MODULE DETAILS

DEIFPI602 : Fundamentals of Process Instrumentation

Nominal duration: 84 hours total time commitment

This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, and attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers the fundamentals of process instrumentation, methods for measuring pressure, level, temperature and flow, plus selection and integration of process instrumentation.

MODULE PURPOSE

The purpose of the module is for participants to develop knowledge of the core principles and functions of industrial instrumentation that will be widely applicable in modern oil and gas plants while building a foundation for their progress through the remainder of this course.

MODIFICATION HISTORY Original module approved in 2010 (52368WA); April 2014 (52684WA).  This version is Version 3.

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES/UNIT(S)

Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering and Power Distribution DEIFEP601

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:

None

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

 

METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.

CONDITIONS OF ASSESSMENT

Assessor Requirements:

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the standards for registered training organisation (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

Assessors must also hold a tertiary qualification in engineering or related field.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers and assessors keep their industry knowledge up to date through ongoing professional development.

Assessment Conditions:

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Assessments may be open book assessment and may be completed off campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Outline fundamentals of process measurement
  2. Explain methods of measuring pressure using instrumentation in a plant environment
  3. Explain methods of measuring level using instrumentation in a plant environment
  4. Explain methods of measuring temperature using instrumentation in a plant environment
  5. Explain methods of measuring flow using instrumentation in a plant environment
  6. Evaluate instrumentation by applying process considerations
  7. Explain techniques for integration of process instrumentation systems

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes specify what students will be able to do as a result of the learning.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Assessment criteria provide the criteria by which achievement of the learning outcomes will be judged.

1. Outline fundamentals of process measurement  

1.1.  Identify process measurement concepts and terminology

1.2.  Outline fundamental characteristics of pneumatic and hydraulic instrumentation systems

1.3.  Explain, in general terms, functions and applications of hardware and accessories related to process measurement

2. Explain methods of measuring pressure using instrumentation in a plant environment

2.1.  Outline basic pressure measurement concepts

2.2.  Describe pressure measurement devices and accessories

2.3.  Explain the operation of overpressure relief devices

2.4.  Identify issues of pressure measurement

3. Explain methods of measuring level using instrumentation in a plant environment

3.1.  Outline common level measurement techniques

3.2.  Describe level measurement devices and accessories

3.3.  Explain issues of level measurement

4. Explain methods of measuring temperature using instrumentation in a plant environment

4.1. Compare temperature measurement methods based on:

  • Thermoelectric effect
  • Resistance
  • Radiation
  • Expansion

4.2. Explain issues of temperature measurement  

5. Explain methods of measuring flow using instrumentation in a plant environment

5.1. Compare flow measurement methods based on:

  • Volume flow rate
  • Mass flow rate
  • Flow velocity

5.2. Evaluate methods of flow measurement not based on volume, mass or velocity

6. Evaluate instrumentation components by applying process considerations

6.1. Apply the following considerations in selecting instrumentation for a given process:

  • Transmitters
  • Noise
  • Materials of construction
7. Explain techniques for integration of process instrumentation systems

7.1.  Explain key features of tank farm instrumentation

7.2.  Interpret calculations of individual instrument error and total error for the system

7.3.  Outline effective procedures for integration of pressure, level, temperature and flow measurement systems

7.4.  Determine suitable applications for smart instrumentation subsystems with data communication links

7.5.  Determine procedures for testing and commissioning of instrumentation subsystems

Delivery Mode

Online and face-to-face

Specialised Resources

N/A

  

 

  

Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • VPLabs

  • Instruction update 11/09/2019 - v4.2

Hardware

  • Remote Lab