CSF453 - Control Systems Fundamentals

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Subject Title
Control Systems Fundamentals

Subject Description

This course covers the fundamentals of control systems.  It covers the basic principles for designing and controlling simple mechanical, electrical and fluid systems. The fundamental concept of control system theory is covered.

The course introduces various control systems including programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in a complex mechatronic system.  Examples are given using the automation system SIMATIC S7 and the related programming software TIA portal/STEP7.

Using computer simulation, students will learn the role the control system (PLC) plays within a mechatronic system or subsystem. They will also learn basic elements of PLC functions by writing small programs and testing these programs on an actual system (2 axis gripper pick and place unit). Students will learn to identify malfunctioning PLCs hardware, as well as to apply troubleshooting strategies to identify and localize problems caused by PLC software.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Electronics Engineering Technology Program - Communications and Control Systems options.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.    Explain the role of a control system.

2.    Understand the importance of automation and feedback in control systems.

3.    Identify all subsystems in a closed loop system block diagram, and discuss their roles.

4.    Explain the role of various control systems in various industrial applications.

5.    Explain the role of programmable logic controllers, PLCs within a given system or module.

6.    Trace and describe the flow of information in a given mechatronic system or subsystem with a focus on the control function of PLCs in the system.

7.    Describe the basic functions and design of PLCs.

8.    Read, analyze and utilize the technical documents such as data sheets, timing diagrams, operation manuals, schematics, and ladder diagrams.

9.    Correctly localize, identify and document system malfunctions in or caused by PLC hardware, based upon the technical documentation.

10.  Apply safety rules while working on the system.

11.  Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.