Course Title: Programming Applications 1

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6050

Course Title: Programming Applications 1

Portfolio: SET

Nominal Hours: 80.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Engineering (TAFE)


Term1 2009,
Term2 2009

Course Contact: Olga Gredeskoul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4392

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

Provide opportunity for students to develop skills in implementation of Real Time Computer Applications for Control of external devices. It provides the opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and skills to interface control equipment to computers using software driver to set up programming and control on a plant, and to design a microprocessor PC system interface.

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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Proficiency in:
• Computer Hardware Basics
• Computer Operating Systems Basics
• Measurement and Control Devices
• The application of trigonometric functions- sine, cosine, tangent
• Use of a scientific memory calculator to perform mathematical operation
• Reading graphs and interpreting exponential terms

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

UTENES406BA Develop complex testing & evaluation procedures


o 406.1 Plan & prepare for the development of (basic) testing and evaluation procedures
o 406.2 Develop (basic) testing procedures
o 406.3 Completion of work

Learning Outcomes

• meet only basic performance requirements of the competency (and its elements) at this level, ie
UTE NES 406 bA – Develop complex testing and evaluation procedures- Electrical
o 406.1 Plan & prepare for the development of (basic) testing and evaluation procedures
o 406.2 Develop (basic) testing procedures
o 406.3 Completion of work

• demonstrate the use of computer programming for control application, to interface control equipment to a computer, and practical skills in design & construction of a microprocessor PC System interface.

• demonstrate application of the following generic or Key Competencies within the practical activities and work performance simulations _
o Collect, analyse and organise information (measurement data)
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 & measurement)
o Solve problems (related to design, function of circuits, computer programming)
o Use technology (related to design& maintenance of circuits and systems)

Overview of Assessment

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:

NES406 bA Develop Complex (basic only at this stage) Testing & Evaluation Procedures- Electrical

o 406.1 Plan & prepare for the development of complex testing and evaluation procedures:
o 406.2 Develop complex testing procedures:
o 406.3 Completion of work

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.

• Practical exercises

These will be assessed progressively according to individual task criteria. All laboratory exercises must be
o Undertaken according to safe working practice as specified by the Centre.
o Perform according to specified laboratory standards and practice including calibration, measurement and accurate reading. This must include electrical measurement taken with safe working practice, meters properly calibrated, meter settings positioned for an accurate reading and accurate readings taken for all measurements.

• 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.