Course Title: Automated System Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Automated System Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2019,
Viet2 2020,
Viet1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Ehsan Asadi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99254515

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed the below courses before you commence this course: 

  • MANU1174 Automatic Control Systems
  • MATH2414 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

This project-based learning course covers the basic concepts and skills required for designing and building automated systems with a particular focus on manufacturing systems. Different sensors and pneumatic and hydraulic actuators that are commonly utilised in automated manufacturing systems are reviewed.

You will learn how to program Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) to program and control systems equipped with comparable sensors and actuators. The course then introduces the basic concepts of discrete signals and systems, and digital control systems. You will gain hands-on experience and knowledge of designing and building a complete automated system using PLC’s through engaging in a project.

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).  

See the WAM information web page for more information. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH068P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics) (Honours)
BH073P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering) (Honours)
BH076P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours)
BH086AMH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
BH091CNH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) / Bachelor of Computer Science
BH111ECH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.
PLO 3: Apply engineering research principles, methods and contemporary technologies and practices to plan and execute projects taking into account ethical, environmental and global impacts.
PLO 4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 
PLO 7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to First Nations peoples and globally inclusive perspectives and participation.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH068 Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics) (Honours)
BH086AMHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business (International Business)

2 Engineering Application Ability
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.1 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.  

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse automated pneumatic and electro-pneumatic systems in advanced manufacturing processes,
  2. Design and develop an optimal set of sensors and actuators to implement an automated manufacturing system or subsystem,
  3. Implement a designed automated system using electro-pneumatic components,
  4. Program a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) as the embedded processor of an automated system,
  5. Analyse discrete-time and digital signals and systems,
  6. Analyse and design stable closed-loop digital control systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

A significant part of this course will be focused on problem-solving and laboratory experiments. Lectorials will deal with theoretical concepts and application of these concepts to solve various engineering problems. Laboratory and project work will enable you to actively explore and apply the main concepts covered in lectures, in the context of a project, which is focused on designing and building a complete automated system from scratch. This course will significantly enhance your employability by enriching your technical skills in the context of automation, and your teamwork, project management and communication skills.  

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course. You will also use equipment and software packages in the laboratory for the project work. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Multiple-choice online quizzes (Individual)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 2: Project Reports (Group)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3:Project: Demonstration and presentation (Group)
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 4: Time Limited Test in a Time Window (Time Limited test that may be taken any time within a 24-hour period) (Individual)
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4, 5, 6

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.