Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Mechatronics Part-time
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Programmable Logic Controller
Course unit code 024525253204
Language of instruction Deutsch
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Robert AMANN

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content
  • functioning of PLC (program development, process image)
  • data types, standard function blocks and programming languages of IEC61131
  • implementation of function blocks
  • logic controls
  • sequential controls
  • implementation of closed loop controls

Learning outcomes
  • The students can describe how programmable logic controllers (PLC) work.
  • The students can write programs in IEC61131 languages.
  • The students can apply the standard function blocks of IEC61131.
  • The students can structure programs using program organization blocks.
  • The students can use design patterns when designing control programs.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Presentations and laboratory exercises

Assessment methods and criteria

Final written examination



Recommended or required reading
  • Aspern, Jens von (2000): SPS-Softwareentwicklung mit IEC61131. Heidelberg: Hüthig.
  • Wellenreuther, Günter (2015): Automatisieren mit SPS. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face Laboratory with mandatory attendance