This is a SELF-PACED COURSE that begins in January 2017 and is ongoing

Course Prefix, Number, Title:  Intro. to PLC's
                                                   (Starts the week your group wants it--- lasts 6 weeks)

self paced section (no instructor, no registration fee)

Equivalent Contact and Credit Hours:  5 Contact Hours / 3 Credit Hours

Click here for assignments. (The first two assignments were originally posted the first week of February 2011.) User name is: [student] the Password is: [2plcs]

Course Description: This course introduces the programmable logic controller (PLC) and its associated applications. Topics include ladder logic diagrams, input/output modules, power supplies, surge protection, selection/installation of controllers, and interfacing of controllers with equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to install PLC's and create simple programs.

Prerequisites:  Computer Literacy or Motor Control Knowledge


Class Location:  on line

Class Meeting Times and Days:
Saturdays online (6 weeks)

Name of Instructor:    TBA

Fax:  TBA

E-Mail:  TBA


Required Textbook:   Introduction to PLCs 2nd edition  ISBN-10: 1-59460-331-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-59460-331-0

                                                               by  Jay F. Hooper
You can purchase this textbook on  The cost is approx. $24.

Required software:  LogixPro PLC Simulator CD/Key Edition

You can purchase this CD at  The cost is approx.  $40. (From website: "The LogixPro 500 CD/Key is fully compatible with most modern AMD / Intel Processors running Windows 95,98,Me,NT,2K,XP,Vista,Windows 7 & 8... The CD/Key is not compatible with Mac computers, or computers running unix/linux.")

Required Materials:   

Student Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student will have a general overview of the course material covered and will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

1) Understand the typical layout of a PLC system
2) Write PLC programs
3) Troubleshoot a PLC program

Methodology:  Online assignments, readings, labs, and projects.

Course Requirements:  Required lab work and projects.

Evaluation of Performance:
Written Tests - 40 %    Lab Assignments - 40%
Demonstration of competencies / Projects - 20%

College Grading Scale:

94 - 100                 A
86 - 93                   B
78 - 85                   C
70 - 77                   D
69 / Below             F

Quality of Instruction Statement: We are committed to providing quality instruction.

Attendance Policy: Regular attendance in class is essential to receiving the maximum benefit from the educational experience.  In all cases of absences, the student is responsible for making up all missed class work.

Special Notes:
Students will be required to access the internet.

NO attachments to your email are allowed due to copyright issues.
Please use any standard email program in the TEXT mode to answer assigned questions.  Do not
use HTML mail.
Answers should be in the following format:  <enter>
 2.xxxxxxx <enter> <enter>
 4.xxxx <enter>              (All assignments will be posted by the first day of each week.)

Course Outline

Historical Development of the PLC

Inputs and Outputs / CPU

Examine On and Examine Off

Basics of Programming

Latching and Unlatching

Control Relays





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