Module title: Control Engineering (MEng)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11501
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 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
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 ,3, & 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 although 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 real 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.

Assessment (formative and summative)
The main assessments will be a formal examination (LO 1-3) and a written assignment (LO 1-4) based on the design of a distributed control system. Throughout the module there will be example sessions and tutorial discussions where a student’s 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 and self diagnostics methods. 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 Virtual Learning Environment and the student recall directory where appropriate, 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 48
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 LO1-LO4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 LO1-LO3 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Programmable Logic Controller hardware. 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. PID digital control algorithms. Simple Software filter.
Safe design. BS EN 60204-1, BS en 954-1, PUWER 98. Control Panel design.
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:.specify types of sensors and measurement systems used for various control applications;
LO3: develop and implement digital closed loop (PID) control and tune PID controllers to given
Processes;
LO4: design and implement a distributed control system.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - ROBERT LEWIS PROGRAMMING INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS USING IEC61131-3: IET Vol. 1, 2nd ed.
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