Applications of Programmable Logic Controllers SCQF Level 7

Providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the construction and operation of Programmable Logic Controllers.


Why take this course?

This Unit was developed for the HNC and HND Electronics Group Awards, but may also be taken as a stand alone HN Unit. You will study Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) hardware and software, and learn to write programs that could be used to control simple industrial processes. 

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

You will develop practical skills that will enable you to enter and edit programs within a PLC. You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of operating and programming a PLC and by the end of the unit you should be able to apply a PLC to simulate safe control of an industrial process.

The formal assessment will consist of a written assessment and a practical assignment. The written assessment paper will last for one hour and thirty minutes and take place under controlled, supervised conditions. It will be carried out under closed book conditions in which you will not be allowed to take notes, handouts, textbooks etc into the assessment.

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Entry requirements

Candidates should possess a basic knowledge and understanding of electrical principles and combinational logic. This may be evidenced by the possession of a Higher in Electrical Engineering and/or HN Units Single Phase A.C. Circuits and Combinational Logic.

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing any unit resources listed.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

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Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone (01346) 586136 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

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