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Instrumentation and Control Engineering


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Title Instrumentation and Control Engineering
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Instrumentation and Control Engineering is concerned with the design, construction, testing and management of tools and equipment for monitoring, control and performance assessment of a wide range of manufacturing and industrial processes. Areas of application will cover virtually all processes that require specialised control and monitoring systems. Often, such automation systems are computer based.
Particular emphasis is placed on applications in mining, chemical and mineral processing industries and in other processing sectors.
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 knowledge that will enable a student to understand advanced concepts in Instrumentation and Control 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 modeling.
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. 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.
Chemistry - concepts of atomic and molecular structure of matter, chemical symbols and equations, valency, states of matter, gas laws, simple reaction types, acids and bases, the mole concept, chemical stoichiometry, molarity, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, thermochemistry.
The skills that will prepare a student to handle advanced problems in Instrumentation and Control 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

ENG308 Advanced Process and Instrumentation Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG309 Process Control Engineering I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG322 Process Control Engineering II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG445 Instrumentation and Control Systems Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG446 Process Control and Safety Systems - 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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