INDUSTRIAL DATA COMMUNICATIONS II
Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) Duration: 2 years
Dr. Ivan Fair
ME507 Industrial Data Communications I
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 unit builds upon ME507 (Industrial data Communications I), delves deeper in the theory and constructs, and aims to provide the requisite knowledge to manage modern field buses and Industrial wireless systems. It consolidates aspects related to the selection of technologies and the synthesis, simulation, configuration and configuration of such systems, as well as the integration of wired and wireless systems. Although a range of theoretical concepts are addressed, the emphasis is on current state-of-the-art field bus and wireless technologies used in the Industrial sector.
On successful completion of this subject/unit, students are expected to be able to:
Compare and contrast the DNP3 and IEC60870 protocols
Bloom’s Level 5
Assess the suitability of current field bus technologies for specific Industrial applications
Bloom’s Level 6
Select the most appropriate wireless technologies for Industrial applications
Bloom’s Level 5
Specify and design terrestrial microwave links for telemetry and high-speed backhaul applications
Bloom’s Level 5
Specify, design and simulate high-speed redundant Wireless LANs for demanding Industrial applications
Bloom’s Level 5
Critique the various methods of using OPC for SCADA access on both LANs and WANs
Bloom’s Level 6
Analyse the security situation around a given industrial network, and design appropriate security measures to safeguard the network
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, 6
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
1, 2, 6
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
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
E2. Knowledge of research principles and methods in an engineering context.
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
Example Topic: Covering DNP3, IEC60870, Industrial Networks and RF bands.
Assignment 2 - Project Midterm.
Type: Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit / Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation
Example: Typical report 2,500 words maximum, excluding references. This Project will include a progress report (to date), literature review, hypothesis, schedule (for this project up to the final submission)
Example Topic: Cchallenges and future work on the current state-of-the-art and trends in wired and wireless field bus systems.
Assignment 3 - Final Project
Type: Report (Final Project)
(Typical thesis 4,000 words, excluding references, figures and tables) Continuing the mid-term initial submission.
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.
Prescribed and recommended readings
S. Sen, Fieldbus and Networking in Process Automation. CRC Press, 2014 – ISBN: 978- 1466586765
Number of peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures). Some examples are listed below.
Berge, J., (2002), Fieldbuses for Process Control: Engineering, Operation and Maintenance, 1st edition, ISA
Roshan, P. and Leary, J., (2004), 802.11 Wireless LAN fundamentals, 1st edition, Cisco Press
IEEE802.11 specification (https://standards.ieee.org)
IEEE802.15.4 specification (https://standards.ieee.org)
OPC specifications (https://www.opcfoundation.org)
IDC notes and Reference texts as advised.
Other material advised during the lectures
One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.
DNP and IEC60870
DNP3 over TCP/IP
DNP3 simulation and protocol analysis
DNP3 vs. IEC60870
Topics 2 and 3
First generation systems (Data Highway, Modbus Plus)
Second generation systems (PROFIBUS, DeviceNet, FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1)
Third generation systems (PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, FOUNDATION Fieldbus HSE)
High-speed deterministic Ethernet field buses
Topics 4 and 5
RF bands and propagation characteristics 900 MHz- 80 GHz
Topics 6 and 7
Fixed wireless systems
4. Terrestrial microwave link design
Topics 8 and 9
IEEE802.11 Industrial WLANs
IEEE802.15 Industrial mesh networks
OPC legacy specifications
OPC Unified Architecture
Security issues for industrial networks
Specific wireless security issues
Implementation of measures to safeguard industrial networks
Project and/or Unit 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.