ELEC-245: Programmable Controllers

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Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Programmable Controllers
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ELEC 200
Catalog Course Description

Begins with a thorough discussion of the Allen Bradley Contrologix/Compactlogix programmable controller system characteristics, followed by a detailed presentation on how to use the programmable controller to solve the automated control problem.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To prepare the student to be able to adapt to any PLC system, regardless of the manufacturer, in a minimum amount of time.

Core Course Topics
  1. Hardware and software introduction
  2. RSLinx EtherNet/IP drivers
  3. Power components
  4. Internal relays, timers, and counters
  5. Creating and monitoring RSLogix 5000 tags
  6. Tag aliasing
  7. Uploading, downloading and going online with the Logix controller
  8. Creating and debugging logic within the ladder editor
  9. RSLogix 5000 project organization
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Understand the applications of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and how it is part of an automation system.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in entry-level PLC programming.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in interfacing a PLC to basic electrical equipment.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in entering and executing a PLC program from a computer terminal.
  5. Prepare and organize a machine control package used to emphasize the importance of graphical communication.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to solve a control problem utilizing the logical capability of the PLC.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Tests given throughout the semester. Tests represent 40 percent of the course grade.
  2. Informal and Formal laboratory activities and performance exercises in which students demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuits. Formal laboratory activities are submitted as a written report and represents 60 percent of the course grade.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date