2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
19 x 2-hour practicals per semester
4 x 3-hour project works per semester
1 of ENGR1201, ENGR1205
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR8712 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
An understanding of electronics, such as might be obtained in ENGR1202 Analog Electronics 1
Topic description
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), ladder programming, PLC instructions, timers, counters, flags and analog I/O in PLCs, testing and debugging a program on a PLC, generating timed and event-driven sequences such as traffic lights, automating and monitoring an industrial process with a PLC using on/off or PID (Proportional, Integration and Derivative) control, introduction to SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) systems, automation and control of a small-scale industrial assembly process, industrial automation in an assembly line including automatic warehouse, inspection, classification and delivery.
Educational aims
The topic introduces students to the principles of electronic design for manufacturing and how to design PCBs for developing prototypes of advanced microelectronic circuits. It also covers how to work with professional design tools available in industry. The students will also learn how to design, program, test, and monitor an automated control system using PLCs.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of electronic design for manufacturing
  2. Understand the use of electronic CAD (computer aided design) tools for designing printed circuit boards
  3. Understand signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility when designing PCBs
  4. Understand appropriate design solutions for given requirements
  5. Understand the designing, programming, testing, and monitoring of automated industry processes using PLCs
  6. Understand generating timed sequences
  7. Understand issues affecting the control of an industrial plant with different control strategies