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Module

EEE8151 : Distributed Control Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohammed Elgendy
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Advancing information Technology knowledge with respect to Industrial Automation and manufacturing applications

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Distributed Control Systems (DCSs): Automated systems in modern manufacturing processes; production control components; sensors and actuators; microprocessor technology and system measurements; task execution within a microprocessor; real-time control systems; centralised and distributed control system; benefits of distributed control systems; introduction to SCADA Systems; remote terminal unit hardware.

Communication networks for DCSs: Communication media for wired data transmission; sources of noise and signal distortion; data transmission; network topologies; frame concept; medium access control (MAC) methods; error checking mechanisms; factors affecting network performance; line drivers; data synchronisation.

Network Protocols: ISO Reference Model: Standards used in automation industry; DCS Network Protocols; 7-layer ISO Reference Model; the General framework of the OSI reference model; details of the 7 Layers of the ISO/OSI model.

CAN: Controller Area Network: the history of the development of CAN; CAN specifications; CAN ISO/OSI reference model; CAN physical layer; bit stuffing; bit timing configuration; CAN bus basic operation; frame format and CAN extended data frame; CAN controller organisation; standalone and embedded CAN technology; bus arbitration message filtering; Basic and Full CAN implementations; CAN error handling; overview of the CAN hardware market; simulation of CAN bus based DCS network.

CANopen: CAN application layer; CAN based message specification, network management, distributor and layer management; CANopen profiles; CANopen device profiles;       CANopen communication profile; application layer services; communication models; the object dictionary.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion360:3018:00Revision for final examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Final examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Laboratory sessions
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00Reading of recommended literature and text books
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials - Feedback sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study771:0077:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study43:0012:00Software simulation practice and preparation for the simulation sessions
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is integrated into lecture structure. Lab sessions provide examples of knowledge implementation.
Topic is supported by case studies.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report2MFormative assessment with oral feedback during the laboratory session.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the assessment enable the student to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.
Practical lab will assess the students' ability to apply the course material to a more practical situation and obtaining results from various DCS network scenarios. This will be formative assessment with oral feedback during the lab sessions.
Students need to pass the formative assessment to pass the module.

Reading Lists

Timetable