Bachelor of Engineering (Instrumentation Control and Automation) Honours

General

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Program Description

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Instrumentation control and automation engineering is the integration of electrical, electronic and computing engineering with control engineering.

This integrated discipline includes the development of intelligent systems to automate monitoring, processing, and production in different engineering industries. The course is designed to provide graduates with a strong background to enter into a range of career pathways related to automation and control application in the mining and mineral processing, oil and gas, and agriculture industries that are strongly represented in the economy of Western Australia.

Graduates of the course will be conversant in electrical and electronic engineering; have specialist skills in design, development and management of advanced control and automation systems; and have the ability to participate in, and lead, complex multidisciplinary projects.

The programme focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to professional engineering practice along with a sound theoretical base and includes strong elements of practical problem solving, teamwork and project development. As a result, graduates will have strong analytical skills, in addition to multiple technical and transferable competencies.

The course covers topics in process control algorithms, computer interfacing and communications of industrial controllers, as well as computer automation, including the use of PLCs, SCADA, and PC-based systems to control systems and processes. Topics such as advanced PLC control and SCADA systems and manufacturing execution systems are introduced in the advanced years of the programme after students have gained proficiency in the theory of modern control and dynamic systems.

The first year of this course includes a set of eight units that are common across all engineering honours courses. This allows students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the various engineering disciplines on offer and the flexibility, if desired, to switch to another engineering discipline/course without penalty after the first year of study.

Applicants from South West WA will be able to study only the first year (up to eight foundation units) of this degree at ECU's Bunbury Campus, which may include attending a short set of lab sessions at Joondalup Campus by the end of each semester. After completing these eight units, Bunbury students will need to attend ECU's Joondalup Campus to complete the rest of their course. This option is only available for domestic students living in the South West region of WA.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 4)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents, considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents, considered.

It is desirable that all applicants have Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, with equivalents considered.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
  • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 30 core units, 2 Elective units and a Practicum unit.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1154 Introduction to Engineering 15
ENS1115 Materials and Manufacturing 1 15
ENM1102 Engineering Drawing and Computer-Aided Design 15
MAT1250 Mathematics 1 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1101 Engineering Mechanics 15
ENS1180 Introduction to Energy and Resource Engineering 15
ENS1253 Electrical Engineering 1B 15
MAT1251 Mathematics 2 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENM2104 Instrumentation and Measurement 15
ENS2456 Digital Electronics 15
ENS2159 Engineering Innovation and Ethics 15
ENS5170 Engineering Systems 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSP2151 Programming Fundamentals 15
ENS2113 Engineering Dynamics 15
ENS3553 Signals and Systems 15
ENS2457 Analog Electronics 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3555 Communication Systems 1 15
ENS3551 Electrical Networks 15
ENS3554 Data Communications and Computer Networks 15
ENS5253 Control Systems 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5230 Electrical Machines and Transformers 15
ENS2257 Microprocessor Systems 15
ENS5240 Industrial Control 15
Elective Unit   15

Note: Students who receive a WAM of 70 per cent or above at the end of their third year of study will be invited to complete a graded Honours degree by taking the two Honours Thesis units in place of the standard project units in their fourth year. Students below this cut-off, or who decline the offer to undertake the Honours Thesis, will graduate with an ungraded Honours degree.

Year 4 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5111 Engineering Practicum  
ENS5447 Propagation and Antennas 15
ENS5130 Advanced Industrial Control 15
ENS5360 Power Electronics 15
ENS4152 ^ Project Development 15
Or
ENS5145 ^ Engineering Honours Thesis 1 15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 1 in place of ENS4152 Project Development.

Year 4 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5543 Engineering Management 15
ENS5209 Process Control 15
ENS4253 ^ Engineering Project 15
Or
ENS5146 ^ Engineering Honours Thesis 2 15
Elective Unit   15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5146 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

Recommended Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2110 Materials and Manufacturing 2 15
ENS2160 Thermodynamics 15
ENM3218 Fluid Mechanics 15
ENS3206 Power Systems 1 15
ENS3556 Wireless Communication 15
ENS5203 Electronic Circuit Design 15
ENS5251 Digital Signal Processing 15
ENS5444 Telecommunication Networks 15
ENS5442 Robotics 1 15
ENS5542 Communication Systems 2 15
ENS5445 Sustainability and Renewable Energy 15
MAT3486 Multivariate Calculus 15

Note: Electives chosen from outside this list must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage instrumentation, control and automation engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the instrumentation, control and automation engineering disciplines.
  • Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the instrumentation, control and automation engineering disciplines and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  • Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex engineering problem-solving.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Engineers Australia.

Career Opportunities

Instrumentation control and automation engineers have diverse employment opportunities in most sectors of industry, including product design and development, manufacturing, mining and resource, agriculture, public utilities, road and transport, defence, aerospace, chemical, pharmaceutical, and consulting.

Possible future job titles

Control and Automation Engineer, Process Control Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer.

Last updated May 2020

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