This unit of study aims to cover the skills and knowledge required to perform distributed control of a smart factory. The student will learn to research and use: manufacturers’ datasheets; technical drawings, relevant documentation, and, perform calculations to safely and competently carry out the tasks of design and integration of a distributed control system.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Apply advanced PLCs programming techniques to distributed control systems
  • Analyse and apply the principles of control theory to solve problems in a distributed control system
  • Research emerging technologies and create a SCADA system
  • Design and apply Manufacturing Execution System(MES) to control a production line
  • Report on an Enterprise Resource Planning system

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
10.00 10 weeks 100
5.00 6 weeks 30
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
0.83 12 weeks 10
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
0.83 12 weeks 10


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Case StudiesIndividual 10 - 20% 1,3,5 
PortfolioGroup 10 - 20% 1,2,3,4,5 
ProjectGroup 40 - 60% 1,2,3,4,5 
TestIndividual 20 - 30% 



Advanced PLC Programming 

Control Systems

SCADA systems in industry

Manufacturing Execution Systems

Detailed planning of production processes and resources. Direct connection to the distributed systems of the process level

Introduction to Enterprise resource planning

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.