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.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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