Unit Name

INDUSTRIAL DATA COMMUNICATIONS II

Unit Code

ME601

Unit Duration

12 weeks

Award

Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) Duration: 2 years

Year Level

Two

Unit Creator/Reviewer

Dr. Ivan Fair

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

ME507 Industrial Data Communications I

Credit Points

3

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 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare and contrast the DNP3 and IEC60870 protocols

    Bloom’s Level 5

  2. Assess the suitability of current field bus technologies for specific Industrial applications

    Bloom’s Level 6

  3. Select the most appropriate wireless technologies for Industrial applications

    Bloom’s Level 5

  4. Specify and design terrestrial microwave links for telemetry and high-speed backhaul applications

    Bloom’s Level 5

  5. Specify, design and simulate high-speed redundant Wireless LANs for demanding Industrial applications

    Bloom’s Level 5

  6. Critique the various methods of using OPC for SCADA access on both LANs and WANs

    Bloom’s Level 6

  7. Analyse the security situation around a given industrial network, and design appropriate security measures to safeguard the network

    Bloom’s Level 6

    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, 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,

    3.4

    4, 5

    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.

    2.2, 2.3

    4, 5

    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

    5

    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

    5

    E. Information and Research Skills (PLO 5)

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

    1.4, 2.4, 3.6

    2, 3

    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

    5

    5

    5

    -

    -

    LO2

    6

    6

    6

    -

    6

    LO3

    5

    -

    -

    -

    5

    LO4

    5

    5

    5

    -

    -

    LO5

    5

    5

    5

    5

    -

    LO6

    6

    6

    6

    -

    -

    LO7

    6

    -

    -

    -

    -

    Unit Study

    Assessments

    6

    6

    6

    5

    6

    Lectures/Tutorials

    6

    6

    6

    5

    6

     

    Max Bloom’s level

    6

    6

    6

    5

    6

    Total PLO coverage

    9

    7

    7

    3

    4

    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 Topic: Covering DNP3, IEC60870, Industrial Networks and RF bands.

    Week 4

    15%

    1,2,3

    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.

    Week 7

    25%

    2,3

    Assignment 3 - Final Project

    Type: Report (Final Project)

    (Typical thesis 4,000 words, excluding references, figures and tables) Continuing the mid-term initial submission.

    Final Week

    40%

    2,3,5,7

    Practical Participation

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

    Continuous

    15%

    4,5,6

    Attendance / Tutorial Participation

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

    Continuous

    5%

    1-7

    Prescribed and recommended readings

    Required textbook

    • S. Sen, Fieldbus and Networking in Process Automation. CRC Press, 2014 – ISBN: 978- 1466586765

Reference Materials

Number of peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures). Some examples are listed below.

  1. Berge, J., (2002), Fieldbuses for Process Control: Engineering, Operation and Maintenance, 1st edition, ISA

  2. Roshan, P. and Leary, J., (2004), 802.11 Wireless LAN fundamentals, 1st edition, Cisco Press

  3. IEEE802.11 specification (https://standards.ieee.org)

  4. IEEE802.15.4 specification (https://standards.ieee.org)

  5. OPC specifications (https://www.opcfoundation.org)

  6. IDC notes and Reference texts as advised.

  7. Other material advised during the lectures

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

DNP and IEC60870

  1. DNP3 over TCP/IP

  2. DNP3 simulation and protocol analysis

  3. DNP3 vs. IEC60870

Topics 2 and 3

Industrial Networks

  1. First generation systems (Data Highway, Modbus Plus)

  2. Second generation systems (PROFIBUS, DeviceNet, FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1)

  3. Third generation systems (PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, FOUNDATION Fieldbus HSE)

  4. High-speed deterministic Ethernet field buses

Topics 4 and 5

Wireless fundamentals

  1. RF bands and propagation characteristics 900 MHz- 80 GHz

  2. Antennas

Topics 6 and 7

Fixed wireless systems

  1. Wireless modems

  2. VSat

3. 3G/4G

4. Terrestrial microwave link design

Topics 8 and 9

Wireless Networks

  1. IEEE802.11 Industrial WLANs

  2. IEEE802.15 Industrial mesh networks

Topic 10

OPC

  1. OPC legacy specifications

  2. OPC Unified Architecture

  3. Implementation issues

Topic 11

Security

  1. Security issues for industrial networks

  2. Specific wireless security issues

  3. Implementation of measures to safeguard industrial networks

Topic 12

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.

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