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ELE4506 Industrial Process Automation

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Industrial Process Automation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030703 - Industrial Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Catherine Hills


Pre-requisite: (ELE2101 or ELE2103) and ELE3105 and MEC2501 or Students must be enrolled in the following program: MENS or MEPR


This course aims to consolidate the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier courses and demonstrates their application to industrial processes. In doing so it will help reinforce the solid foundation the students require to identify processes and design control systems and HMIs and evaluate the safety and reliability of process control systems.


This is the capstone course in the Instrumentation Control and Automation major. Students will identify, quantify and model subsystems within standard industrial processes. They will gain an appreciation of the safety and reliability aspects of system design.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Select and apply suitable signal conditioning techniques in an industrial system
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of applying the relevant standards and safety lifecycles to process control systems, and be able to apply simple analysis tools.
  3. Develop mathematical models for simulation of industrial systems
  4. Implement and evaluate practical loop control systems
  5. Appreciate key principles of operator interface and SCADA system design


Description Weighting(%)
1. Sensor and actuator control signal conditioning 15.00
2. Safety and Reliability Considerations 20.00
3. Industrial Process Dynamics 25.00
4. Practical System Loop Tuning 20.00
5. Principles of Operator Interface System Design 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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King, Myke 2016, Process Control: A Practical Approach, 2nd edn, Wiley, Hoboken NJ.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bartelt, Terry 2011, Industrial Automated Systems Instrumentation and Control, Delmar, Clifton Park NY.
Goble, William 2010, Control Systems Safety Evaluation and Reliability, 3, ISA, Research Triangle Park, NC.
Hollifield, Bill et al 2008, The High Performance HMI Handbood, PAS, Houston TX.
Marszal, Ed and Shapf, eric 2002, Safety Integrity Level Selection, ISA, Research Triangle Park, NC.
Nise, Norman S 2019, Control Systems Engineering, 8th edn, Wiley, Hoboken NJ.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 66.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 200 20 18 Mar 2021
Assignment 2 200 20 29 Apr 2021
Assignment 3 200 20 20 May 2021
Open Examination - Online 400 40 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and is benchmarked against the
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
o professional accreditation standards of the Engineers Australia.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students will require reliable and regular access to email and Internet for communication, video conferencing (desirable), and for access to UConnect for this course.

  3. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 18 June 2021