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Instrumentation and Communication (ENG564)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides a review of industrial communications and instrumentation technologies. Research is targeted towards building upon understanding, knowledge and practices developed from more fundamental studies. Through this unit it is expected that an appreciation of modern instrumentation technologies and systems will be gained.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the fundamental principles and technology associated with DCS and SCADA systems.
2. Have specific knowledge of a wide range of sensor and industrial automation networking protocols and standards.
3. Be able to design, code, debug and test a simple DCS and/or SCADA systems using LabView, SQL and a network database.
4. Appreciate the range of sensors and actuators in a range of industrial settings such as pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical and mechanical systems.
5. Communicate both verbally and in written form using the technical information relating to the above.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshop Presentation: 1 x 3 hours; Laboratory: 1 x 3 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences Each week a different topic is studied but through two quite distinct learning experiences. One of these involves students in groups researching a particular topic, then providing a presentation to the class and a report summarising this topic. The second component involves developing practical understanding, knowledge, experience and problem solving skills in a workshop/laboratory setting using computer based hardware and software.
Assessment To support research work in the area of furthering the understanding and knowledge of instrumentation communications and technologies, 20% of the aggregate is based on regular formal electronic reports. As one of the requirements is also to be able to verbally convey information in this area, 15% of the aggregate is based upon presentations. Finally, in order to develop a practical appreciation and understanding of some of the communications and technologies in this area, 20% of the aggregate is dedicated to practical laboratory workshops.
Finally, 3 tests (45%) (with both written and practical components) are used to assess the level of knowledge and practical skills which have been attained in the unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Engineering or Graduate Diploma in Engineering.
Notes Students are expected to have experience in at least one programming language from a technical perspective. Ideally some experience in LabVIEW is preferred. Additionally, fundamental knowledge of electrical circuits and electronics is assumed.
Previously 2014: 'Industrial Instrumentation Technologies'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Graeme Cole
Associate Professor Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6950
e: Graeme.Cole@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003F - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Graeme Cole
Associate Professor Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6950
e: Graeme.Cole@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003F - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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