Unit Name

INDUSTRIAL DATA COMMUNICATIONS I

Unit Code

ME507

Unit Duration

12 weeks

Award

Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation) Duration: 1 year

Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) Duration: 2 years

Year Level

1st

Unit Creator/Reviewer

Dr. Ivan Fair

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

None

Credit Points

3

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

Unit Workload

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 unit aims to provide the requisite specialist knowledge to manage modern Ethernet- based Industrial networks. It is designed to consolidate all of the aspects associated with the specification, design, synthesis, simulation and configuration of such networks. Although a range of theoretical concepts are addressed, the focus is upon using cutting-edge modern technologies such as those required for redundancy and real-time operation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject/unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the functionality and relevance of the various current data communication technologies in terms of the OSI and TCP/IP reference models Bloom’s Level 6

  2. Assess media selection and noise mitigation approaches for Industrial Automation systems

    Bloom’s Level 6

  3. Evaluate the appropriateness of specific serial data communications technologies for given Industrial applications

    Bloom’s Level 6

  4. Design complex Industrial Ethernet networks for high availability and real time (e.g. motion control) applications

    Bloom’s Level 5

  5. Assess the applicability of the various protocols in the TCP/IP protocol suite to specific Industrial scenarios

    Bloom’s Level 6

  6. Create IPv4/IPv6 addressing schemes for complex plant networks

    Bloom’s Level 5

  7. Design Industrial Automation systems that incorporate both serial and TCP-based versions of MODBUS

Bloom’s Level 5

Bloom’s Taxonomy

The cognitive domain levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy:

Bloom’s

Level

Bloom’s

Category

Description

1

Knowledge

Recall, define and list facts, concepts, methods, terminologies, theories and structures.

2

Comprehension

Demonstrate understanding by comparing, organizing, describing, translating, interpreting, paraphrasing, explaining and distinguishing.

3

Application

Use knowledge to solve problems, identify connections and show relationships, in context.

4

Analysis

Examine information, breakdown a problem, determine relationships and causes, make inferences, classify and infer from evidence.

5

Synthesis

Produce a pattern from relationships, propose operations, formulate a design, compose a hypothesis, reassemble information, construct, plan, invent, predict and create.

6

Evaluation

Make judgements based on evidence and external criteria, determine best

practice, optimise, validate ideas, judge and critique, assess, valuate and make recommendations.

Engineers Australia

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

1.

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1

Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2

Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.4

Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

1.5

Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.6

Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1

Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2

Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3

Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

2.4

Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.

Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1

Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2

Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4

Professional use and management of information.

3.5

Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

3.6

Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

2.2, 3.2

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

7

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,

3.5, 3.6

 

B. Critical Judgement (PLO 2)

B1. Ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex information and theoretical concepts.

1.1, 1.2, 1.3,

2.1

1, 2, 3, 5

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,

3.4

4, 6, 7

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

1, 2, 3, 5

C2. Technical and communication skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering professional practice.

2.2, 2.3

4, 6, 7

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

 

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,

1.4

4

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,

3.4

4, 7

E. Information and Research Skills (PLO 5)

E1. Application of advanced research and planning skills to engineering projects.

1.4, 2.4, 3.6

4

E2. Knowledge of research principles and methods in an engineering context.

1.4, 1.6

 

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

PLO 1

PLO 2

PLO 3

PLO 4

PLO 5

Unit Learning Outcomes

LO1

6

6

6

-

-

LO2

6

6

6

-

-

LO3

6

6

6

-

-

LO4

5

5

5

5

5

LO5

6

6

6

-

-

LO6

5

5

5

-

-

LO7

5

5

5

5

-

Unit Study

Assessments

6

6

6

5

5

Lectures/Tutorials

6

6

6

5

5

 

Max Bloom’s level

6

6

6

5

5

Total PLO coverage

9

9

9

4

3

Student assessment

Assessment Type

(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

Assignment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation

Example topics: questions based on Industrial data communication systems.

Week 5

20%

1, 2, 3

Assignment 2 - Project Midterm or Short Answer

Type: Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit / Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation

Example: (Typical report 1,500 words maximum, excluding references. This Project will include a progress report; literature review, hypothesis, schedule, challenges and future work)

Example topics: To be suggested by lecturer

Week 9

20%

1, 2, 3, 4

Assignment 3 - Final Project or Short Answer (Typical thesis 4000 words, excluding references, figures and tables. Continuing the mid-term initial submission).

Example topics: To be suggested by lecturer

Final Week

40%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

6, 7

Practical Participation

Example: May be in the form of quizzes, class tests, practical assessments, remote labs, simulation software or case studies

Continuous

15%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

6, 7

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.

Continuous

5%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

6, 7

Prescribed and recommended readings

Required textbook

  • Data Communications and Networking by Behrouz Forouzan ISBN 978-0-07-337622-6UK

Reference Materials

  1. Stevens, W.R., (1994), TCP/IP Illustrated Volume I (The Protocols), 1st edition, Addison Wesley

  2. Spurgeon, C.E., (2000), Ethernet - the Definitive Guide, 1st Edition, O’Reilly and Associates, Inc.

  3. TIA-232 Standard, Revision F, (2002) Telecommunications Industry Association

  4. TIA-485 Standard, Revision A, (2003) Telecommunications Industry Association

  5. Modbus Serial and Modbus TCP standards, www.modbus-ida.org

  6. Miscellaneous journals and websites (advised during lectures)

  7. IDC/EIT notes and reference texts as advised

Unit Content:

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.

Topic 1

Introduction and OSI framework

  1. Industrial data communication concepts and challenges

  2. Abstraction models: OSI and TCP/IP

Topics 2 and 3

Media and noise

  1. The Noise mitigation strategies

  2. Radiated, copper and fibre media alternatives

Topics 4 and 5

Serial data communication principles and standards

  1. Synchronous and asynchronous communications

  2. OSI Layer 1 alternatives for industrial applications

Topic 6

Introduction to protocols

  1. Full vs. half-duplex protocols

  2. ASCII vs. hexadecimal protocols

Topics 7 and 8

Ethernet

  1. Introduction Industrial Ethernet: variants and components

  2. Ethernet strategies for high availability

  3. Ethernet strategies for real-time operation

Topics 9 and 10

TCP/IP

  1. The TCP/IP protocol suite

  2. Network design and addressing schemes (IPv4/IPv6)

Topic 11

MODBUS

  1. The Design and simulation of MODBUS Serial and MODBUS/TCP networks

  2. Integration of MODBUS Serial/TCP with TCP/IP/Ethernet infrastructures

Topic 12

Project and Course Review

In the final week students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work, to clarify any outstanding issues, and to work on finalising the major assessment report.

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