Course Title: Instrumentation and Control

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUSM6032L

Course Title: Instrumentation and Control

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6050 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering

Course Contact : William Lau

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4703

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jan Jia

+61 3 9925 4390

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

PRE-REQUISITE :Circuit Theory 1 & 2
CO-REQUISITE: Simulation A

Course Description

To enable students to gain knowledge and skills in the area of process control systems, temperature, flow, pressure measurement. Students will also know the effects of proportional, integral and differential controller gains on process control system.

This learning unit is one of a group of units designed to collectively meet underpinning skill & applied knowledge essential for developing the following Core Competency :

UTE NES 008A – Provide technical leadership in the workplace

Which is contained in the National Electrotechnology Training Package UTE99

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UTENES008A Provide technical leadership in the workplace


o 008.1 Demonstrate standards of performance
o 008.2 Maintain personal competence
o 008.3 Organise personal work priorities

Performance Criteria:

• Demonstrate application of the following generic or Key Competencies within the practical activities and work performance simulations
o Collect, analyse and organise information.
o Communicate ideas and information ((testing & evaluation procedures)
o Plan and organise activities (lab & simulation activities)
o Work with others and in teams (lab & simulation activities)
o Apply mathematical ideas and techniques (calculations)
o Solve problems
o Use technology

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate face to face in

• Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the core essential mathematical concepts for engineering study, which may include algebraic manipulations and functions, indices and logarithms trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers.

• Work simulation activities focus in technical leadership activities, which include: team building, identify team member’s work task, clear and concise dissemination of ideas and information, planning and organising activities to meet requested standards. Demonstrate leadership characteristic, such as: problem solving, keeping records and documenting tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, resources, OHS issues. Process Control Systems, Open/Closed Loop System
Week 2 Concepts of measurement, Definitions, Range, Span, Hysteresis, Accuracy and Precision , System response, Instrumentation symbols,
Week 3 Set point, Settling time, Control lag, Process lag, Dead time, Process load and lag, Control System Parameters – Error, Cycling, Controller Output Range, Continuous controllers, Proportional Controller
Week 4 Proportional Band, Gain, Offset Error. Assignment issued
Week 5 Analogue control and PLC programming
Week 6 Diagnosing faults in analogue PLC control systems and associated apparatus
Week 7 Integral Control, Composite controllers, Proportional and integral control, Derivative control effects. Revision
Week 8 Progressive test 1,
Week 9 Temperature Measurement. Basic Measurement Channel
Week 10 Proportional & Integral Temperature controller
Week 11 PID tuning techniques
Week 12 Zeigler-Nichols tuning method,
Week 13 Flow Measurement, Level Measurement
Week 14 Pressure Measurement
Week 15 Signal Conditioning, Competency NES 008 A – Provide technical leadership in the workplace activities
Week 16 Revision through competency assessment :NES 008 A – Provide technical leadership in the workplace
Week 17 Progressive test 2. Assignment due date.
Week 18 Assessment feedback, catch-up test, assignment, laboratory work catch-up.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Marko Dumovic, Process Control Systems, RMIT, 2005

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

class notes

Overview of Assessment

A combination of questioning, written tests, problem solving, assignments and practical exercise.

• Two progressive tests, 30 %
• Assignment and work performance simulations projects 40%
• Laboratory work 30 %

Assessment Tasks

Assessment activities will be as close as practicable to real work situations and will require “real work” type decision-making by the student. Evidence of competent performance shall be gathered from

• Work performance simulations
These projects have to demonstrate the applied knowledge required to meet assessment criteria and technical requirement specified in the following competency standard:

NES 008 A – Provide technical leadership in the workplace
o 008.1 Demonstrate standards of performance
o 008.2 Maintain personal competence
o 008.3 Organise personal work priorities

When performing the simulations, students must demonstrate ability to:
o Organise and manage the tasks within the simulations
o Cope with any contingencies that arise during the simulations and solve inherent problems
o Perform tasks autonomously and/or as a member of a team as task proscribes
o Perform task and manage work environment/equipment according to safe working practice and OH&S requirements.
o Meet assessment criteria, conditions and technical requirement relevant to the competency standard detail above.

• Progressive and Validation Tests

Theoretical concept underpinning measurement and testing procedures will be assessed progressively in tests throughout the unit. A written/oral validation test will also apply to aspects of projects done in groups

Although this learning unit will be assessed on completion, the competency itself will not be signed off until this and further learning units are completed and the student is deemed competent.

• A Pass in the Learning Unit when evidence of learning is collected according to the requirements as stated at “assessment criteria”. The documentation must be clearly communicated and submitted to supervisor within specified time.

Assessment Matrix

• Two progressive tests, 30 %
• Assignment and work performance simulations projects 40%
• Laboratory work 30 %

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