ENMM20031 - Condition Monitoring and Tribology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course is centred around studying tribological principles, which provide a foundation for understanding a machine's friction, wear, and lubrication characteristics. By acquiring knowledge in tribology, you will be equipped to identify the root causes of failures and utilize appropriate condition-monitoring techniques to predict and minimize future failures. The course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement condition monitoring as a maintenance strategy. With exposure to a diverse range of techniques, including sensory and functional inspections, vibration monitoring, infrared thermography, oil analysis, stress and strain analysis, non-destructive testing and inspection, electrical equipment, and general performance monitoring, you will be well-equipped to select the most suitable condition monitoring technique for any given scenario.


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 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 57.14% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 77.78% 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: Moodle
Lecture hours do not suite all students.
The lecture hours should be readjusted with the consent of the majority of the class.
Action Taken
Attempts were made to change the class time but other students opposed it. However, a common ground was found which was acceptable to majority of students.
Source: Class feedback
The first assignment is too big.
Assignment weightings will be reviewed and assignments will be modified accordingly.
Action Taken
Proposed assessment weightings have been put forward, and approved, the Unit Upgrade Proposal will be implemented, and the unit profile will be updated accordingly in Term 1 2024.
Source: Over the phone
Contents of the unit are directly useful at the workplace.
The unit's contents will be regularly reviewed to align with the industry requirements.
Action Taken
The unit's industry-focused content will be reviewed to ensure that students respond more appropriately to the new assessment questions, and the delivery of the content will be realigned accordingly.
Source: Classroom conversation
Students reported theory taught in the class is directly applicable at their workplace.
The contents will be retained and where possible changes will be made to meet the industry requirements.
Action Taken
Source: Class conversation and also via phone.
Class timings are not suitable.
Choosing a time that accommodates the entire class can pose challenges. Nevertheless, minor adjustments can be considered with the consensus of the majority. All lectures and tutorials are recorded, and accessible on Moodle for students unable to attend in person.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching evaluation
Assessment requirements need to be clearer.
Marking rubrics will be revised with clearer requirements.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply tribological principles for deciding condition monitoring techniques
  2. Identify the range of condition monitoring techniques suitable in a plant
  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
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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
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1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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