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ENEX13001 - Instrumentation and Industrial Automation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of industrial instrumentation and automation systems. You will learn the principles of operation of different sensors, actuators, instrumentation amplifiers, and industrial data communication busses. You will also learn noise cancellation and signal conditioning, sensor and actuator interfacing, programmable logic controller(PLC) programming, and process control. You will learn how to specify the requirements for sensors, actuators and control equipment for a given task, evaluate multiple options available and select the best combination of them for your design. You will also design, fabricate, and program production lines for a given product using industry standard components and PLCs. Students enrolled in distance mode are required to attend a compulsory Residential School.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: ENEX12002 Introductory Electronics OR (ENEE13018 Analogue Elecctronics & ENEE13020 Digital Electronics ) AND ENEE12016 Signals and Systems

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
Learning content and assessment feedback helped student learning.
Recommendation
The learning content will be kept the same and the assessment feedback will be provided in the same manner.
Action Taken
The learning content kept the same and the assessment feedback provided in the same manner.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
The practical assessment (labs) allowed a good understanding of PLC programming to be obtained through a natural progression of difficulty.
Recommendation
The lab exercises will be the same and be conducted in the same manner.
Action Taken
The lab exercises were the same and conducted in the same manner.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
Moodle site navigation needs to be improved.
Recommendation
The Moodle site design will be changed in order to make it easy for the students to find resources.
Action Taken
The Moodle page changed from icon based navigation interface to link based navigation interface.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
Contents of some weeks need to be spread over multiple weeks as their content is too heavy.
Recommendation
The heavy contents of some weeks will be spread over multiple weeks to distribute the learning load as even as possible.
Action Taken
Heavy contents were distributed over multiple weeks.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
Assessment requirements need further clarification.
Recommendation
The assessment requirements will be further clarified in order to make it easy to understand.
Action Taken
The assessment requirements were embedded into the assessment criteria, which is included in the assessment document itself.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
More learning resources will help student learning experience.
Recommendation
Additional learning resources will be provided.
Action Taken
Additional learning resources were included.
Source: Student survey
Feedback
The labs with MPS systems were very interesting and relevant.
Recommendation
The Laboratory experiments will be the same for future offerings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student survey
Feedback
PLC programing is a valuable skill developed through this unit.
Recommendation
The Laboratory experiments with PLC programming will be the same for future offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student survey
Feedback
It would be helpful if more guidance is provided for laboratory report writing.
Recommendation
More specific guidelines will be provided about the laboratory report writing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the need for instrumentation amplifiers in an instrumentation system and their operation
  2. Apply common industrial data bus protocols and use them in data acquisition and control programs
  3. Specify requirements for sensors, actuators, and accessories for a given process automation module, and select suitable components from a range of available options
  4. Program industrial PLCs to provide real-time solutions for industrial automation problems
  5. Implement complete solutions for industrial process automation problems
  6. Solve real life problems and communicate professionally using instrumentation engineering terminology, symbols and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards
  7. Work individually and collaboratively in teams, communicate professionally in presenting your solutions

Learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities. You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course website.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination