SRJC Course Outlines

5/30/2023 7:16:30 AMELEC 153 Course Outline as of Spring 2022

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ELEC 153Title:  PLC: PROGRAM LOGIC CONTR  
Full Title:  Programmable Logic Controllers
Last Reviewed:4/22/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled43.75
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled1.506 min.Lab Scheduled26.25
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  87.50Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ELEC 53

Catalog Description:
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Fundamentals of programmable logic controllers (PLC), including PLC types, input and output devices, and ladder logic programming.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Fundamentals of programmable logic controllers (PLC), including PLC types, input and output devices, and ladder logic programming.
(Grade Only)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Establish electronic communication between a programmable logic controller (PLC) and a
    personal computer.
2.  Write and document ladder logic programs for a PLC.
3.  Install and test a ladder logic program for a PLC.
4.  Identify and troubleshoot PLC program problems.

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Students will be able to:
1. Design ladder logic programs and assemble documentation.
2. Modify programs using touch screens and teaching pendants.
3. Program a PLC using ladder logic and one additional PLC language.
4. Identify, troubleshoot, and repair faults in sensors and output devices.
5. Identify, troubleshoot, and resolve software problems.
6. Originate proper tag-out procedures when working on electrical equipment.
7. Interpret and apply safety procedures in a manufacturing environment.

Topics and Scope
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I. Types of Input and Output Devices
    A. Relay devices
    B. Analog devices
II.  Types of Controllers
III. Types of Software
IV. Fundamental Operation of PLCs
    A. Relay inputs and outputs
    B. Analog inputs and outputs
    C. Counters
    D. Timers
V.  Program Control Instructions
    A. Jump instructions
    B  Subroutines
    C. Sequencers
VI.   Electrical Tag-Out Procedures
VII.  Basic Manufacturing Safety
VIII. Wiring
    A. Direct current (DC) inputs
    B. Alternating current (AC) inputs
    C. Relay outputs
    D. Transistor outputs
IX. PLC Output Devices
    A. Analog
     B. Relay
X. Troubleshooting Techniques
    A. PLC
    B. Sensors
    C. Related software
XI. Touchscreens and Teaching Pendants
XII. Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
    A. Operation
    B. Limitations
XIII. Laboratory Topics
    A. Safety procedures
    B. Allen-Bradley programming environment
    C. PLC inputs and outputs
    D. Numbering systems
    E. Programming logic operations
    F. Wiring a PLC
    G. Troubleshooting techniques

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Reading (10-30 pages per week)
2. Homework problems:
    Design and interpret relay logic programs (1-2)
    Design and interpret ladder logic programs (1-4)
    Modify ladder logic programs (1-4)
    Assemble software documentation for programs written in two different programming
         languages (1-4)
3. Quizzes (3-6), midterm, and final exam
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Laboratory assignments (5-12) including demonstrating operation of a PLC system

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 50%
Program documentation
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
Laboratory assignments including demonstration of PLC operation
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 40%
Quizzes, midterm and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Programmable Logic Controllers. 5th ed. Petruzella, Frank. McGraw-Hill. 2017

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