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EEE3008 : Industrial Automation and PLCs.

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kristopher Smith
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1.       To study the classification of industrial control systems and robots.
2.       To study the modelling of industrial plant, sensors and actuators
3.       To study the on-off control of industrial applications.
4.       To study Programmable Logical Controllers (PLCs) with industrial applications.
5.       To study the application and tuning of PID controllers to industrial plant
6.       To study the theory and application of Fuzzy controllers.

Outline Of Syllabus

Industrial Automation : Identification of key component technologies & motivation for study.
The Device Layer : An Overview of Sensors & Actuators
On-Off Control : Background to Relay-based Control Systems
Programmable Logic Controllers(PLCs) - Background, Programming Methods, Application
Modelling & Control of Linear Systems: P,PI,PID Controllers. Zeigler Nicholls Tuning
Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy Control Systems
Nonlinear Systems : Simple Pendulum, Inverted pendulum, Interconnected Tanks

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Material delivery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Multiple choice test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Guided Independent StudySkills practice101:0010:00Practical Labs to support Lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study100:305:00Preparation for Laboratory Session (30mins per lab)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study18:308:30Revision for multiple choice test (approx. 1hr per lecture that’s included in test)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0018:00Revision for final exam (recommend 1hr per lecture or lab)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study104:0040:00Reviewing lecture notes and key lab sessions (recommend 4hr per session)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material and guidance for further reading.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A80Final exam
PC Examination601M20Multiple choice test
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8150Industrial Automation, PLCs and Robotics1N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Lab exercise1MCompletion of PLC Hardware Tasks
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The multiple choice test requires knowledge of the material presented in the lectures. The written exam requires the basic knowledge and the application to problem solve.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students will be able to sit the assessment earlier.

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