Unit Name


Unit Code


Unit Duration

12 weeks


Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Electrical and Instrumentation in Oil and Gas)

Duration: 1 year

Master of Engineering (Electrical and Instrumentation in Oil and Gas in Oil and Gas)

Duration: 2 years

Year Level


Unit Coordinator

Fraser Maywood





Credit Points


Grad Dip total course credit points = 24 (3 credits x 8 (units))

Masters total course credit points = 48

(12 credits (Thesis) + 3 credits x 12 (units))

Mode of Delivery

Combination of modes: Online synchronous lectures; asynchronous discussion groups, videos, remote and cloud-based labs (simulations); web and video conferencing tutorials. High emphasis on personal and group self-study.

Delivery/ Contact Hours per week

Student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week: Lecture 1 hour

Tutorial Lecture 1hours

Practical / Lab 1 hour (where relevant) Personal Study recommended - 7 hours

Resource Requirements Software

Web & Video conferencing software

Students will be provided with Blackboard Collaborate (or similar) for video and web conferencing. This will allow them to attend lectures, interact with lecturers and fellow students, and use the Remote Lab facility. Students will be required to download the latest version of Java and .NET in order to use these packages.


For ease of communicating with peers and lecturers, installation of this package is recommended.

Word, PowerPoint and Excel

It is recommended that students install at least a 2007 version of the Microsoft Office. Older versions will work, but sometimes create issues with file compatibility. If individuals are reluctant to use these, they can also use Open Office (www.openoffice.org).

Virus detection

As students are co-operating with people from throughout the world with a multitude of different PCs, it is recommended that they have good quality up-to-date virus detection software installed. The free version of AVG is sufficient. A thorough automated scan of computers at least once a week is recommended.

Learning Management System

EIT uses a state-of-the-art learning management system (Moodle) for lecturing and interacting with lecturers and fellow students. Students can chat, socialize, and collaborate on projects with similarly motivated and enthusiastic course participants.

Computing resource requirements


Students’ computers should have an Intel Core Duo CPU and 2 Gigabytes of RAM. Hard disk space available should be at least 2 Gigabytes free. If necessary the built-in hard drive can be augmented with an inexpensive USB drive. No particular special graphics card is required. The operating system should be Windows with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 as a minimum.


An ADSL Internet connection with a minimum speed of 128 kbps down and 64 kbps up is recommended.

Good quality headset and low cost web cam

Students will require a good quality stereo headset with analogue or USB connectors. In addition, a low-cost USB webcam is recommended. Students should budget in the order of

$30 for a headset and $20 for a webcam. This will vary from country to country.

Technical Help

For difficulties with other online materials the lecturer should be contacted. Technical material will be accessible 24/7 through the online portal.

Unit Description and General Aims

The unit will address the stage gate processes used on Greenfield and Brownfield projects which providing differing contexts for the E&I design development process.

The unit will address design considerations and the logical development of E&I deliverables per project phase, and in support of the main objective of that phase. The unit will also consider incorporation of vendor data into final deliverables.

The unit will address design standards, 2D deliverables, modelling E&I designs in the 3D plant model, tagging philosophy, Fieldbus and Smart MCC, control and safety systems field interfaces, safety-in-design, human factors-in-design, constructability, document review and approval cycle, developing construction scopes of work, construction support including managing site queries.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse and understand the Greenfield and Brownfield project development cycle and the impact on E&I design

  2. Assess the concept and application of Basis of Design and related design standards

  3. Evaluate the logical development of E&I deliverables from key input documents, different deliverable types and typical deliverables required for each project stage

  4. Apply the key principals for producing 2D deliverables and modelling E&I designs in 3D

  5. Apply the key principals for incorporating Fieldbus and Smart MCCs into the overall plant design

    Professional Development

    Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

    1. Foster the personal and professional skills development of students to:

      1. Be adaptable and capable 21st century citizens, who can communicate effectively, work collaboratively, think critically and innovatively solve complex problems.

      2. Equipping individuals with an increased capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

      3. Planning and organising self and others

      4. Instilling leadership qualities and a capacity for ethical and professional contextualization of knowledge

    2. Enhancing students’ investigatory and research capabilities through:

      1. Solving complex and open-ended engineering problems

      2. Accessing, evaluating and analysing information

      3. Processes and procedures, cause – effect investigations

    3. Developing the engineering application abilities of students through:

      1. Assignments

      2. Labs / practical / case studies / self-study (where applicable)

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes.

A. Effective Communication

Learning Outcomes (Refer to 2.2)

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.


A2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of international cultures.


B. Critical Judgement


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

4,5 B

B2. Ability to innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches with a high level of accountability, in an engineering context.

