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PLC Applications (ENG501)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides the basics of computer based measurement and control by exploring PLC and PAC systems. The strong laboratory component provides students with practical experience in using these systems in an industry environment. Students are expected to design, commission and test small-scale systems involving programming, networking and interfacing to instruments.
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 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
11. Be able to design, implement and trouble shoot the PLC programming in LAD, FBD, GRAPH and SCL, with some understanding of STL.
Timetabled Learning Activities Laboratory/Workshop: 3 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit primarily follows a studio style of learning whereby the specialised industrial computer systems facility is open to the student 24/7. These facilities include dedicated computers attached to specialised electrical panels with measurement and control equipment. Informal lectures and formal workshops are used to introduce the main topics, while interactions between students and staff occurs at a more informal level, with staff regularly visiting the facility. This is a very practically oriented units so students are encouraged to talk, help and work with each other on all aspects of the unit.
Other Learning Experiences Major projects are expected to be completed outside formal class time, but using the specialised laboratory facilities which are available 24/7. These projects provide an opportunity for students to develop project management skills, group interaction and communication, design, development and testing skills.
Assessment This unit involves 3 practical/written tests (60%) which are used to assess the understanding, knowledge and skills developed within the unit. To facilitate the development of this understanding there are regular practical workshops (10%), using the specialised facilities in the dedicated laboratory. These are facilitated in order to provide a sequenced and coherent learning experience, which is an important requirement in this area of study.
An important aspect of the unit is also group, project and communications skills so this is encouraged and developed through group project work (30%), which involves a group written report, verbal presentation and demonstration of the project.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Engineering or Graduate Diploma in Engineering or MBA+ME or ME+MIT.
Exclusions Students who have previously completed ENG311 PLC Systems may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Students will be expected to have experience in at least one programming language and some fundamental knowledge of electrical circuits and electronics.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Industrial Control Systems Engineering
Industrial Control Systems Engineering (ME+MIT)
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Appears in these Minors Industrial Control Systems Engineering
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 - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

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 - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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