ems5dm digital manufacturing




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will provide students with a solid background in the core technological concepts associated with 'the factory of the future', known as 'Industry 4.0' or the fourth industrial revolution. This subject will address future production systems based on decentralized intelligence, autonomous decision making, mechatronic modules and advanced or specialized manufacturing techniques.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJames Maxwell

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following: SMENM, SMENMB, SHENI or SHENIB; or subject coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIndustry 4.0: The Industrial Internet of ThingsPrescribedAlasdair Gilchrist 2016Apress

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate and explain the transformation process of digital manufacturing from the position of traditional manufacturing methodologies.

Lectures, Case Studies

02. Develop and implement real-time digital representations of physical engineering systems (Cyber Physical Systems).

Weekly practical workshops developing skills related to cyber physical systems

03. Critically analyse engineering systems and recommend improvements based on engineering industry principles and standards.

Lectures, Case Studies, Workshops

04. Apply specialist Industry 4.0 concepts to real-world manufacturing systems.

Lectures, Case Studies, Workshops

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJames Maxwell

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 31
One 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Introductory Lecture"

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Online Lectures"

WorkShopWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Group workshops"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Two hour end of semester examination (equivalent to 2000 words)6001, 03, 04
Three written group Case Studies (2100 words total equivalent)2001, 03, 04
Weekly Short Written Report of Workshop Activities (equiv. to 150 words each) (equiv. to 1800 words)Each week students model a different aspect of engineering systems to prove concepts or develop products, demonstrate implementation in the virtual or physical world and describe in a short written report.2002