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Industrial Computer Systems Engineering


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Title Industrial Computer Systems Engineering
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Industrial Computer Systems Engineering is concerned with the use and application of computing technologies (hardware and software) in the operation of modern industrial plants, manufacturing processes and material processing industries, particularly computer based measurement and control. This course provides a graduate with a unique blend of skills in computing and software development, and the skills to design, commission and test complex industrial control systems.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements. It is recommended that students have completed the equivalent of WACE Mathematics 3C/3D, WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D, WACE Physics 3A/3B and WACE Chemistry 3A/3B. Students who do not have the necessary Mathematical and Physics prerequisite knowledge may take an extra semester to complete their studies.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements All Engineering students will undertake at least 450 hours of approved work
experience, plus complete a report outlining the experience gained, in order to complete the requirements of the degree. This work experience must be in a suitable engineering-related area and must be approved by the Engineering Academic Chair. This professional practicum as well as support materials and guidance is provided in the 0 credit point unit ENG100 Engineering Professional Practice. This unit should be enrolled in each year. Please note this unit runs in a YU5 study period.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
The Industrial Computer Systems Engineering program aims to provide graduates with
the necessary knowledge to approach with confidence any task within their field of engineering practice.
The necessary skills to apply with confidence their knowledge to solve problems within their field of engineering practice.
The knowledge that will enable a student to understand advanced concepts in Industrial Computer Systems Engineering include the following material from mathematics, science and engineering:
Mathematics - complex numbers and algebra; calculus and Laplace transforms for system dynamics; Fourier analysis for power quality; matrix methods for linear distribution networks; mathematical modelling
Physics - concepts of charge, current, potential difference, voltage, energy, power; electric and magnetic fields; force and torque; power and energy balance; thermodynamics
Circuits - circuit laws (KVL and KCL); superposition; equivalent circuits, including Thevenin and Norton equivalents; impedance; phasor analysis; transfer function; filters
Computer programming - writing programs within a high level applications package, such as MATLAB and LabVIEW. The purpose of programming is not only to learn how to write code to perform a given computational task, but also to appreciate the limitations of commercial application packages, such as a power systems simulator.
The skills that will prepare a student to handle advanced problems in Industrial Computer Systems Engineering include:
applying knowledge of science, mathematics and engineering principles
problem identification, formulation and solution
design, including design for sustainability and taking a systems approach to design

Employment Prospects An extremely wide range of opportunities are available in both the commercial and industrial sectors covering information technology, manufacturing, medical, mining, processing, energy supply, communications, electronics, computer systems and defence-related industries to name a few.
Professional Accreditation Graduates of accredited engineering courses are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Full Chartered Professional Engineer status can then be achieved after a further three to five years of work experience in the engineering profession.
Additional Academic Progress Requirements Students must complete the 96 credit points from Engineering units, or otherwise approved by the academic chair, to satisfy Engineering Australia requirements.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Major Structure - 27 credit points

Required Units - 27 credit points

ENG225 Circuits and Systems I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG294 Discrete Time Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG207 Principles of Electronic Instrumentation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG297 Circuits and Systems II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG311 PLC Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG319 Real Time and Embedded Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG321 Instrument and Communication Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG447 Industrial Computer Systems Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG448 SCADA and Systems Architecture - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

Students must complete the 96 credit points from Engineering units, or otherwise approved by the academic chair, to satisfy Engineering Australia requirements.

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