ENTM12006 - Industrial Fluid Power

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will teach students about designing fluid power systems for automated and semi-automated industrial plants. You will be exploring fluid power elements and their ISO standard symbols, designing fluid power circuits using hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, power sources, directional control and other control valves, sensors and control systems. Control technology may include both hydraulic and pneumatic systems integrated with programmable controllers (PLCs and micro-controllers). During the mandatory residential school you will attain, in a team, hands-on skills in automation circuit design experiencing several laboratory experiments in areas of hydraulic and pneumatic operating system design and control circuit design integrated with PLCs for automated machines. Simulation systems like SimScape and FluidSim may be applied for confirming the functionality of your designed projects. You will communicate professionally using discipline-specific terminology to present designs and problem solutions accomplishing a Student Portfolio. Relevant problem solving, technical reports on projects and laboratory experiments are the formative assessment items during the Term. Online students are required to have access to a computer and internet to make frequent use of the Unit Moodle.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prereq: ENAG11002 Energy & Electricity or ENEG11009 Fundamentals of Energy & Electricity or PHYS11185 Engineering Physics B

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).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School Compulsory Residential School
View Unit Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
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 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Laboratory/Practical 30%
4. Written Assessment 0%

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

To view Past Exams,
please login
Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 27.27% 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: Unit Evaluation
Residential School would be best to build the physical control circuit following the circuit design practice.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, lab experiments were performed via Zoom. Lab staff helped to create a physical circuit suggested by students. Once any opportunity of running res-school for labs, students would benefit.
Action Taken
No such step to have on-campus residential school has been taken. That means to continue with Zoom based residential school and lab experiments along-with software based control circuit simulation. This has also proven to be effective.
Source: Unit Coordinator
During the past 2 years unit content has been updated that helps students learn practical and theoretical fluid power applications in modern industries.
Suggested to continue the enhancement of the unit content as well delivery practice.
Action Taken
The unit is being continuously updated based on latest industry innovation in areas of industrial automation in almost every sector.
Source: Evaluation feedback
More organised, on weekly basis, learning materials in the Moodle site.
Suggested to organise and sort out, more appropriately making easy-accessible, all learning and assessment materials at the beginning of the term.
Action Taken
Source: UC reflection and students' wish
Sourcing and using automation industry simulation software (free for students) to test their designed fluid circuit prior to lab experiments.
Recommended continuing sourcing fluid circuit simulation software (complimentary) from prominent industrial automation companies assisting students to use it for their tutorial and lab experiments.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and analyse the design and working principles of fluid power system elements
  2. Select appropriate sizes of fluid power components to achieve functional objectives of fluid machineries
  3. Design suitable pressure control to protect circuit components and to minimise energy loss for sustainability
  4. Design and draw simple pneumatic/hydraulic circuits for automation of machine systems
  5. Work, learn and communicate in an ethical, professional manner individually and collaboratively, using information literacy skills to investigate problems and present solutions.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

2.4 Application of systematic project management processes. (LO: 3N)
1.1 Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area. (LO: 1I 3I)
1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area. (LO: 2I 3I)
2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1N 2I 4I)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1N 2I 4I 5I)
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I)
1.3 In-depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area. (LO: 1I 2A 3I 4A)
1.4 Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area. (LO: 1A 2A 3A 4A)
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the practice area. (LO: 1I 3A 4I)
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the area of practice. (LO: 2I 3I 4A 5N)
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1I 3A)
2.3 Application of systematic design processes to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 2A 3A 4A)
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 2N 3N 4A 5I)
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A 5I)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 3A 4A 5N)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Laboratory/Practical
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10