PLC301 - PLC Electrical Control Systems

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Subject Title
PLC Electrical Control Systems

Subject Description
This course is designed to introduce the student to the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) with respect to the terms, hardware, operation and communication.  The student will learn to recognize Programmable Logic Controller hardware and program configurations in real PLC and/or computer emulated environments.  The student will be able to understand the functions the controllers perform the programming instructions, online/offline configurations and communication techniques, design and implement simple programs in discrete and analog configurations. Computer software will be used throughout the course for configuration, development, editing and monitoring of application programs.  Equivalent to PLC100 in part-time studies.

Credit Status
Full credit status towards a college program

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

1. Identify name and describe the operation of components which form the microprocessor.

2. Identify and explain the components and hardware of a Programmable Logic Controller system.

3. Define the principle of operation of the Programmable Logic Controller.

4. Analyse simple electrical circuits in relation to basic logic principles.

5. Identify and demonstrate the memory locations and addresses for the Programmable Logic Controllers including program and data files.

6. Apply computer software for the Programmable Logic Controllers and demonstrate simple operations on the computer.

7. Produce simple application programs on the computer for use with Programmable Logic Controllers.

8. Identify explain and demonstrate the use of specific instructions for the Programmable Logic Controllers.


Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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