Topic outline

  • Course Synopsis

    This course is an introduction to PLC and microcontroller. Students are exposed to input/output PLC interface, PLC programming, input/output microcontroller interface and microcontroller programming.

    By the end of semester, students should be able to:

    CO1:  Describe the principles used in programming PLC.

    CO2:  Apply the fundamental technique in PLC programming to control a basic automation system.

    CO3:  Describe the principles used in programming microcontroller using C language.

    CO4:  Apply the fundamental technique in microcontroller programming to control a basic automation system.

    CO5:  Construct a microcomputer project in a professional manner.


  • Topic 1

    Chapter1: Basic Microcomputer Concepts
    Aims
    Describe the main terminologies, internal architecture and operating principles of microcomputer and its components.
    Expected Outcomes
    To identify and explain typical terminology used in microcomputer technology.
    To distinguish the applications of microprocessor, microcomputer and microcontroller.
    To demonstrate the internal architecture of microcomputer components.
    References
    Fernando E. Valdes-Peres, Ramon Pallas-Aremy, Microcontroller: Fundamental and Applications.

  • Topic 2

    Chapter 2: Introduction to PLCs

    Chapter content:

    • PLCs' advantageous

    • PLC components

    • PLC architecture

  • Topic 3

    Chapter 3: PLC Information and Communication Techniques

    Aims
    Apply the fundamental technique in PLC programming to control a basic automation system.
    Expected outcomes
    Describe and identify the characteristics of commonly used input and output devices.
    Explain the processing of inputs and outputs by PLCs.
    Describe communication links involved with PLC systems, the protocols and networking methods.
    References
    W. Bolton, Programmable Logic Control, 4th Ed.

  • Topic 4

    Chapter 4: PLC Programming Methods

    Aims
    Apply the fundamental technique in PLC programming to control a basic automation system.
    Expected Outcomes
    Develop ladder programs for the logic functions AND, OR, NOR, NAND, NOT and XOR.
    Develop ladder programs involving internal relays, timers, counters, shift registers, sequencers and data handling.
    Develop functional block diagram, instruction list, structured text andsequential function chart programs.
    References
    W. Bolton, Programmable Logic Control, 4th Ed.

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              • Teaching Activities

                Quiz 1

                Quiz 2

                Quiz 3

                Quiz 4

                Quiz 5


                Assignment 1: Mini Research

                Assignment 2: Open Ended Mini Project


                Past Year Question

                Mid Term Question Sem I 2015/2016

                Mid Term Question Sem I 2016/2017

                Final Question Sem I 2015/2016

                Final Question Sem I 2016/2017