TRC4200 - Engineering cyber-physical systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Anthony Guo


Dr. S. Veera Ragavan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


TRC2001, TRC3000 or equivalent




The unit aims to impart knowledge, skills, and experience required to prepare graduates for the impending digital transformation driving the convergence of technologies that result in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). An introduction will be given to Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The evolution of key technologies, transformation to digital chains and the need to seamlessly combine organisational and technological issues into a single framework will be discussed. A real-life scenario will be used to motivate students to apply CPS technologies to design and develop Smart Systems in any domain of their specialisation and interest. Using the concept of Learning Factories (LF) - a platform to impart experience-based knowledge - the developed solution will be built and tested as a group project.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply engineering knowledge and skills (information technology, operations technology and Internet-of-things) to synthesise cyber-physical systems.
  2. Design smart products and processes using an integrated approach to meet design requirements.
  3. Select and apply tools to acquire, store, consolidate, analyse, manipulate and visualise data.
  4. Construct a complete CPS including component selection, software development and test processes to produce an industry-ready process.
  5. Communicate project status and requirements to engineers and society at large.
  6. Work effectively as a member or leader of a diverse team.
  7. Manage projects and drive it to successful completion within technical, operational, budgetary, risk and time constraints.


Continuous assessment: 70%

Examination (2 hours): 30%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of 4-6 hours of scheduled learning activities and 6-8 hours independent study per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. If independent study during mid-semester break, SWOTVAC and exam periods are included, the total workload can exceed the minimum expected workload.

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