Module Title:   Automation and Control

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0360D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   SCIM (Dept of Computer Science)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr J.C. Readle

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr R.W. Clarke

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

1. To develop a clear grasp of the fundamentals of automation and applied control.
2. To understand the principles and practice of static industrial robots.
3. To apply the principles of automation and robotics in the design of automation systems.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lectures and seminars will used to introduce the basic knowledge and concepts. Tutorials will be used to work through a number of problem sheets. Computer labs will be used to introduce, PLC software, SCADA systems and robotic kinematics. Supplementary - repair deficiencies.

Lectures:   18.00          Directed Study:   150.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   18.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1. Demonstrated a clear understanding of the design and application of static industrial robots including their control and kinematics.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2. Demonstrate the ability to design and implement a simple SCADA system.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse, design and implement a PLC based control systems.

  Examination - closed book 2.00 70%
  Examination - closed book 2 hours
  Coursework   30%
  Software based practical control system design

Outline Syllabus:
Robotics: Introduction; history of robotics, advantages, industrial and non-industrial applications. Drive mechanisms and methods; electrical dc servo-motors, stepper motors, hydraulic, pneumatic, linear drives, rotary drives. Static robots; classification and structure, physical configurations, end effectors, dynamics, basic co-ordinate transforms, homogenous transformation, Denavit and Hartenburg (DH) method, introduction to kinetics. Computer control; hardware, software. Robot control; review of feedback control systems, problems of time-varying dynamics, digital control. Sensors; review of internal and external state sensors, vision based sensors, sensor fusion.
Applied control: Real-time control, hardware and software requirements, computer interfacing, languages, specification and design methodologies for real-time systems. Reliability and fault tolerance. Distributed control systems, communications requirements. Commercial systems; SCADA, PLCs. Safety critical systems, guidelines. Practical case studies.

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