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MEC1501 Introduction to Industrial Processes

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: CIV1500 or CIV1501


Every aspect of modern day lives are dependent on the end products of a number of processing activities. The clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the fuel used to power our vehicles, the materials used to build our homes, the food we eat; are all the end products of processes that convert raw material to the finished products. We achieve this transformation by numerous methods utilising a variety of processes each designed to perform a specific function within the overall transformation process.

Ensuring that a product maintains its competitive edge requires optimisation of the processes which transforms raw material to the final product. The effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability in obtaining raw materials, using machinery, and applying production technologies to processing activities require understanding of the fundamental principles of a number of multi-disciplinary fields.

This introductory course enables the student to achieve a basic understanding of the control systems used in a number of different industrial processes. This is further developed in the next course `Process Control Systems', where process controllers are designed and implemented by applying the fundamental principles covered in this course, together with the theory and application of Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electrical and Electronic Circuits, Sensors and Actuators, Programmable Logic Controllers and Human-Machine Interface Systems.

The aim of this course is to enable the student to develop a basic understanding of the operation of controllers used in a wide range of industrial processes, including food processing, petro-chemical processing, mining and ore processing, and manufacturing. The course is structured so that for each process there is discussion on the equipment used, safety considerations, sustainability, by-products, and control requirements and control strategies.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 27 January 2023