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

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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

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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 63.64% response rate.

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
The lab sessions were interesting and relevant.
Recommendation
The lab sessions will be further improved with more interesting experiments.
Action Taken
The lab sessions were improved with comprehensive product line PLC programming.
Source: 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
The assignments were good as they were directly related to the core concepts of the unit.
Recommendation
This good practice of aligning the assignments to the core learning will be there in the future as well.
Action Taken
The assignments were aligned with the core concepts learned.
Source: 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
More emphasis on industrial instrumentation techniques would be better.
Recommendation
Since this is the first instrumentation unit, more emphasis is on understanding essential fundamentals first and then learn about their industrial implementation.
Action Taken
More emphasis was made on understanding the essential fundamental concepts in order to develop thorough understanding in the field of industrial automation.
Source: 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
Assessment criteria terms are not clear enough.
Recommendation
More emphasis will be placed on students being made aware of the assessment criteria.
Action Taken
Assessment criteria was included in the assignment itself.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
More learning resources will help student learning experience.
Recommendation
Additional learning resources will be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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