016410

Nelson, R.C., 1998, Flight stability and Automatic Control, McGraw-Hill.

Phillips, W. F., 2004, Mechanics of Flight, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471334588

Mircoelectronics in Aircraft Systems, 1985, E H J Pallett

Pamadi, B. N., 2004, Performance, Stability, Dynamics, and Control of Airplanes, 2nd Ed., AIAA Education Series

Aircraft Electricity and Electronics, 2013,Thomas K Eismin, McGraw-Hill

Other Resources

Blackboard, audio-visual aids and course notes.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Research, Presentation and Report, Weeks 9-11 (Please refer to assessment sheet)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

Assessment 2: Practical Demonstrations, Weeks 14-16 (Please refer to assessment sheet)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%


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

Assessment Mapping Matrix




Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1: Research, Presentation and Report

Assessment 2:Practical Demo



































Assessment Tasks


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

Assessment Task 1 – Assignment, 10%

Assessment Task 2 – Project, 30%

 Assessment Task 3 – Assignment, 20%

Assessment Task 4 - Test - Closed book, 40%

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. One student of a group will have account created for this software and must submit the group report by 5 pm on Due Week through TurnItIn. 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 MEM23097A Elements & Performance Criteria

 MEM23097A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2  3.13.2 3.3 3.43.5 4.14.2





 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

                Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Project X  
 Assignment X  X   X  X 
 Test 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

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 25 hours outside the class time.

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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