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ELE5001 Industrial Communications Protocols

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 January 2023


Pre-requisite: ELE2601 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCNS, GDNS, MENS or MEPR


In order to remain competitive, industrial companies are using advanced technologies to automate their processes and operations. Seamless real-time communication between human machine interfaces (HMIs), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), sensors and actuators is essential to industrial automation. Adoption of suitable protocols ensures successful exchanges of data. There are a relatively large number of industrial communication protocols that have been developed over the last few decades. This course will help students develop the skills they will need as professional engineers to critically evaluate a given protocol and assess its suitability for different industrial applications.

The course focuses on industrial control networks. It builds upon knowledge and skills developed in undergraduate courses on data communication systems typically covering traditional local area network protocols such as Ethernet and higher level protocols such as TCP/IP. The major differences between industrial networks and traditional computer networks are considered in detail. Factors influencing the choice of industrial communication protocols for given applications are analysed and network performance parameters are deduced and evaluated.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 27 January 2023