Course Title: Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: EEET7037C

Course Title: Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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

Jan Jia

Ph: +61 3 9925 4390

Appointment by email

Program Manager
Eddie Vanda

Ph: +61 3 9925 4456

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 development, installation and testing of programs for programmable controllers (PLC) for a system requiring discrete control functions. It encompasses working safely, applying knowledge of control systems, control system development methods, using ladder diagrams/statement list/function block diagram instruction sets, following written instructions and documenting program development and testing activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEI150A Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers


1. Prepare to develop enter and verify program.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood through established routines and procedures.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 Safety hazards that have not previously been identified are reported and advice on risk control measures is sought from the work supervisor.
1.4 Control system scenario is determined from job specifications of the process/plant/machine to be controlled, and through consultation with appropriate person(s).
1.5 Equipment, software and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety.
1.6 Installation of programmable controller is checked for compliance with regulations and job specification.


2. Develop control system and enter and test program.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Circuits/machines/plant are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.3 Control solutions are developed and documented based on the specified control mode and using acceptable methods for designing control systems.
2.4 Developed control system is converted to an appropriate form, such as flow, state and ladder diagrams(See Note 1)
2.5 Program is entered into the programmable control using a personal computer and appropriate software.
2.6 Entered instructions and settings are tested as meeting those specified in by the control system scenario.
2.7 Appropriate methods and tools are used to test control systems and operating faults and anomalies are identified and rectified. (See Note 2)
2.8  Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes


3. Verify, document and report programming activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Program is transferred from a programmable controller to an external medium for storage. (See Note 3)
3.3 Control system specification and program are documented in accordance with established procedures.
3.4 Work completion is reported and appropriate personnel notified in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities
You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals exercises
  • Examination 

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

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA 1.1. 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.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UUEENEEI150A in the Assessment Matrix.


Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule 

Week                   Topic DeliveredElement/Performance Criteria        

Introduction to automation and control systems. safety concepts, occupational health and safety induction, 4 basic logic functions, truth table,

in class activity1, due week 3

 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,3.1

Programmable controllers. CJ2 controller. CX-Programmer. IEC61131 programming languages. Ladder Diagram

in class activity 2

1.4,1.5,1.6 ,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7


Number systems and codes. CPU unit operation. CPU memory organisation.

in class activity 1 due


Programming concepts. Data Types. Logic functions. Logical operators.


Discrete sensors and actuators. Interfacing sensors and actuator devices.

hand out assignment 1 due at week 8

1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4

Bistable and latching functions. Signal edge response.

in class activity 3

7Timers. On-delay, off-delay, and self-resetting timers. Cascaded timers.2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6

Counters. Reversible counters. Cascaded counters. Timer/counter combinations.


1.4,1.5,1.6 ,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8
9Practice of knowledge and skills to simullated industry environment1.4,1.5,1.6 ,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6

Sequential process control. State sequencers in SFC.

in class activity 4

 11.4,1.5,1.6 ,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8
 11Boolean transistions. Transition programs. Branching.2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6

Booleans actions. Action programs. Action qualifiers

assignment 2

 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4

 13Controlled stop and emergency stop requirements.1.1,1.2,,1.3,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6

Manual/Auto mode applications. Timer and counter applications.

in class activity 5

1.4,1.5,1.6 ,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8
 15Programming state sequencers in Ladder Diagram. 1.1,1.2,,1.3,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6

Process monitoring. Operator controls. Alarm processing

Final test

 1.4,1.5,1.6 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
 17-18 catch up works, resit for examination1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project, preparing for test and exam, student teacher course related consultation, and reports. 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 12 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Rexford,K & Guiliani, P 2004, Electrical Control for Machines, Sixth Edition.

Rehg, J & Sartori, G 2009, Programmable Logic Controllers, Second Edition.

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.

Overview of Assessment

The 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: Assignment 1

Assessment 2: Assignment 2

Assessment 3: In class activity

Assessment 4: Final test


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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance CriteriaAssignment 1& 2In class activityFinal test
1.1 x 
1.2 x 
1.3 x 

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

Assessment 1:  Assignment 1 - Week 5
Assessment 2:  Assignment 2 - Week 12

Assessment 3: In class activity - Week 1,2,8,10,12

Assessment 4: Final test - Week 16

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.


Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEI150A Elements & Performance Criteria

  UEENEEI150A Elements &Performance Critieria                 
 Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.22.3  2.42.5  2.6 2.72.8  3.1 3.23.3 3.4 
 Assignments 1& 2    x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
In class Activities         x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
 Final test    x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Assessment vs Engineers Australia stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency
Assignments 1 & 2  xxxxxxxx x xxx
In class activities                        xxxxxxxx x xxx
Final testxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
All Assessments (UEENEEI150A)1133333333131332
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-third of the element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

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 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

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 lodgment 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. 

Please Refer: to find more information about plagiarism. 

Other Information: 

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview