PLC102 - PLC Advanced Techniques

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Subject Title
PLC Advanced Techniques

Subject Description
This subject is a follow up to the introduction of PLCs and PACs and is designed to take the students to the next level in PLC and PAC operation and application. It requires the student to have a good understanding of the basic functions and applications involved in PLCs and PACs. The subject gives the student exposure in programming PLCs and PACs for special applications which require multitasking; multiple language programming e.g. Ladder Logic; SFC; FBD and ASCII Structured Text, working in interrupts and controlling a critical process. Also communication between multiple CPU on the same or remote rack using Produced Consumed TAGS will be explored.
  Note: Bring your safety glasses to class

Credit Status
One credit toward a PLC-System Integrator Specialist Recognition of Achievement

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Control an event driven process with the aid of PLC working in interrupts.

2. Program the PLC for different special applications using the ladder logic interface.

3. Use different types of sensors according to the process requirements.

4. Set up the PLC for data acquisition.

5. Set up the communication between the PLC and the Human Machine Interface (HMI).

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

PLC101 - PLC Basic Programming or equivalent course to enroll

Topic Outline

  • Working in interrupt, controlling a critical process
  • How to interface the analog world to the PLC: A/D and D/A cards
  • Typical industrial applications using photo sensors, proxy sensors and IR
  • Advanced PLC instructions
  • Other special applications: video recording, data acquisition
  • The human interface, how to design an interactive human interface

Mode of Instruction
Lectures and hands-on practice in the lab

Laboratory work is essential and will reinforce all the theory with actual programming of the PLC.

Prescribed Texts

Software Requirement

1. USB - PLC Lecture Notes

2. Rockwell Automation Student Took Kit

Reference Material
Programmable Logic Controllers, Author:  John R. Hackworth / Frederick D. Hackworth Jr., Publisher:  Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN 10: 0130607185 

Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers, Sensors and Communications, Author:  Jon Stenerson; ISBN: 10: 013061890X

Required Supplies
Bring your safety glasses to class

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.    

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Practical  60%
Final Exam   40%

Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.


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