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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Applied Control
Module Code TN08002
School 79
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Charlotte Holland
Semester 2: Charlotte Holland
Autumn: Charlotte Holland
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces the concept of a control system and its various elements (electrics, pneumatics and hydraulics as power sources) and examines technological system behaviour. Students will integrate these elements with programmable controllers to automate examples of control systems. The module will enable students to appreciate control functions and to integrate higher levels of control and automation into design solutions of future problem briefs. The associated health and safety considerations for working with automated systems and robotic devices will be emphasised in the context of post primary technological learning activities. The module will be delivered through lectures, tutorials and experimental lab-based classes. The theoretical knowledge will be presented and explained in the lecture-based classes, whereby the content delivered will be further explored, discussed and applied in smaller group tutorial sessions. The acquired knowledge will be reinforced in lab-based classes where the emphasis will be placed on forging strong links between the abstract and concrete elements of the modules subject matter.

Learning Outcomes

1. Select suitable sensing technologies and test their operation in a range of technological control systems.
2. Demonstrate the ability to synthesise fundamental control design concepts through the use of appropriate software for the design, simulation, testing and analysis of a control system design.
3. Use programming language software to control a microcontroller and associated motor driver boards.
4. Use a PLC to control an electromechanical robotic device to do specific tasks paying particular attention to associated health and safety considerations.
5. Design and build an appropriate control system to control a simple project as a demonstrator, aligned with the national post-primary technology education syllabi.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory24Practical in Engineering Laboratory
Tutorial24Tutorial in Computer Laboratory
Independent Study77Independent Learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
Principles of open and closed loop control. Principles of combinational and sequential logic. Advantages of micro-processor controlled systems and how they provide precision, programmable control and flexibility when compared with traditional systems. Mathematical models of systems which relate outputs to inputs for calculating how a systems output will vary with time. Measurement systems in terms of sensors, signal conditioners and displays. Students will conduct risk assessments to prepare them to work in an appropriate manner with the required electronic equipment to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentOnline Quiz - Mid Term25%n/a
AssignmentOnline Quiz - End of Term25%n/a
AssignmentLaboratory Reports20%n/a
AssignmentControl Assignment30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Hughes, E., Hiley, J., Brown, K., Smith, I.,: 2008, Hughes Electrical and Electronic Technology. Pearson Education. ISBN 0132060116 ISBN-13 9780132060110,
  • Bolton, W.: 2018, Mechatronics. Pearson. ISBN 1292250976 ISBN-13 9781292250977,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BEDTEGBachelor of Education - TEG Post Primary

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