Course Title: Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: EEET7037C

Course Title: Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6120 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electrical

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Zoran Savic
Phone: +613 9925 4996


Jan Jia

Phone: +613 9925 4390


Nominal Hours: 60

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 covers development, installation and testing of programs for programmable controllers (PLC) for a system requiring discrete control functions. It encompasses working safely, applying knowledge of control systems, control system development methods, using ladder diagrams/statement list/function block diagram instruction sets, following written instructions and documenting program development and testing activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEI150A Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers


1. Prepare to develop enter and verify program.


2. Develop control system and enter and test program.


3. Verify, document and report programming activities.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, practicals, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the Electrotechnology area.
It is expected that students will require at least 3 hours per week for independent study (in addition to the scheduled sessions) to do program development work.

Teaching Schedule

Wk        TopicElement         Assesment     
1Automation and control systems. Machine safety concepts. 1 
2Programmable controllers. CJ2 controller. CX-Programmer. IEC61131 programming languages. Ladder Diagram and Structured Text. 1,2,3 
3Number systems and codes. CPU unit operation. CPU memory organisation. 1,2,3 
4Programming concepts. Data Types. Logic functions. Logical operators. 1,2,3 
5Discrete sensors and actuators. Interfacing sensors and actuator devices. 1,2,3 
6Bistable and latching functions. Signal edge response. 1,2,3 
7Timers. On-delay, off-delay, and self-resetting timers. Cascaded timers. 1,2,3 
8Counters. Reversible counters. Cascaded counters. Timer/counter combinations. 1,2,3 
9Practical Test  Practical Test
10Sequential process control. State sequencers in SFC. 1,2,3 
 11Boolean transistions. Transition programs. Branching. 1,2,3 
 12Booleans actions. Action programs. Action qualifiers 1,2,3 
 13Controlled stop and emergency stop requirements. 1,2,3 
 14Manual/Auto mode applications. Timer and counter applications. 1,2,3 
 15 Programming state sequencers in Ladder Diagram. 1,2,3 
 16 Process monitoring. Operator controls. Alarm processing 1,2,3Project
 17-18 Written Test  Written Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Rexford,K & Guiliani, P 2004, Electrical Control for Machines, Sixth Edition.

Rehg, J & Sartori, G 2009, Programmable Logic Controllers, Second Edition.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Assignment 1

Weighting towards final grade (%): 15

Assessment 2: Assignment 2
Weighting towards final grade (%): 15

Assessment 3: In class activity
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 4: Final test
Weighting towards final grade (%):40

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs): 

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance CriteriaAssignment 1& 2In class activityFinal test
1.1 x 
1.2 x 
1.3 x 

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Practical Test  (30%) - Week 9
2. Project (20%) - Week 16
3. Written Test (50%) - Week 17

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.
Assessment tasks have additional requirements for post competence performance.
Percentages shown apply to post competence grading only.

This course is graded using the following course grades-
CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment taskElement
Practical Test1, 2, 3
Project1, 2, 3
Written Test1, 2, 3

Other Information


Minimum student directed hours are 12 in addition to 48 scheduled teaching hours. Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project, preparing for test and exam, student teacher course related consultation, and reports.

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you 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. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for 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.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Email Communication:

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