Automated Systems

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Automated Systems

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    An introductory course to pneumatics, electropneumatics, hydraulics, electrohydraulics, programmable logic control.This subject covers the fundamentals of automated equipment control circuitry from an applied perspective. The student on completion of the course has knowledge of the basic building blocks used in design of automated circuits and can read, interpret and create electro-pneumatic and hydraulic schematics. In addition they will understand how high-level PLC control works and can design their own PLC ladder logic circuits. The course covers: physical principles of automated equipment, function and use of pneumatic and electro-pneumatic components, design and draughting of electro-pneumatic components, logical functions, use of sensors, counters and timers, compressed air production, treatment and distribution. Automation and robotics, PLC programming and interfacing. Optical, capacitive and inductive sensors. Applications and design of hydraulic and electro-hydraulic circuits. Function and use of basic hydraulic components, symbols and standards, safety. There is a significant hands-on element in the course. 

    Learning Outcomes
    Recognise and use the basic elements and components used in electro-pneumatic and hydraulic and circuits.
    Recognize and use the symbols and conventions used in representing pneumatic and hydraulic circuits.
    Interpret electro-pneumatic and hydraulic schematics and explain how the circuits operate.
    Build simple electro-pneumatic circuits from schematics provided.
    Design basic electro-pneumatic and hydraulic circuits from specifications provided and correctly depict the resultant design by means of conventional schematic drawings.
    Describe how compressed air is produced, treated and distributed.
    Describe how PLC controllers operate and how they can be incorporated in basic control circuitry.
    Design basic PLC circuits using ladder logic mnemonic code.
    Be capable of designing and simulating the operation of an electro-pneumatic circuit using the Festo Fluidsim electro-pneumatic design software.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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