- Course at a Glance
- Code: BIA
- Course Length: 3 years (up to 6 years Part-Time)
THE NEW GENERATION OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION
What makes this LIVE ONLINE program truly innovative:
- This engineering qualification is distinguished by its emphasis on useful, practical industry-orientated technology units combined with strong academic foundations closely aligned with the job market. It is a truly interactive online program, drawing on features such as interactive live instruction and remote (cloud-based) laboratories.
- EIT’s existing industry-orientated programs ensure that you have a continuous pathway (with viable exit or “rest” points) to a professional engineering level beginning with advanced diploma studies, through Bachelors of Science, to master’s degree level. You will be able to exit the pathway with a qualification.
- Flexibility of study load and duration, within program rules. If you wish to reduce the study load then duration may extend up to a maximum of 6 years unless extenuating circumstances apply (illness, parenting responsibilities or similar).
- It is global in its reach. EIT’s current students join from over 100 countries.
- Students are supported with a dedicated Learning Support Officer in addition to the lecturers. This provides a single, consistent point of reference for students and intensive support to enhance the learning process. The Learning Support Officer acts as a mentor who will assist you to augment your potential throughout the program and acts as a conduit for direct contact with the lecturers.
- Lecturers are drawn overwhelmingly from industry and are highly experienced engineers, as well as practiced presenters.
- EIT has built strong linkages with industry over many years operating in the vocational sector. Flexible and dynamic development means that units will maintain currency with changing technology.
The Engineering Institute of Technology is pleased to bring you the Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)** program.
Join the next generation of Industrial Automation Engineers.
Through innovative live eLearning, participate from your home or office with the full support and mentoring of dedicated Learning Support Officer and industry experienced lecturers.
** A note regarding recognition of this program in the Australian education system: EIT is the owner of this program. The qualification is officially accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). EIT delivers this program to students worldwide.
This Bachelor's Degree is an academically accredited program by the Australian Government agency Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia under the Sydney and Washington accords. This EIT degree is internationally recognised under the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) accords and the various signatories (https://www.ieagreements.org/accords/washington/signatories/).
The ancient inventions of the pulley, the lever and the wheel were just the beginning. Engineering underpins our way of life and has steered us into the modern age. Consider its contributions to rail and road transportation, power generation, communication technologies and to the applications in the biomedical, aeronautical and industrial fields. Engineers design for progress, but they also address various challenges facing society today, including pollution, hunger and disease.
Engineering is an honorable endeavor, offering both intrinsic and extrinsic benefits. It is prestigious, intellectually challenging and allows for career flexibility because of its breadth. As an occupation engineering is rewarding both personally and financially.
It has the highest average starting salary of any undergraduate major. furthermore, when economies slow the rates of employment for engineers remain buoyant with the supply of qualified engineers commonly failing to meet the demand. Retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new industries and technologies has resulted in an increasing need for engineering skill and knowledge.
For high school graduates the prospect of attending a campus for the duration of a bachelor degree is not terribly daunting. But for those embarking on this qualification a little later on the story is very different. Alongside full time work and family commitments, particularly when regular attendance at a campus is factored in, acquiring a degree is often considered too demanding.
With this in mind EIT has developed an intensive program which offers you flexibility. The degree can be completed through a combination of live, online sessions, self-study and cloud-based, ‘remote’ laboratory work.
To ensure the engineering foundation blocks of mathematics, physics and problem solving are attained EIT includes them in the initial units, but approaches them from the perspective of applied theory (as opposed to a largely theoretical approach). This core material is delivered alongside other units pertinent to the program (including) Principles of Chemical Engineering and Process Instrumentation and Control. In this way you are able to contextualize your learning while acquiring the important skills and knowledge which underpin industrial automation.
The program further builds upon these core subjects and includes programming, advanced mathematics and design and drawing. Other units provide a systems approach to industrial automation; enabling students to understand how it functions as an integrated whole (from instrumented sensors and local controllers to factory-wide monitoring and control systems connected via communication systems).
The depth and scope of industrial automation is communicated together with the importance of safety. The unit Safety Systems Engineering provides you with a systematic, engineering approach to safety, based on international best practices.
The program includes two broad subjects presented from an engineering perspective: Project Planning, Management and Costing and Technology, Sustainability and Society. These units are vital because career progression is significantly based upon an engineer’s ability to manage projects of increasing complexity, scope and cost – on time and on budget! furthermore, many commentators foresee future growth in jobs within industries concerned with environmental sustainability.
The final year of the degree involves the capstone project. working either individually or as part of a team the aim is to involve you in projects similar to those found in industrial or commercial environments. with the emphasis on independent learning the process entails articulating a project; defining its scope, refining design and generating a finished product. The intention behind this concluding assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to integrate and manipulate the knowledge and skills you have gained during the program.
With this qualification you will have acquired the essential foundation which underpins both this and other fields of engineering. But more critically you will have the opportunity to forge a career and become a technologist in industrial automation.
Pathway to the Bachelor of Science (BSc)
The pathway to the BSc (Eng.) is designed for students who qualify for credit from their preceding advanced diploma or equivalent studies and industry experience. The pathway will provide advanced diploma entrants with exemption for those units within the BSc curriculum that are technology orientated where it can be demonstrated that equivalent content and depth of study has already been completed in the advanced diploma program. This will only apply if the discipline stream chosen can be closely associated with the units taken in the advanced diploma stage.
