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Microcomputers in Automation SA502-16

ECTS 7 | P 45 | A 0 | L 30 | K 0 | ISVU 41158 62230 175276 | Academic year: 2020./2021.

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Course description

Signal types and system features. Process computer and PLC. Transmitters and sensors. Data acquisition subsystem. A/D and D/A converters. Data acquisition software. Interrupt system. Output devices. Monitoring and registering process data. Software in process control. Software for processing process data. Hardware and software approach. Measuring and controlling algorithms. Digital controller. System programmes. Real time operating systems. Application programmes and databases. Visualisation and control based on processed data. Manipulation and process control. Man-machine interface. Data and state visualisation. Data archive. Methods for control system reliability increase. Centralised and distributed system control. Computer-based control system design. Data flows. Realising and testing control system. System maintenance.

Knowledge and skills acquired

Students acquire knowledge of design and application of microprocessors in automation and process control. PLC application in automation and more complex process computers are studied. Skills pertaining to microcomputer system architecture in automation, hardware and software design and real time operation are obtained. Examples of microcomputer application in automation of simple and complex processes are discussed.

Teaching methods

- Lectures using multimedia presentations - Individual learning using CD ROM - Reading papers - Exercises with solved problems - Individual problem solving and team work - Laboratory practice on ready-made models and construction of students' own simple circuits and devices

Student requirements

Defined by the Student evaluation criteria of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek and paragraph 1.9

Monitoring of students

Defined by the Student evaluation criteria of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek and paragraph 1.9

Student assessment

Solving simple individual problems and team work on more complex problems. Assessment of laboratory practice and assessment of design, construction, testing and presentation of students' own simple circuits and devices. Written examination. Oral examination with students for the purpose of defining the final grade.

Obligatory literature

1. 1 Russell, David Introduction to Embedded Systems: Using ANSI C and the Arduino Development Environment Morgan & Claypool, 2010, ISBN 9781608454983

2. 2 J.G.Bollinger, N.A.Duffie Computer Control of Machines and Processes Addison-Wesley, 1988.

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Recommended additional literature

1. 1 Crispin, A. J. Programmable Logic Controllers and their Engineering Applications McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 1997.

2. 2 Računala i proces Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1991. .

3. 3 F.Jović Kompjutersko vođenje procesa Zveza organizacij za tehničko kulturo Slovenije, Ljubljana, 1988.

4. 4 P.S.Buckley Techniques of Process Control John Wiley&Sons, 1964.

5. 5 P.Katz Digital Control using Microprocessors Prentice/Hall, 1982.

6. 6 Perić, N. Automatizacija postrojenja i procesa - predavanja Zavodska skripta, FER, Zagreb, 2000.

Examination methods

Knowledge assessment during the semester, individual problem solving and oral exam.

Course assessment

Conducting university questionnaires on teachers (student-teacher relationship, transparency of assessment criteria, motivation for teaching, teaching clarity, etc.). Conducting Faculty surveys on courses (upon passing the exam, student self-assessment of the adopted learning outcomes and student workload in relation to the number of ECTS credits allocated to activities and courses as a whole).

Overview of course assesment

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. define and elaborate on the term "micro-computer" and "embedded computer" system

2. analyse control systems and define sensor and actuator demands

3. to design and optimize micro-computer system according demands defined by implementation environment

4. evaluate and explain the specific architecture of the selected embedded microcomputer system according to process control requirements

5. evaluate process control results and quality with and without microcomputer systems

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