Course Title: Implement Control Processes Using PLC's

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET7322

Course Title: Implement Control Processes Using PLC's

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Luigi La Forgia

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to program Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) within an industrial setting.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP300 Implement Control Processes Using PLC's


1. Plan PLC application.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood
1.2 Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work area are followed.
1.3 PLC application is determined from documentation, job sheets or discussions with appropriate personnel.
1.4 Measurements and data required are identified and appropriate control system components selected.
1.5 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.
1.6 Implementation of the control system is analysed and optimum approach selected, planned for and checked against requirements 
1.7 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.


2. Design PLC program outline. 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Ladder control circuits or logical flow of the application are drawn if required.
2.3 Ladder control circuits are converted to ladder logic if require


4. Test and document PLC program.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
4.2 The PLC program is function tested and its operation verified.
4.3 Equipment and machinery is checked as being isolated where necessary during testing process.
4.4 Work site is made safe in accordance with established safety procedures.
4.5 PLC program and function test is documented according to enterprise procedures.
4.6 Work completion is notified to appropriate personnel according to enterprise procedures.


3. Program PLC for the application.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 PLC is programmed according to manufacturers’ specifications and job requirements.
3.3 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.
3.4 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Design PLC program outline.

Plan PLC application.

Program PLC for the application.

Test and document PLC program.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of activities including:
Instructor lead hands-on tutorials

Teaching Schedule

Wk Topic
1 Define Programmable Controller
- input rack
- output rack
- central Processor Unit (CPU)
- power supply
- special units (e.g. motor control, A/D, D/A)
- programmer
2 Define Control Logic
-relay logic circuit
- series circuits
- parallel circuits
- combination of series and parallel
- interlocking

3 -programmable logic
- ON state instruction
- series equivalent circuits
- parallel equivalent circuits
- combination series/parallel
- OFF state instruction
4 -control relay logic conversion
- relay to logic programmable logic
- programmable logic to relay logic
5 Define fail safe
-identify need for fail safe
-programming fail safe
-hardware fail safe
6 Modify program online
-identify safety concerns
-program modification
7 Identify program editors
-statement list
8 Test 1(20%)
9 Identify memory devices
-terminology (RAM, ROM, EPROM, etc.)
-volatile, non-volatile, static
-I/O image registers
-applications program
-scratchpad area
-timer/counter preset/acc registers
-data table
10 Identify advanced logic concepts
-word logic operations
- merge (word AND)
- mask (word OR)
- complement (word complement)
11 Identify advanced logic concepts (session 2)
-word logic operations
- merge (word AND)
- mask (word OR)
- complement (word complement)
12 Identify counters & timers
-timing diagrams
- edge sensitive (leading and trailing)
- level sensitive
- interpreting timing diagrams

13 -software timing functions
- delay on timer (DOE)
- delay off timer (DDE)
- interval timer

14 -time related software functions
- one shot
- time base generators
- time clock
15 Identify advanced control instructions
-general operations
- master control function
- subroutine function

16 - input differentiation function
- temporary relay function

17 Centralised Exams
18 Centralised Exams
19 - bistable control function
- sequencer control function

20 - drum controller function
- conditional branch function
- labels and rung comments

21 -math operations
- addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, square, compare
22 - conversions BIN to BCD to BIN
- matrix, arithmetic shift left and right
23 block operations
- block – move, compare, set, reset
- word transfer

24 -bit operations
- carry – set, reset
- shift left and right
- rotate left and right
25 Hardware fault location
-importance of documentation
field I/O devices and wiring

26 -CPU diagnostic indicators
27 -I/O module cards and status indicators
-watch dog timer
28 Software fault location and rectification
-programming console as diagnostic tool
29 -override/force functions (safety considerations)
30 -diagnostic/error code registers
31 Practice
32 Practice
33 Practice
34 Practice
35 Final Practical Test (30%)
36 Final written test (50%)
37 Centralised Exams
38 Centralised Exams

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Teacher will provide for students in class and/or on network drive and/or on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Various written assignments/tests and practical exercises/projects 50%
2 x Progress tests 50%

Assessment Tasks

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the Performance Criteria and Required Skill and Knowledge of the unit of the Accredited Course. The students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following:
CHD Competent with High Distnction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CP Competent with Pass
NYC Not Yet Competent

Assessment Criteria (for Practical)
CHD Competent with High Distinction Students should be able to complete the project given basically without help. The learner will demonstrate an exceptionally clear understanding of the subject matter and appreciation of the issues. Arguments will be well formed and sustained, and problem solving will be well thought out and structured

CDI Competent with Distinction Students should be able to complete the project with minimal help. The learner will demonstrate a detailed understanding of the key issues, but perhaps lacking in the finer points. The learner will demonstrate a clearly developed, relevant and well-structured approach while working on the practical exercises.

CC Competent with Credit The learner will demonstrate a competent understanding of the subject but with minor gaps, and will demonstrate a well prepared and presented approach to problem solving.

CP Competent with Pass The learner demonstrates some appreciation of the subject matter, but the work is generally lacking in depth and with gaps. Work at this level may be poorly presented and contain some minor errors.

NYC Not Yet Competent The learner will show evidence of minimal or inadequate understanding of the subject matter.

Assessment Task
You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Test 1 (20%)- Week 8
2. Final Practical Test (30%) - Week 15
3. Final Closed book Test (50%) - Week 16

Assessment Matrix

ElementTest 1Final Practical TestFinal Closed Book Test

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