A new course in programmable logic controllers: A project-based approach

Ray Bachnak, Tim Coppinger

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Group projects provide a means to teach students many of the skills they need to succeed after graduation. In fall semester 2000, we developed and taught a course in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) by employing a project-based approach using an "out-of-the-box" integrated PLC. A major goal of the project is to prepare students to apply effective problem solving techniques by addressing a reasonably complex real world problem. This paper describes the laboratory environment, discusses the project guidelines, and presents the projects implemented in fall 2000. The paper also analyzes the project-based approach and concludes that the project is an essential component of a comprehensive learning experience when teaching PLCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-789
Number of pages11
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Event2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Peppers, Papers, Pueblos and Professors - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2001Jun 27 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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