Course Title: Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: MIET6328C

Course Title: Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6130 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

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: 9925 4864

Andrew Kim
Phone: 9925 4295

Nominal Hours: 80

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

MEM16008A Interact with computing technology

Course Description

This unit covers operating computers and/or controllers in industrial situations and preparing and maintaining programs

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM23003A Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations


1. Operate a computer and/or controller system

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Operate a range of hardware to complete engineering tasks.
1.2. Use appropriate software to produce required outcomes.
1.3. Identify and use available sources of help to overcome basic difficulties with applications. Ensure technical instructions are followed and inconsistencies and technical difficulties investigated and resolved. This should include adherence to occupational health and safety regulations / guidelines.


2. Develop/customise computer and/or controller systems/programs

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Work plan for the programming/customising task is prepared in accordance with organizational guidelines.
2.2. Programs are written/altered/customised in the required format and computer language. Develop and maintain client engagement with project or task.
2.3. Program/system records are maintained and made available to all interested parties following company procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the 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
• Practicals
• 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 MEM23003A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below: 

Week Topics Delivered Elements / Performance Criteria
1 Introduction to
- Machine Safety
- Programmable controllers (PLC)
- CX- Programmer
- Number systems
- Codes
Evidence of Participation Task – IO Table
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
2 IO Tables – To produce one for each of the 4 different stations. This is assessment Task 1 worth 10% of final mark.
Programming basic logic functions (AND, OR, NOT).
Creating and editing programs in Ladder Memory organisation.
Variables and data types.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Programming timers.
Programming bistable devices.

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
4 Consolidation of Weeks 1 - 3.
Complete Assessment Task 1 with academic consultation.

Assessment Task 1 Due (10%) – IO Table for the 4 different stations. Please submit this Task 1 through Blackboard before it closes at 17:30, Fri 1st August 2014. You will not be able to submit your work after then.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
5 Programming counters.
Sequential Function Charts (SFC).
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
6 - 10 Laboratory sessions – Task analysis and programming (consolidating and reinforcing Topics in Weeks 1 - 5.
Simple, discrete components operations involving timers, counters, KEEP, lamps and single action cylinder.
To complete single standard/simple industrial tasks eg. On/Off timer.
It is critical that you apply yourself to working on the stations to develop your experience, knowledge, and skills, to a level with which you are prepared for the assessments to demonstrate your competency.
You will be rostered in class so as to work on different stations.
You will be allocated to stations randomly for assessments.

Assessment Task 2 Due (35%) - Week 9 – Operate and program controllers in engineering situations. On the assessment day, you will be randomly allocated one of the stations and given the specific requirements for which you need to program and perform.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
11 - 15 Followed on the tasks in Weeks 6 - 10.
Students are facilitated to integrate timers, counters, KEEP, lamps and single action cylinder components for industrial automation applications.
Use each of these components at least twice.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
16 Assessment Task 3 Due (55%) – Operate and program controllers in engineering situations. On the assessment day, you will be randomly allocated one of the stations and given the specific requirements for which you need to program and perform at a level which is higher than Task 2. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
17 Feedback. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes and Tutorials.


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

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

Borden, Terry & Cox, Richard 2013, Technician’s Guide to Programmable Controllers, Sixth Edition

Omron 2012, SFC Introduction Guide

Omron 2012, FB ST Introduction Guide

Other Resources

PLC Manufacturer’s operation manuals 2012.

Omron. CX-Programmer V9.4
Omron. Sysmac CJ2M CPU Units 

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: Task 1

Weighting towards final grade (%): 10

Assessment 2: Task 2
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

Assessment 3: Task 3
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

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

 Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria Covered

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

























Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 - 10%
Assessment Task 2 - 35%
Assessment Task 3 - 55%

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 MEM23003A Elements & Performance Criteria  

 MEM23003A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.1 2.2 2.3
Task 1 X X X      
Task 2 X X X X X X
Task 3 X X X X X X

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assessments EA1.1 EA1.2 EA 1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
Task 1 X X X X X   X X X X         X
Task 2 X X X X X X X X X X          
Task 3 X X X   X X X X X        
All assessments MEM23003A 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.
3 Graduate 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, projects, 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 to do the assignments 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 to find more information about Study and Learning Centre.

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 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.

Please refer to find more information about plagiarism.

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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