Course Title: Automation Concepts 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: EEET6219L

Course Title: Automation Concepts 1

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6050 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering

Course Contact : Jan Jia

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jan Jia

+61 3 9925 4390

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 learning unit is designed to introduce the theory of operating principles and basic concepts of circuit design for various industrial fluid power systems and PLC. Students will be given the opportunity to develop practical skills in programming, testing and problem solving related to working with PLC in electrical automation areas.

This learning unit is one of a group of units designed to collectively meet underpinning skill & applied knowledge essential for developing the following Core Competency –

UTE NES 406 bA – Develop complex testing and evaluation procedures- Electrical which is contained in the National Electrotechnology Training Package UTE99


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UTENES406BA Develop complex testing & evaluation procedures


o 406.1 Plan & prepare for the development of (basic) testing and evaluation procedures
o 406.2 Develop (basic) testing procedures
o 406.3 Completion of work

Performance Criteria:

• demonstrate working concepts and applications of PLC, practical skills in PLC programming for basic sequential machine control systems, develop testing procedures that will verify the performance specifications, diagnose and debug faults, and verify the completion of the commission.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of Fluid Power concepts, PLC operating principles and introduction to circuits designed for linear pneumatic actuators and asynchronous sequential machine control systems.

• Practical activities to develop skill in PLC basic programming, design basic logic control and construction of control circuits, test to verify the performance specification, diagnose and debug faults, verify the completion of the commission.

• Work performance simulation projects involving the design and construction PLC circuits, development of testing procedure to verify the performance specification, diagnosis of faults in the systems and repair the fault. Specifications will be provided with work simulation (team or individual basis) or may be negotiated to suit a workplace based application
Projects may be undertaken as part of a team or individual basis.

It is expected that students would require approximately 20% of course hours to be allocated for independent study to do project research, design, construction, testing and problem solving activities.

Teaching Schedule

WEEK 1 introduction to course guide, OH&S issues, Learning objectives, assessment methods etc.


Basic structure of PLC
Five basic logic functions
Ladder diagram
Mnemonic list
Introduction to OMRON CQM1 and CJ1 PLCs
Concepts of pneumatic control


Demonstrate PLC trainer
Student work booklet 1:
Exercises 1 to 11
Practical exercise 1 Read : Textbook chap. 1, 2,3
Selective pages.

Week 4 
Holding relay
Basic design concepts
Visual test
Hot-run test


Interface PLC with Pneumatic control system
Student work booklet 1:
Exercise 12 to 16


Complex ladder diagram
Program complex logic into PLC
Student work booklet 2:
Exercise 1 to 9
Practical exercises 2, 3
Monitoring status of relays

Read: Textbook chap. 5
Week 7
Student work booklet 3:
Exercise 1 to 6
Practical exercise 4
Save program on tape
Load program into PLC
Print ladder diagram & mnemonic list Read:

Textbook chap. 6

Week 8

Week 9 Step-action diagram
Step-counter concept
Design of simple sequential control Student work booklet 3:
Exercises 14 to 19 Read:

Textbook Chap. 8

Week 10 Progressive Test 1

Week 11 

Complex sequential control
Program selection
Timer placed in the input & output control circuit Student work booklet 4:

Exercise 1, 2.

Textbook chap. 9

Week 13

practical Project work sheet  design and testing

Week 14 instruct students to complete the project task Project:
Week 15 instruct students to complete the project task Project:

Week 16

Revision and instruct students to complete the project task Project:
Practising circuit # 4
Print out your ladder diagram and mnemonic list and save your program to a type
For your record.
Hand in your project report for assessment

Week 17 Revision

Week 18 Progressive Test 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Industrial Hydraulic Control, John Wiley, Author: Peter Rohner

course notes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment requirements include

• attendance and satisfactory completion of prescribed practical exercises , which may be scheduled during the day or evening depending on the demand.
• evidence of participation in and satisfactory completion of work simulation projects.
• satisfactory completion of class assignment work
• progressive tests
• timely submission and standard presentation for all assessment material / documentation

Assessment Tasks

Assessment activities will be as close as practicable to real work situations and will require “real work” type decision making by the student. Evidence of competent performance shall be gathered from

• Work Performance Simulations

These projects have to demonstrate the applied knowledge required to meet assessment criteria and technical requirement specified in the following competency standard:

NES406bA Develop Complex (basic only at this stage) Testing & Evaluation Procedures- Electrical

o 406.1 Plan & prepare for the development of complex testing and evaluation procedures:
o 406.2 Develop complex testing procedures:
o 406.3 Completion of work

When performing the simulations, students must demonstrate ability to:

o Organise and manage the tasks within the simulations
o Cope with any contingencies that arise during the simulations and solve inherent problems
o Perform tasks autonomously and/or as a member of a team as task proscribes
o Perform task and manage work environment/equipment according to safe working practice and OH&S requirements.
o Meet assessment criteria, conditions and technical requirement relevant to the competency standard detail above.

• Practical exercises

These will be assessed progressively according to individual task criteria. All practical exercises must be
o Undertaken according to safe working practice as specified by the Centre.
o Performed according to specified laboratory standards and practice including calibration, measurement and accurate reading. This must include electrical measurement taken with safe working practice, meters properly calibrated, meter settings positioned for an accurate reading and accurate readings taken for all measurements.

• Progressive and Validation Tests

Assessment Matrix

• Written assessment. (55%)
• Assignment/ work performance simulations projects (45%)
• A Pass in practical performance in laboratory exercises
• A Pass in the Learning Unit when evidence of learning is collected according to the requirements as stated at “assessment criteria”. The documentation must be clearly communicated and submitted to supervisor within specified time.

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