MODULE DETAILS

Module 17: Programmable Logic Controllers

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (48 hours total time commitment)

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

MODULE PURPOSE

This module deals with the structure, programming, installation, commissioning and troubleshooting of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)-based systems.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss PLC Hardware

2.    Develop PLC Programs

3.    Examine and discuss the specification, configuration, installation and commissioning of PLC systems




Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss PLC Hardware

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Examine and discuss the basics of PLC construction, with reference to:

(a) programming devices

(b) processors and power supplies

(c) memory systems and I/O interaction

(d) digital and analog I/O

(e) special function I/O and serial communication       interfacing




Learning Outcome 2

Develop PLC Programs

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Explain how data acquisition is performed with a PLC

2.2

Examine and discuss the programming for analog and digital control with PLCs

2.3

Discuss fault tolerance in PLC software

2.4

Explain how peripheral equipment is accessed via PLC software

2.5

Discuss the salient aspects of high-security PLC systems

2.6

Write, simulate and test PLC programs

2.7

Provide evidence of best PLC software documentation practice

2.8

Examine the interfacing of HMI with PLCs



Learning Outcome 3

Examine and discuss the specification, configuration, installation and commissioning of PLC systems

Assessment Criteria

3.1

Develop a functional specification for a PLC system

3.2

Discuss the configuration, installation and commissioning of PLC systems

3.3

Analyse working examples of PLC programs

3.4

Identify PLC applications in Mining



Delivery mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).



Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • Codesys

Hardware

  •  N/A