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Bachelor of Engineering (Instrumentation Control and Automation) Honours

Course code Y46

Instrumentation control and automation engineering is the integration of electrical, electronic and computing engineering with control engineering.

This integrated discipline includes the development of intelligent systems to automate monitoring, processing, and production in different engineering industries. The course is designed to provide graduates with a strong background to enter into a range of career pathways related to automation and control application in the mining and mineral processing, oil and gas, and agriculture industries that are strongly represented in the economy of Western Australia. Graduates of the course will be conversant in electrical and electronic engineering; have specialist skills in design, development and management of advanced control and automation systems; and have the ability to participate in, and lead, complex multidisciplinary projects. The program focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to professional engineering practice along with a sound theoretical base, and includes strong elements of practical problem solving, team work and project development. As a result, graduates will have strong analytical skills, in addition to multiple technical and transferable competencies. The course covers topics in process control algorithms, computer interfacing and communications of industrial controllers, as well as computer automation, including the use of PLCs, SCADA, and PC-based systems to control systems and processes. Topics such as advanced PLC control and SCADA systems, and manufacturing execution systems are introduced in the advanced years of the program, after students have gained proficiency in the theory of modern control and dynamic systems. The first year of this course includes a set of eight units that are common across all engineering honours courses. This allows students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the various engineering disciplines on offer and the flexibility, if desired, to switch to another engineering discipline/course without penalty after the first year of study.

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Entry requirements

82 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y46

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,550

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y46

CRICOS code

083338J

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,200

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Duration

4 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

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Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 30 Core units, 2 Elective units and a Practicum unit.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1154Introduction to Engineering15
ENS1115Materials and Manufacturing 115
ENM1102Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design15
MAT1250Mathematics 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1101Engineering Mechanics15
ENS1180Introduction to Energy and Resource Engineering15
ENS1253Electrical Engineering 1B15
MAT1251Mathematics 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENM2104Instrumentation and Measurement15
ENS2456Digital Electronics15
ENS2159Engineering Innovation and Ethics15
ENS5170Engineering Systems15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSP2151Programming Fundamentals15
ENS2113Engineering Dynamics15
ENS3553Signals and Systems15
ENS2457Analog Electronics15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3555Communication Systems 115
ENS3551Electrical Networks15
ENS3554Data Communications and Computer Networks15
ENS5253Control Systems15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5230Electrical Machines and Transformers15
ENS2257Microprocessor Systems15
ENS5240Industrial Control15
Elective Unit15

Note: Students who receive a WAM of 70 per cent or above at the end of their third year of study will be invited to complete a graded Honours degree by taking the two Honours Thesis units in place of the standard project units in their fourth year. Students below this cut-off, or who decline the offer to undertake the Honours Thesis, will graduate with an ungraded Honours degree.

Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5111Engineering Practicum
ENS5447Propagation and Antennas15
ENS5130Advanced Industrial Control15
ENS5360Power Electronics15
ENS4152 ^Project Development15
Or
ENS5145 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 115

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 1 in place of ENS4152 Project Development.

Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5543Engineering Management15
ENS5209Process Control15
ENS4253 ^Engineering Project15
Or
ENS5146 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 215
Elective Unit15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5146 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2110Materials and Manufacturing 215
ENS2160Thermodynamics15
ENM3218Fluid Mechanics15
ENS3206Power Systems 115
ENS3556Wireless Communication15
ENS5203Electronic Circuit Design15
ENS5251Digital Signal Processing15
ENS5444Telecommunication Networks15
ENS5442Robotics 115
ENS5542Communication Systems 215
ENS5445Sustainability and Renewable Energy15
MAT3486Multivariate Calculus15

Note: Electives chosen from outside this list must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage instrumentation, control and automation engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  2. Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the instrumentation, control and automation engineering disciplines.
  4. Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  5. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the instrumentation, control and automation engineering disciplines and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  6. Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  7. Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  8. Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex engineering problem solving.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Engineers Australia

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,550 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,200 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

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Career Opportunities

Instrumentation control and automation engineers have diverse employment opportunities in most sectors of industry, including product design and development, manufacturing, mining and resource, agriculture, public utilities, road and transport, defence, aerospace, chemical, pharmaceutical, and consulting.

Possible future job titles

Control and Automation Engineer, Process Control Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer

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