Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)

Integrated Specification / Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) [Contextual Graduate Attributes]

PLO 1: Communication

Graduates will have communication (oral and written) skills to investigate, analyse and present technical ideas, information and solutions [A1] on Industrial Automation problems and projects in a professional, independent and organised manner, across international cultures, individually and in teams, within the professional engineering domain [A2].

Graduates will also demonstrate professional conduct and accountability befitting Professional Engineers via industry exposure practice [A2] – integrated and consolidated within the various Industrial Automation topics.

(EA Stage 1: 2.2, 3.2, 2.4, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6)


PLO 2: Knowledge, Analysis and Judgement

Graduates of this program will be able to identify, critically analyse and creatively solve intellectually complex, specialised professional engineering problems [B1] in power engineering, safety design, instrumentation, communication, process engineering, and industrial control systems relevant to Industrial Automation, individually or in groups, underpinned by critical analysis, innovation, self-reflection, research, evaluation, synthesis, accountability, [B1, B2] and sound engineering judgement of solutions relevant to the Professional engineering domain.

(EA Stage 1: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 3.3, 3.4)


PLO 3: Design and Problem Solving

Graduates will use skills in established systematic design and project management methodologies, to source, analyse, synthesise, design and communicate projects and information [C1, C2] individually or in collaboration with others as team members and leaders.

Graduates will also apply complex problem solving methods [C1] to process, control, safety, and data communication systems as Professional Industrial Automation engineers in a practical, independent, sustainable and ethical manner with a socially, environmentally and economically accountable ethos [C3].

(EA Stage 1: 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1)


PLO 4: Professional Conduct, Knowledge and Ethics

Graduates of this program will have an in-depth understanding of synthesis and design in specialist bodies of knowledge [D1] at the Professional Engineering level across the Industrial Automation disciplines including: applying fundamental power and process engineering principles; synthesising control system strategies; evaluating hazard, risk and performing safety system design; assessing modern instrumentation and control equipment; validating knowledge of industrial data communications; and systematic project management [D2].

Graduates will also demonstrate scientific, mathematical, design and international standards perspectives [D3] as ethical Professional Industrial Automation Engineers.

(EA Stage 1: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5)


PLO 5: Research

Graduates will execute applied research projects with independent scholarship, advanced research, planning, and leadership [E1] with accountability and sound research ethos; with research principles and methods relevant to the Industrial Automation domain [E2] via professional and industry exposure to practice.

(EA Stage 1: 1.4, 1.6, 2.4, 3.6)



Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1

(PLO 1) | A.  Effective Communication


A1.  Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience.

2.2, 3.2

A2. Ability to professionally manage oneself, teams, information and projects and engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of international cultures in leadership, team and individual roles.

2.4, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

(PLO 2) | B.  Critical  Analysis and Judgement


B1. Ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex information and theoretical concepts.

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1

B2. Ability to creatively, proactively and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches with a high level of accountability, in an engineering context.

1.5, 2.1, 3.3, 3.4

(PLO 3) | C.  Design and Problem Solving Skills


C1.  Cognitive skills to synthesise, evaluate and use information from a broad range of sources to effectively identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

1.5, 2.1, 2.3

C2. Technical and communication skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering professional practice.

2.2, 2.3

C3. Comprehension of the role of technology in society and identified issues in applying engineering technology ethics and impacts; economic; social; environmental and sustainability.

1.5, 1.6, 3.1

(PLO 4) | D.  Science, Ethics and Professional Engineering


D1.  Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

D2.  Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain

1.6, 3.1, 3.5

D3.  Knowledge of international perspectives in engineering and ability to apply various national and International Standards

1.5, 1.6, 2.4, 3.4

(PLO 5) | E.  Information and Research Skills


E1.  Application of advanced research and planning skills to engineering projects

1.4, 2.4, 3.6

E2.  Knowledge of research principles and methods in an engineering context

1.4, 1.6