SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHW226260
Module Leader Ibrahim Kucukdemiral
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Instrumentation, Control & Analytical Sciences
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

In order to meet the exacting demands of the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, defence and food processing industries, modern plants are equipped with systems and devices which are needed to measure and regulate variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, humidity, liquid level, velocity and density. Industrial Automation together with advanced instrumentation provides the technology to control and monitor a process plant using such concepts as feedback, cascade, feed-forward and advanced process control. On the other hand, there is an ever-increasing shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers, technicians and technologists around the world and in UK now due to the ageing, reconstruction and fast growth in new technologies and industries. This comprehensive module covers the essentials of SCADA and PLC systems, measurement systems used in automation systems, which are often used in close association with each other. This module provides an overall exposure to the technology of Industrial Automation and Control as widely seen in factories of all types both for discrete and continuous manufacturing. A selection of case studies are used to illustrate the key concepts with examples of real world working SCADA and PLC systems in manufacturing. Although the emphasis of the course will be on practical industry topics highlighting recent developments, using work-based case studies, the latest application of SCADA, PLC technologies, sensors, switches and fundamentals will be covered.


-360 -284b7 Introduction to industrial Automation -283 o Definition of Industrial Control System o Purpose of industrial automation o Safety of automation systems, e.g. ATEX -426b7 Hardware components of automation and process control -426 o Actuators: Electric motors, pneumatic actuators, relays o Sensors: Thermal overload relay, proximity switch, limit switch, level switch, flow switch, temperature and pressure switch o Encoders -426b7 Applications of PLCs -425 o PLC expansions and I/O configurations o Installation of PLCs: electromagnetic interference, grounding, shielding, lightning protection, input-output impedance adjustment -426b7 Industrial networks of PLCs and SCADA -425 o Topology of a network: Star, ring, bus topologies. o Communication protocols: Master/slave, token passing method of access. o Implementation of industrial networks. o Factors affecting data integrity. -426b7 Instrumentation Design Exercise - Case Study -425 o P&ID, interpretation and development. o Design an instrumentation system for measuring an agreed variable(s), e.g. pressure, flow, temperature. o This will include identifying suitable transducer(s) for a process within defined input / output parameters within certain environmental and cost constraints. Students will be expected to design the complete system from measurement to display of information. This will be tailored to an application in the apprentices workplace with the measurement system to be designed agreed with the industrial mentor and academic tutor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Define industrial automation systems2. Compare automation with control3. Describe the major roles of automation and instrumentation in industry4. Understand the working principles of hardware components of automation and process control and to use in industrial systems5. Properly select required PLC configuration for the problem and install based on the current standards6. Understand industrial communication systems7. Implement industrial networks based on the requirements of the process8. Develop and use various PLC and SCADA systems

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is tutorial-based with a significant element of self-study. Lectures will be used to introduce topics with worked examples and provide guidance on what to study. Deeper understanding will be attained through individual completion of tutorial questions provided by the lecturer and work based case studies. Support will be provided in tutorial and laboratory sessions in which tutors will be available to clarify concepts and resolve difficulties.

Indicative Reading

-360b7 Lessons In Industrial Instrumentation, Tony R. Kuphaldt, 2017, Samurai Media Limited, Hong Kong b7 Industrial Automated Systems: Instrumentation and motion control, Terry Bartelt, Delmar, 2011 -360b7 Chemical Process Control, An Introduction to Theory and Practice, George Stephanopoulos, Prentice Hall, 2012 -360b7 Introduction to Industrial Automation, S. Manesis, G. Nikolakopoulos, 2018, CRC Press b7 Principles of Measurement Systems, John P Bentley, 2005, Pearson Eduction Ltd.

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation Independent working through design and investigation of specified case study. Management skills through the critical consideration of system specifications and their use in case studies.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 n/a Final Examination
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 n/a Work based written report