Module Title:Advanced PLCs
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered through a mix of lectures, laboratory assignments and projects including a professional write up. It will employ a mixture of active/task-based learning, reflective learning and problem-based learning.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop an in-depth understanding and insight to control, analysis, and visualisation of advanced programming methods for dynamic systems using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI/SCADA), safely and ethically as used in automated processes across a range of industrial applications.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Design, develop and, debug control (PLC) and visual (HMI/SCADA) models using a combination of IEC PLC languages and embedded scripting.
LO2 Employ good and safe practice in control system design and development.
LO3 Set up industrial networks, communication protocols and security.
LO4 Design and develop a PLC/HMI project for a given application.
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
PLC programming languages
Use of different program languages such as Ladder (LAD), Function Block Diagrams (FBD) and Structured Control Logic (SCL).
Advanced PLC Programming
Function Blocks, Data Blocks, comparator operations, safety circuit classification and integration into projects, fail safe operation and safe shutdown of equipment. Analogue input and output modules, Digital to Analogue conversion, Analogue to Digital Conversion, resolution, step outputs, sampling frequency, and associated calculations.
HMI Programming
Design and program a HMI to include multiple screens, buttons, pictures, animations, access levels, alarms and trends.
Interfacing, industrial networking and communication protocols
Introduction to the integration of network protocols into PLC programs.
Automation Project Design
Develop and implement automation project individually/collaboratively (depending on complexity).
Assessment Breakdown%
Project30.00%
Practical20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A group/solo (depending on complexity) project based on real-world scenarios. 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A set of practical exercises to complement the theory elements of the module. 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final assessment to evaluate students' learning. 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester
No Continuous Assessment
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A group/solo (depending on complexity) project based on real-world scenarios. 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A set of practical exercises to complement the theory elements of the module. 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final assessment to evaluate students' learning. 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Laboratory Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 9.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EERAS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automated Systems 8 Mandatory