Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation) Duration: 1 year
Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) Duration: 2 years
Dr. Srinivas Shastri
Grad Dip total course credit points = 24 (3 credits x 8 (units))
Masters total course credit points = 48
(3 credits x 12 (units) + 12 credits (Thesis))
Mode of Delivery
On-Campus or Online
10 hours per week: Lecture - 1 hour
Tutorial Lecture - 1 hours
Practical / Lab - 1 hour (where applicable)
Personal Study recommended - 7 hours (guided and unguided)
Unit Description and General Aims
This core subject provides the students sufficient depth of understanding of processing engineering in the context of industrial automation. The principles of unit operations, unit processes, fluid transport, and control provide the student with an understanding of how to apply these principles to control and instrumentation systems. This unit will therefore be providing process background to Industrial Instrumentation. Students will be able to perform complex process calculations to enable them to apply control principles in later subjects.
Cases studies and/or mini projects form an integral part of this subject and provide a practical understanding to the subject matter.
On successful completion of this subject/unit, students are expected to be able to:
Have a deep understanding of unit operations, unit processes and transport principles in the context of industrial automation.
Bloom’s Level 5
Acquire knowledge and become aware of recent advances in instrumentation, measurement and control underpinning plant operations.
Bloom’s Level 5
Acquire an awareness of latest engineering materials and technologies to support process operations.
Bloom’s Level 5
Understand the methodology of heat and mass balances (and utility balances) and be able to apply principles to generate heat and mass balances for process operations. Bloom’s Level 5
Synthesise and analyse property data, process information and requirements to create complex process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams. Bloom’s Level 6
Synthesise and analyse property data, process information and requirements to perform complex process calculations.
Bloom’s Level 6
The cognitive domain levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy:
Recall, define and list facts, concepts, methods, terminologies, theories and structures.
Demonstrate understanding by comparing, organizing, describing, translating, interpreting, paraphrasing, explaining and distinguishing.
Use knowledge to solve problems, identify connections and show relationships, in context.
Examine information, breakdown a problem, determine relationships and causes, make inferences, classify and infer from evidence.
Produce a pattern from relationships, propose operations, formulate a design, compose a hypothesis, reassemble information, construct, plan, invent, predict and create.
Make judgements based on evidence and external criteria, determine best
practice, optimise, validate ideas, judge and critique, assess, valuate and make recommendations.
The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.
Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency
Knowledge and Skill Base
Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.
Engineering Application Ability
Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
Professional and Personal Attributes
Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
Professional use and management of information.
Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
Effective team membership and team leadership.
Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 9 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer and the Washington Accord and the Program Level Outcomes (PLO):
Graduate Attributes / Program Level Outcomes (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)
EA Stage 1 Competencies
A. Effective Communication (PLO 1)
A1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
A2. Ability to professionally manage oneself, teams, information and projects and engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of international cultures in leadership, team and individual roles.
2.4, 3.2, 3.4,
B. Critical Judgement (PLO 2)
B1. Ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex information and theoretical concepts.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3,
1, 2, 3, 4
B2. Ability to creatively, proactively and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches with a high level of accountability, in an engineering context.
1.5, 2.1, 3.3,
C. Design and Problem Solving Skills (PLO 3)
C1. Cognitive skills to synthesise, evaluate and use information from a broad range of sources to effectively identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
1.5, 2.1, 2.3
C2. Technical and communication skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering professional practice.
C3. Comprehension of the role of technology in society and identified issues in applying engineering technology ethics and impacts; economic; social; environmental and sustainability.
1.5, 1.6, 3.1
2, 3, 4
D. Science and Engineering Fundamentals (PLO 4)
D1. Breadth and depth of mathematics, science, computer technology and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding of future developments.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3,
D2. Knowledge of ethical standards in relation to professional engineering practice and research.
1.6, 3.1, 3.5
D3. Knowledge of international perspectives in engineering and ability to apply various national and International Standards.
1.5, 1.6, 2.4,
E. Information and Research Skills (PLO 5)
E1. Application of advanced research and planning skills to engineering projects.
1.4, 2.4, 3.6
1, 4, 6
E2. Knowledge of research principles and methods in an engineering context.
1, 4, 6
Unit Content and Learning Outcomes to Program Level Outcomes (PLO) via Bloom’s Taxonomy Level
This table details the mapping of the unit content and unit learning outcomes to the PLOs and graduate attributes at the corresponding Bloom’s Taxonomy level, specified by the number in the table.
Integrated Specification /
Program Learning Outcomes
Unit Learning Outcomes
Max Bloom’s level
Total PLO coverage
(e.g. Assignment - 2000 word essay (specify topic) Examination (specify length and format))
When assessed (e.g. Week 5)
Weighting (% of total unit marks)
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation
1, 2, 3
Assignment 2 - Project Midterm
Type: Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit / Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation
(Typical report 1,500 words maximum, excluding references. This is a progress report with; literature review, hypothesis, and proposal for workings)
Example topic: “Modelling a typical ammonia process”
1, 2, 3, 4
Assignment 3 - Final Project (Typical thesis 4000 words, excluding references, figures and tables. If a continuation of the midterm, this should complete the report by adding sections on: workings, implementation, results, verification/validation, conclusion/challenges and recommendations/future work.)
Example topics: “It will require complex calculations, preparation of concept level heat, mass and utility balances and a concept level cost estimate”
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Example: May be in the form of quizzes, class tests, practical assessments, remote labs, simulation software or case studies
Attendance / Tutorial Participation
Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Prescribed and recommended readings
Geankoplis, C. J, (2003), Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles, 4th edition, Prentice Hall, UK
Number of peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures). Some examples are listed below.
Chopey, N. P., (2004), Handbook of Chemical Engineering Calculations, 3rd edition, McGraw Hill
Sinott, R. K., (1995), Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering volume 6 – Design, Pergamon Press (Later editions are available and good to use)
Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, 8th edition, McGraw Hill (earlier editions are alright)
Number of peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures) [some examples below]
Chemical Engineering Journal
Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data
Oil and Gas Journal
One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.
Introduction to Process Engineering
Definition of a process
Process operations commonly encountered
Concept of process integration
Walk-through typical processes
Current state of technology – instrumentation, measurement, control and material of construction.
Topics 2, 3 and 4
Principles of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
The laws of Thermodynamics
Common cycles (e.g. Rankine, Brayton)
Equations of state
Topics 5 and 6
Fluid mechanics and momentum transfer
Statics and hydraulics
Flow through a pipe
Flow equipment and measurement
Topics 7, 8 and 9
Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer
Concepts of heat and mass transfer
Heat and mass transfer equipment
Stoichiometry and chemical process calculations
Application to instrumentation and control
Topics 10 and 11
Introduction to chemical reaction engineering
Rates and kinetics
Fundamentals of reactor design
Typical reaction process (e.g. steam reforming of natural gas)
This reiterates what has been done in previous units, but emphasising the process engineering aspects.
Considerations in laying out a process plant
Preservation of process intent, controllability