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  • NONAC02002

Controller Basics

Non-accredited Short Course
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Controller Basics

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Course overview

Course overview

Learn the basics of modern controllers which are the core item for makers, and STEM’s (Science Technology Engineering & Math) participants.  These are not just a toy, but a serious tool for inventing; robotics, wearable technology, agri tech, fashion tech, environmental monitoring, advanced manufacturing, and automation.

This unit is part of a series of courses and labs which build knowledge and skills in the area known as the Internet of Things.  This covers the monitoring layer, looking at the basics of sensors, links, and controller developer boards.

We will review several controller types, then focus on the Arduino development board.  This will include a brief introduction to the; controller component, controller connection options, and the programming options.

This course is a must for anyone involved in the following; STEM’s, computing, IoT, electronics, security systems, home automation, robotics, teaching, automation.

'IOT Series' suggested pattern: Fundamentals 1 - Concepts  > Tinker Lab 1 (Raspberry Pi) >  Fundamentals 2 - Components > Intro to Coding > Tinker Lab 2 (Pi and Puck) > Controller Basics > Tinker Lab 3 (Node-Red Pi) > Basic electronics > Tinker Lab 4 (Arduino) > Intro to Javascript > Tinker Lab 5 (Firebase) > Cloud Platforms  > Tinker Labs 6 (Cloud Functions) > Coding Node.js > Tinker Lab 7 (End-to-end IoT)

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Selection criteria

Completion of Fundamentals of IoT is highly recommended.

If participation in further related studies is intended, completion of all related prior units is recommended.

Participants should be confident using computers and the internet.

Participants should be comfortable with learning technical jargon.

Resources required

“Tinker Labs Arduino Starter Kit” and “Tinker Labs Pi Kit” recommended.

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If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland