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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: MIET6328C

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

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

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
Ph: +61 3 9925 4864


Appointment by email


Dr Amita Iyer
School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Science
Program Manager
Tel: (03) 9925 8311
Fax: (03) 9925 4189


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

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. 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 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.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
5 Programming counters.
Sequential Function Charts (SFC).
Assessment Task 1 Due  – IO Table for the 4 different stations.
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.

In preparation for subsequent assessments it is critical that you apply yourself to working on the stations to develop your experience, knowledge, and skills.

You will be rostered in class to work on different stations.

You will be allocated to stations randomly for assessments.

Assessment Task 2 Due - During Weeks 7 & 8: 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.

Further delivery to increase knowledge and skills in programming controllers systems.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
11 - 15 Students are further facilitated in the integration of timers, counters, KEEP instructions, lamps and single action cylinder components for industrial automation applications.

Each of these components is used at least twice.

Assessment Task 3 Due  – During weeks 15-17: Operate and program controllers in engineering situations.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
16 Assessment Task 3 Due  – Operate and program controllers in engineering situations. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
17 - 18 Student feedback 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual studentteacher 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 is minimum 18 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

PLC Manufacturer’s operation manuals.

Siemens TIA Portal V14

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: Practical 1 Assessment 2: Practical 2 Assessment 3: Practical 2

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

 Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2

Assessment 3

























Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Task 1, Week 5

Assessment 2: Task 2, Week 10

Assessment 3: Task 3, Week 16

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent.

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 X X X
Task 2 X X X X X X
Task 3 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

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.
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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: 

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. 

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Other Information: 

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