Module Catalogues

Programmable Logic Controllers and Network Communications

Module Title Programmable Logic Controllers and Network Communications
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 2.50
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

The module aims to introduce the basic knowledge of motor control, and the basic knowledge of using PLC for motor control. It also introduces the basic programming of PLC, and the methods of communication between PLC and other solid-state devices, such as variable frequency drive and servo motor drive. It finally enables students to develop the necessary skills to design and implement a simply servo control system to drive a servo motor.

Learning outcomes

A Describe typical motor control methods, including traditional control (hard-wired electromagnetic relay control) and modern control (based on solid-state devices, e.g. a PLC).
B Demonstrate knowledge of design simple motor control circuits, including both traditional control and modern control based circuits.
C Demonstrate knowledge and skill of PLC programming
D Demonstrate knowledge and skill of implementing network communication among PLC and other devices, e.g. lower level drives (variable frequency drives, servo motor drive) and upper level PCs, etc.
E Demonstrate knowledge and skill of design, integration and testing of a simple servo control system.

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and supervised laboratory sessions. There are totally three pieces of coursework that will be assigned across the semester.