4,5, A

C. Design and Problem Solving Skills


C1. Cognitive skills to synthesise, evaluate and use information from a broad range of sources to effectively identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

1, 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.


D. Science and Engineering Fundamentals


D1. Breadth and depth of knowledge of engineering and understanding of future developments.

4, 5, B

D2. Knowledge of ethical standards in relation to professional engineering practice and research.

1,2, A

D3. Knowledge of international perspectives in engineering and ability to apply Australian and International Standards.

2,B, C

E. Information and Research Skills


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

3,4, 5, A, B

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

5, B

Student assessment

Assessment Type

(e.g. Assignment - 2000 word essay (specify topic) Examination (specify length and format))

When assessed (eg Week 5)

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test Word length: n/a

Topic examples: Brownfield engineering challenges, E&I Design Development

Week 5


1, 2, 3

Assessment 2

Type: Report (Midterm Project)

[This will include a progress report; literature review, hypothesis, and proposed solution with concept workings]

Word length: 1000

Topic examples: For a single discipline Brownfield project provided, identify the scope of work per project phase, typical site activities required to firm-up the scope of work, typical deliverables and their logical development, vendor involvement, logical split of scope split between general design contractor and system vendor, Fieldbus considerations, Smart MCCs or as advised by the lecturer

Week 8


1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment 3

Type: Report (Final Project)

Continuation of the midterm, complete the report by adding sections on: workings, implementation, results, verification/validation, commissioning, handover to operations, documentation \ master data update, project close-out, conclusion/challenges and recommendations/future work.

Word length: 2000

Topic examples: Continuation of midterm.

Week 12


1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Practical Participation

May be in the form of quizzes, class tests, practical assessments, remote labs, simulation software or case studies: e.g. Fieldbus set-up, Smart MCC








Prescribed and recommended readings

Required textbook(s)

  1. B. G. Liptak, Instrument Engineers' Handbook, Vol. 1: Process Measurement and Analysis, 4th Edition, CRC Press, 2003


  2. M. D. Whitt, Successful Instrumentation and Control Systems Design, 2nd Edition, ISA, 2012 (ISBN 978-1-936007-45-5)

Reference Materials

  • W. Boyes, Instrumentation Reference Book, 4th Edition, Elsevier, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-7506- 8308-1)

  • J. Park, et al., Practical Data Communications for Instrumentation and Control, Elsevier, 2003

  • Bailey, Engineering Measurements

  • External Notes

  • IDC notes and Reference texts as advised.

  • Other material advised during the lectures

Weekly Content:

Weeks 1 and 2

Brownfield and Greenfield Projects

  1. Typical stage process, purpose and objectives from each stage, key difference between Greenfield and Brownfield projects

  2. Brownfield projects – the challenges from a design development perspective and some practical approaches

  3. Basis of Design – purpose, content and application. Development a Brownfield project equivalent of the BoD

  4. E&I related design standards

  5. E&I design definition and boundaries, typical scope of work, design development and typical deliverables per project phase for Greenfield and Brownfield projects

Weeks 3, 4 and 5

E&I Design Development

  1. Equipment tagging philosophy, tagging conventions and common pitfalls

  2. Instrument Design from P&IDs to construction deliverables covering all typical deliverables types and their development sequence

  3. Electrical Design from P&IDs / mechanical equipment list to construction deliverables covering all typical deliverables types and their development sequence

  4. Hazardous area classification and Electrical Equipment For Hazardous Areas consideration

  5. Modelling E&I designs in 3D models

Weeks 6 and 7

Intelligent Systems

  1. Fieldbus (communication types, design requirements, type testing, vendor involvement, risks and risk controls, good practice)

  2. Smart MCCs (as above)

  3. Data management

Week 8 and 9

Design Considerations

  1. Site conditions

  2. Document development lifecycle

  3. Incorporating vendor data

  4. Safety-in-design, technical integrity

  5. Human factors in design including maintainability

  6. Constructability in design

  7. Commissioning considerations for design

  8. Main vendor (automation or electrical systems) concept and design impact

  9. Design reviews

Weeks 9 and 10

Installation and Commissioning

  1. Shipping, storage, and installation considerations

  2. Construction deliverables and support

  3. Construction scope of work development (including construction commissioning logic block diagrams)

  4. Design dossier / engineering workpack documentation (includes HAVD and vendor documents)

  5. Construction workpacks for Brownfield projects

Week 11

Case Study – Intelligent 3D Design incorporating E&I Design

Week 12


In the final weeks students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work and to clarify any outstanding issues. Instructors/facilitators may choose to cover a specialized topic if applicable to that cohort.

Project – due at end of term

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain skills they can immediately implement in the workplace upon graduation. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity, and we stand by our word because it is our bond. Our students are also expected to carry this attitude throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.