Course Title: Implement Control Processes Using PLC's

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MIET7322

Course Title: Implement Control Processes Using PLC's

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Luigi La Forgia
+61 3 9925 4864

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
1.3 PLC application is determined from
documentation, job sheets or
discussions with appropriate
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. Plan PLC application
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 required.


4. Test and document PLC program.

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
3.3 Decisions for dealing with unexpected
situations are made from discussions
with appropriate personnel, job
specifications and enterprise
3. Program PLC for the application
3.4 Methods for dealing with unexpected
situations are selected on the basis of
safety and specified work outcomes.


3. Program PLC for the application.

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
4.6 Work completion is notified to
appropriate personnel according to
enterprise procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Design PLC program outline.

Plan PLC application.

Program PLC for the application.

Test and document PLC program.

Details of Learning Activities

This course will allow you to learn through a combination of:

  1. Presentations
  2. Lectures
  3. Tutorials - Review questions and problems
  4. Practical Laboratories
  5. A visitor from Industry (Subject to availability & TBA)

Teaching Schedule




<thead> <th scope="col"> Week Number </th> <th scope="col">Topic Delivered</th> <th scope="col">Learning Activity</th> <th scope="col">Assessment Task</th> </thead>

 &#9642; OHS Induction
&#9642; Introduction about PLCs
&#9642; Introduction Practical Activity

&#9642; An Overview of PLCs
- Parts
- Principles of Operation




  &#9642; PLC Hardware Components
- I/O Section
- Discrete, Analogue, & Special Modules
- Memory

 &#9642; OMRON CQM1 & CJ1M memory
&#9642; OMROM Digital Library
&#9642; Lab Intro to CX-Programmer:
Programming simple Ladder diagrams using CX-Programmer
&#9642; Pneumatics
- Directional Control Valves & Actuators (Cylinders)
- Pneumatic Reciprocating Circuits


3    Test 1 (10%)
MC & T/F Qs on Topics in Weeks 1 to 3

 &#61607; Fundamentals of Logic
- AND, OR, & NOT
- Derived Logic Functions
- Boolean Algebra

Laboratory 1
Simple manually operated actuator reciprocating circuit



5 &#61607; Basics of PLC Programming
- Program Scan
- PLC Programming Languages
- Instruction Addressing
- Branch Instructions
- Internal Relay Instructions
- Modes of Operation
6  Laboratory 2
Reciprocating Circuit with Timer or Manual termination
Online Modifications
Complex Reciprocating Circuits with 2 actuator
7  &#9642; Developing PLC Wiring Diagrams & Ladder Logic Programs
- Electromagnetic Control Relays
- Contactors
- Motor Starters
- Switches
- Sensors
- Output Control Devices
8  Laboratory 3
Circuit Including Guard Lock and Counter controlled reciprocations
9 &#9642; Programming Timers
- Timer Instructions
- On-Delay
- Off-Delay
- Retentive
- Cascading
10 Laboratory 4
Sequential Control Systems
Step-Action Diagrams
11 &#9642; Programming Counters
- Counter Instructions
- Up-Counter
- Down-Counter
- Cascading
12 Laboratory 5
Step-Action diagrams including Time delayed sequencing of machine steps

 &#9642; Program Control Instructions
- Master Control Reset
- Jump
- Subroutine
- Safety Circuitry

 &#9642; Data Manipulation Instructions
- Data Transfer
- Data Compare
- Closed Loop Control




Laboratory 6
Sequentially Cycling Machines with Timer in input or output of Step Counter

 Laboratory 7
Step-Action controlled Sequential Systems with Fringe Condition
&#61485; Auto/Manual
&#61485; Interrupt
&#61485; Program selection



  Assignment 1
(Cumulative Review QS) Due (20%)
15 Major Practical Exam   Group 1
Prac Exam (30%)
16 Major Practical Exam   Group 2
Prac Exam (30%)
17 Centralized Exams  Final (Theory) Exam (40%)
18 Centralized Exams  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Programmable Logic Controller, Frank D. Petruzella,
4e, McGraw Hill, 2011



Other Resources

The following will be provided in the classroom/laboratory, and/or on the student network drive and/or Black Board:

  1. PLC Hardware
  2. PLC Programming Software
  3. Manufacturers’ Equipment Technical and User Guides etc..

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment is a combination of Practical and Theoretical demonstration of Knowledge & Skills.

  1. Test 1 (10%) [MC & T/F Qs on Topics covered in Weeks 1 to 3]
  2. Assignment 1 (20%) [Cummulative Review Qs & Problems on work covered over entire semester]
  3. Practical Exam (30 %) 
  4. Final Theory Exam (40 %)

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to program PLC’s within an industrial setting.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit, requires the assessors gathering a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and to be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts (i.e. Range Statement/s) within the timeframes typically expected of the discipline, work function and industrial environment.
In particular this shall incorporate evidence that shows a candidate is able to:
(i) Implement Occupational Health and Safety workplace procedures and practices including the use of risk control measures as specified in the performance criteria and range;
(ii) Demonstrate essential knowledge and associated skills as described in 5.1 of this unit;
(iii) Demonstrate a representative body of performance criteria within a timeframe typically expected of the discipline, work function and industrial environment; and
(iv) Demonstrate the ability to successfully program PLCs within an industrial setting on more than one occasion and in different contexts.
Interdependent assessment
This unit could be assessed in conjunction with any other units covering the implementation of control processes using PLCs or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.
Consistency of performance:
Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and to be

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Item

Performance Criteria

1. Test 11.1 - 1.7
2. Assignment 11.1-1.7
3. Practical Exam1.1-1.7
4. Final (Theory) Exam1.1-1.7

Other Information

For this course, the minimum student directed hours are 16, which are in addition to 64 scheduled teaching hours.
Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation and writing lab reports.

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Late submission:
Students requiring extensions of 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval for extension will not be accepted or marked.

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