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SEM301 - Industrial Control


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Michael Norton

SEM200, SEJ201, SEP291 or SEP291, SEB223, SIT172



Incompatible with:

SEE344, SEE407

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1 hour class per week, 2 x 1 hour seminar per week, 1 x 3 hour studio per week. Students are required to attend and participate in project oriented activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour of class per week (recordings provided), 2 x 1 hour online seminars per week.  Students are required to attend and participate in project oriented activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus for 2 days  during the trimester intensive week (typically week 6 to work on assessment task 3 project portfolio).


This is a project/design based unit which aims to integrate the knowledge gained in mechanical systems control within the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) course. The unit will also expose students to control concepts and technologies used in industry, including Programmable Logic Controllers, sensor/actuator systems, process (continuous) and sequential (discrete) control.

The unit revolves around a group-based project where students will be given a problem that has a specific industrial control context. Each problem will have unique components that will ensure each group provides a specific solution. They must identify a controllable medium, understand the sensor requirements and constraints in relation to the actuator system, propose a suitable control model, simulate and demonstrate the solution(s). The aim will be to develop an automated solution that will require a complex (multi) sensor/actuator approach with high-level control model support, backed up by an industrial PLC system. Emphasis will be on developing an approach from the problem definition phase all the way through to a demonstrated solution.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply industrial control engineering knowledge and systems through a team based project oriented design based learning approach; GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO7: Teamwork


Theorize innovative engineering solutions using media-rich technologies for  professional  audiences; GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Practice professional conduct  and  Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and demonstrate an understanding of ethical and global contexts in an engineering environment; GLO7: Teamwork
GLO8: Global citizenship


Utilise research methods in the investigation of industrial control problems
critically analysing information and applying industry standards for successful completion of a project; and
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Communicate conceptual and technical information through the use of oral and written techniques as well as media-rich technologies to professional audiences. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Online tests Two 1-hour online tests 20% (2 x 10%) Weeks 3 and 7
Group design brief and project review Collaborative written report, approximately 1,200 words 10% Week 4
Group project portfolio Portfolio inclusive of problem formulation, benchmarking and research, project planning and meeting minutes. 20% Weeks 7 and 10
Project demonstration/showcase (team) Online video presentation 10% Week 11
Final report Written report 40% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in project portfolio (team) and a mark of at least 50% in the final report (individual).

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEM301 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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