MODULE DETAILS

Module 7:     Data Communications

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 covers the media, hardware and protocols used in mainstream Industrial serial data communication systems.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss data communication basics

2.    Describe the salient attributes of selected wired serial communication standards

3.    Examine and discuss the fundamentals of Industrial communication protocols

4.    Examine and discuss the attributes of copper and fiber media



Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss data communication basics

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Describe the names and functionalities of the various layers in the OSI and TCP models

1.2

Identify applicable standards and regulatory bodies

1.3

Convert between decimal, hex, binary and ASCII

1.4

Explain the basics of encoding and modulation

1.5

Distinguish between full and half-duplex

1.6

Explain the difference between synchronous and asynchronous communication


Learning Outcome 2

Describe the salient attributes of selected wired serial communication standards

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Demonstrate the operation of RS-232

2.2

(a) Demonstrate the operation of RS-485; and

(b) Explain the basic differences between RS-485 and RS-422

2.3

Describe the salient characteristics of Bell 202 as used in HART


Learning Outcome 3

Examine and discuss the fundamentals of Industrial communication protocols

Assessment Criteria

3.1

Explain the concept of a data communications protocol

3.2

Explain the functions of data communication protocols in relation to the OSI model

3.3

Explain the operation of an ASCII-based protocol at the hand of DF-1

3.4

Explain the operation of a hex-based protocol at the hand of MODBUS RTU



Learning Outcome 4

Examine and discuss the attributes of copper and fiber media

Assessment Criteria

4.1

Examine and discuss the salient attributes of:

(a) copper

(b) fiber media used for data communications


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

  • Listen32

  • Picoscope

Hardware

  • Remote Labs