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PLC Systems (ENG311)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides a thorough understanding, knowledge and practical experience in using PLC systems for measurement and control in an industrial process setting. Topics include: PLC categories, types; project-oriented development environment; hardware configuration; digital I/O; ladder logic, STL, FBD; logic operations, timers, counters; simulators; numerical and interrupt processing; process simulation, analogue I/O, PID control; state based design and implementation; operator panels, networking, I/O modules, remote I/O; multiple PLC project development and documentation.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the completion of this unit, in relation to PLC based systems you should be able to:
1. Explain the concept and understand the capabilities and range of systems
2. Understand and explain the the type and range of types of physical I/O
3. Analyse, design, simulate & implement sequential and discrete state systems
4. Configure and use a PLC in a small automation and process control system
5. Understand and implement a networked based PLC system
6. Be able to use a PLC to simulate simple process oriented systems
7. Be able to design, implement and test small PLC based projects
8. Be able to ascertain, define and solve problems appropriate to the above technical areas
9. Be able to work effectively in small groups to design, implement and test small PLC based projects
10. Be able to effectively communicate the above technical information using both written and verbal skills
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/Workshop/Laboratories: 2 x 3 hour sessions per week, Monday and Friday.
In PS2.027.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit utilizes the specialised Industrial Computer Systems facility. This facility is available 24/7, so students are encouraged to used the facility outside of the formal class times. Indeed given the specialised industrial computer systems equipment and electrical panels, students must practice the skills and building upon the knowledge introduced during the formal classes.
At any time within the facility, both formally timetable classes or at other times, an informal 'studio' style of learning is encourage, whereby students help each other and discuss and solve problems together.
Other Learning Experiences As this unit makes use of specialised equipment available only in the Industrial Computer Systems facility which is available 24/7, students must regularly practice their skills and build their knowledge and understanding. When within the facility, all students are encouraged to help each other and discuss problems and solutions with each other. As the background work for projects is also done outside of class in groups, these also provide an opportunity to develop group oriented skills.
Assessment 10% Laboratory Work - During the twice weekly sessions, students learn and apply the basic knowledge of the unit. Students are assessed on their participation in the 'studio' style approach where everyone is encouraged to help and learn from each other.
30% Project work - Students in small groups are expected to develop a deeper understanding by applying the skills and knowledge to a practical computer based project. The assessment is based on a the group formally presenting to the class, demonstrating the working system and submitting an electronic report
60% Tests - Three tests consisting of both a practical and written component, are used to assess each students skill level, understanding and knowledge of the area.
Prerequisites ENG109 Computing for Scientists and Engineers; ENG207/ENG262 Principles of Electronic Instrumentation; ENG294 Discrete Time Systems or ENG267 Process Dynamics and Control Systems.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech)
Industrial Computer Systems Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Industrial Computer Systems Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Renewable Energy Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Graeme Cole
Associate Professor Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6950
e: Graeme.Cole@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003F - Building 220, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Graeme Cole
Associate Professor Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6950
e: Graeme.Cole@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003F - Building 220, Murdoch Campus
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