ENMM20031 - Condition Monitoring and Tribology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is focused on the tribological principles to understand fundamentals of friction, wear and lubrication aspects of a machine. The knowledge of tribology will help student analysing root cause of failures and also in selecting an appropriate condition monitoring technique to predict failures. The unit will provide adequate knowledge to use condition monitoring as a maintenance strategy. Students will acquire adequate skills to select a suitable condition monitoring technique from a variety of techniques such as; sensory and function inspection; vibration monitoring; infrared thermography; oil analysis; acoustic emission; stress, strain, displacement; non-destructive testing/inspection; electrical equipment performance analysis; and performance monitoring in general.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: ENMM20023 & ENMM20025

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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 Postgraduate 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. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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: email conversation
Assignments requirements are not well explained.
Assignment one will be reviewed and students will be informed about requirements well in advance.
Action Taken
Assignment 1 was reviewed and requirements were clearly mentioned in the assignment questions. A marking rubric was prepared with marks allocated for each part of the question and reading resources for each question were provided. Students were reminded via discussion forum also.
Source: Students in the class
Student assignment feedback is late.
Student feedback with marks will be uploaded first and individual discussions will be organised later.
Action Taken
Feedback was provided well within the time frame for those assignments submitted on time.
Source: Lecturer
Zoom session attendance is poor.
Efforts will be made to match timings of the Zoom session that suits maximum number of students.
Action Taken
Several reminders were sent to students via Quickmail, and discussion forum.
Source: Have your Say
All the study contents, the guiding notes, and the feedback were very good. The only improvement would be on recording the Zoom lectures.
Good teaching practices will be maintained. If the recording quality of the lecture is not good, old recordings will be uploaded on the Moodle website.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say
Thanks to the lecturer, I enjoyed this module.
Good teaching practices will be maintained and the unit will be improved on a regular basis.
Action Taken
Source: Via Zoom Session
This unit is very industry focused, it is worth doing Masters choosing a topic from this area.
Industry focus will be maintained and students will be encouraged to articulate to Masters studies.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the range of condition monitoring techniques suitable in a plant.
  2. Establish tribological principles for deciding condition monitoring techniques.
  3. Investigate the standards associated with condition monitoring techniques.
  4. Justify the use of condition monitoring in a plant.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment