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Programmable Logic Controller Systems (Electrical Technology) (Level 7)


To provide the learner with a broad knowledge of automation systems, programming approaches and industrial control applications.

Having successfully completed this module, the learner will be able to:

1. Outline the benefits of programmable control.
2. Explain the scan cycle operation of a programmable logic controller.
3. Devise structured programmes for manufacturing control applications using appropriate computer software.
4. Use a PLC to control discrete electro-mechanical and pneumatic devicesin accordance with EN 60204.
5. Select an appropriate control action for a simple process model.

Entry Requirement

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to take this module as a single subject, however these are not introductory level modules and some familiarity with the area as well as a level of independent study would be expected for exam success. Participants taking this module as part of the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Technology or the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Technology must meet the entry requirements outlined on their course pages.


Each taught module has a programme of continuous assessment worth 50% and a final exam worth 50%. It is necessary to pass both elements to achieve an award in the module.


12 weeks, 3 hours per week
Tuesday from 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Commencing Tuesday 24th January 2017


This module may be completed as a stand-alone course, or it may be completed by eligible participants for credit towards the award of Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Technology (Level 7) or Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Technology (Level 7).


Students not registered on the Degree may, upon request, receive an LIT Subject Certificate (Level 7, 5 Credits) on successful completion of the module. Students registered for the Degree will receive ECTS credits for each group of modules successfully completed. Accumulation of 60 credits will lead to the Degree Award.
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