SEM301 - Industrial Control


2021 unit information

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

SEM200, SEJ201, SEP291 or SEP291, SEB223, SIT172



Incompatible with:

SEE344, SEE407

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 online content per week (recordings provided), 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 (online)

1 x 1 hour of online content 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.

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).

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