Module title: Programmable Control Engineering

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC09109
Module leader: James McWhinnie
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Management
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James McWhinnie
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
LO 1 ,2, & 4 will involve the use of traditional lecture, tutorial and laboratory methods. The theoretical lectures are followed by laboratory based on application of the theory. A real case study will be used to demonstrate the integration of all the component parts of the module. Equipment and software widely used in industry will be used within the practical sessions. Students work independently on directed study although they are encouraged to discuss tasks with other class members.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Equipment and software used within the laboratory are leading brands found extensively in industry. This helps equip the student with relevant skills that employers are looking for. The use of background research and its implementation in the design process require students to be motivated and self reliant. The use of case studies enhance the outlook of students who are already "committed" to a particular specialisation

Assessment (formative and summative)
The main assessments will be a formal examination and a written assignment based on the design of a distributed control system. Throughout the module there will be example sessions and tutorial discussions where a students progress can be monitored.

Research/ teaching linkages
The module leader is active in the design of control systems through consultancy and research into control systems self diagnostics. This work is used within case studies to demonstrate the latest techniques and exemplar good engineering practice.

Supporting equality and diversity
LO1 -4 All materials are available on WebCT to cater for the diverse student group.
Timetabled academic supervision is available each taught week of the module to support students.

Internationalisation
International Standards are used in the study of good engineering design practice.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1-4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Programming Languages: IEC61131-3, LD, IL, ST, FBD & SFC.PLC Software Design Methods
Combinational, Sequential and Continuous Control . Analogue Value processing. Cyclic & Interrupt processing.
Design in Fault Diagnostic Techniques.
Sensors and measurement systems selection. Discrete: Proximity, limit switches.
Analogue.Transducers, amplifiers, signal conditioning.
Closed Loop Control, ON/OFF, P, PI & PID. Controller Tuning methods: Reaction Curve, Ultimate Cycle..
Industrial Communication Systems. Fieldbus systems, OPC Servers,
Human Machine Interfaces (HMI). Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems. Distributed Databases, I/O Drivers, Tags, Alarm Handling, Trending, Historic Data, HMI Design.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: design and implement a programmable controller based control system;
LO2: develop and implement digital closed loop control;
LO3: specify types of sensors and measurement systems used for control operations;
LO4: design and implement a SCADA application.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - BOLTON (2010) PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS: NEWNES, 5th ed. - ISBN: 9781856177511
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