Course Title: Industry 4.0

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industry 4.0

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Coordinator: Dr. Ben Cheng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6009

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.3.17

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge
You are assumed to have basic knowledge of software programming in C and/or Javascript and computer networking.  

Course Description

In this course you will learn the fundamental issues, concepts, and design criteria in industry 4.0 (I4.0). The course will walk you through the I4.0 digital value chain using a bottom-up approach, starting from physical sensors to end-user dashboards. Sensing hardware, communication stacks, middleware, and toolkits utilised in I4.0 systems will be covered. Specifically, you will understand how the whole digitalisation process with I4.0 technologies can make a modern manufacturing line have better monitoring and controlling capabilities, and thus yield higher productivities. You will learn the challenges in deploying practical I4.0 systems, including noise interference and networking issues. Additionally, you will have hands-on experience integrating sensing technologies, communication systems, and data visualisation tools to build your I4.0 applications in this course. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is an option course so it is not required to contribute to the development of program learning outcomes (PLOs) though it may assist your achievement of several PLOs for the following programs:  

BH068 Bachelor of Engineering (Adv Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours) 
BH073 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering) (Honours) 

PLO1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering.  

PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.     

PLO4: 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.  

PLO5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Describe the digital value chain and development strategy in I4.0. 
  2. Apply data aggregation, processing, and visualisation techniques in I4.0 to manufacturing systems. 
  3. Integrate hardware and/or software components to form an industry 4.0 system systematically.  

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities throughout the course include online lectorials (lecture-tutorial) and practical sessions. Key concepts and principles will be explained and illustrated in the lectorial sessions. You will practice with computer software packages and hardware in the practical sessions.  

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials are available on Canvas and you may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books and digitised materials at RMIT libraries will be available as well. 

You will also use software packages for the project work. During the course, you will be directed to many websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.  

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 RMIT Student website.  

Overview of Assessment

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Task 1: Workshop assignments   
Weighting: 30% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2. 

Assessment Task 2: Online take-home mid-term assessment 
Weighting: 35% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2. 

Assessment Task 3: End-of-semester project 
Weighting: 35% 
This assessment task supports CLO 3.  

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.