It is anticipated that students with a relevant industrial career background (that is at an appropriate career level) would not need to complete the industrial experience, and may also gain credit for the associated Industrial Experience Research Project unit (unit code BSC109C). This credit would be gained only after formal assessment of the student’s career history and it is likely that these vocationally experienced students will need to deepen their academic knowledge and may need to deepen their professional engineering competencies. This is built into the program by three inclusions:
- Core units will extend academic knowledge in areas such as the more theoretical maths and engineering science that a vocational entrant may not have experienced;
- Where required, short bridging programs may be offered to overcome gaps in prior knowledge (delivered in sub-discipline units) that are identified when students apply for credit for prior learning;
- Students who have industrial experience that is identified as being at an inadequate standard would be required to complete the Industrial Experience Research Project unit. This would be determined case-by-case based on EIT’s Admissions Policy and the BSc Entry Requirements.
The BSc will include two short, well-defined periods of industrial experience in an engineering environment. It will also entail a hands-on workshop which will be used to verify your hands-on work skills. If you already have relevant experience you may apply to have credit granted by completing the associated recognition of prior learning form to demonstrate that your experience is of a sufficient nature and standard.
Comprehensive eBooks and Associated Documentation
In addition to your recommended textbooks, there are a number of potential electronic resources available to you for your work during the program. These include:
- The entire IDC Technologies engineering eBook library of over three hundred books and additional resources. Typical titles that you will receive are listed below. To see the full range of titles visit www.idc-online.com/books
- Practical Industrial Safety, Risk Assessment and Shutdown Systems for Industry
- Practical Hazops for Engineers and Technicians
- Practical Safety Instrumentation and Emergency Shutdown Systems for Process Industries
- Extracts from thousands of engineering books built up under the Copyright Act
- Elsevier Knovel Library with tens of thousands of interactive tables, graphs and equations. This is detailed below.
- Other additional library resources will be announced from time to time
Elsevier Knovel® for Academia
Knovel is used by hundreds of thousands of engineers, applied scientists, and engineering students from top firms and engineering schools worldwide including 14 of top 20 World’s Best Engineering & Technology Universities. It draws from more than 100 leading technical publishers and professional societies including AIAA, AIChE, ASHRAE, ASME, and SAE.
Knovel is a cloud-based service that offers students and faculty 24x7 access to relevant and reliable technical information they need wherever they are.
Knovel’s optimized search tools “understand” engineering language and deliver relevant results even when the data is hidden in tables, graphs, and equations. Knovel is designed around how engineers think, and how they need to search, being able to search for keywords or data in numerical range.
Common Knovel Searches:
- Material selection
- Structural analysis
- Process improvement
- Safety and compliance
- Best practices
- Stress calculations
- Vapour pressure
- Heat transfer
- Fluid dynamics
Note: the above is an extract from Elsevier Knovel’s literature and is copyright Elsevier.
During the program you will participate in weekly interactive sessions with the lecturers and other participants from around the world. Each unit's weekly live tutorial will last approximately 90 minutes. We take student availability into consideration wherever possible before scheduling webinar times. Please refer to 'Live Webinars' and ‘When will the sessions take place?’ in the Frequently Asked Questions. All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, speakers and, if possible, a microphone. The software package and setup details will be sent to you prior to the first webinar.
Entry Requirements - Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)
Entry is available to applicants who hold:
An Australian Senior Certificate of Education or equivalent; OR
A relevant (to the sub-discipline) Engineering Advanced Diploma or higher from an Australian higher education institution; OR
An overseas qualification equivalent to the above item from a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification undertaken at a tertiary institution such as a university, government technical college, or government recognized private college (EIT assesses overseas qualifications using Australian Government guidelines to determine their comparability to qualifications); AND
Satisfactory English language proficiency at an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education or equivalent; OR
A specified level of achievement in a recognized English language test such as: IELTS (or equivalent) at a score of at least 6.0 (with no individual band score less than 5.5); or TOEFL equivalent;.
Students entering through a Yr 12 completion pathway will be required to show results of 60% or a C grade result in Maths in their final school year (in addition to other equivalency requirements for each individual country).
It is desirable that applicants hold Senior Certificate:
- Advanced Mathematics; or WACE Mathematics: Methods; or equivalent
- Physics and Chemistry, with equivalents considered
Students who do not have the desirable level of mathematics and science may consider a bridging course. While bridging courses may be strongly recommended, they are not prerequisites.
Applicants with WACE Mathematics Applications (or equivalent) will be accepted, but EIT may also recommend a bridging course as a supplementary activity. To confirm that past studies in mathematics align with these requirements, applicants may compare the mathematics syllabus to the WACE here and contact an EIT Course Advisor for assistance: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/mathematics.
For more details on the English language requirements applicants are referred to the Higher Education Admissions Policy. There is also a useful Appendix in the policy which lists the different tests and their equivalent scores across different testing methods.
Maths Bridging Test/Exam
Maths bridging test/exam (non-proctored/invigilated): to be completed by all Higher Education students (online and on-campus) during orientation week, to be administered through Moodle. If a student fails the initial test they must complete EIT’s 3 week bridging course (online) and then take the test again (non-proctored/invigilated). If the student fails again they will be considered a student at risk and managed in accordance with EIT’s Student at Risk policy.
EIT have four available Bachelor of Science streams: Industrial Automation Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Structural Engineering.
If you select the Industrial Automation Engineering stream, you must complete 81 credit points comprising of 12 x core units (each worth 3 points), 2 x Industrial Experience Research Project units (with no credit points), 1 x Final Year Project (9 points value) plus 12 x Industrial Automation Engineering units (each worth 3 points). There are no optional or elective units in this program.
Learning and Teaching
Benefits of eLearning to Students
- Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
- Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
- Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
- Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
- Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
- No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
- Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
- International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice
Benefits of eLearning to Employers
- Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
- Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
- Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
- Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
- International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students
How Does it Work?
EIT eLearning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.
Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories
As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.
These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.
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