Industrial automation 7.5 credits

Industriell automation
Second cycle, R7008E
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Johan Carlson 07 Feb 2013

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 11 Jan 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Control Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Automation Technology

Entry requirements

Intermediate level knowledge in the subjects of automatic control (R0003E), basic electronics (E0013E), mathematics (M0018M) and programming (D0009E, D0010E) is also presumed.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

Industrial Automation is a multidisciplinary discipline that requires knowledge and expertise from different engineering sectors, such as electrical, electronics, chemical, mechanical communications, process and software engineering. Nowadays the application of Industrial Automation has been transformed to ubiquitous infrastructure that automates and improves the human life in all the everyday activities. Characteristic results are industrial automation systems in the car industry, in aviation, in marine industry, health systems, trains, electrical power, pulp and paper, and many other applications, and thus currently the society has become so dependent on automation that it is difficult to imagine how the life would look like without automation engineering.

The course has been designed for both undergraduate and graduate students, while the aim will be to provide an extended overview and fundamental knowledge in the field of Industrial Automation, while building the necessary knowledge level for further specialization in advanced concepts of Industrial Automation. For achieving this objective lectures will be combined with experimental test bends and problems will be presented that needs a holistic engineering approach. 

After completion of the course, the students shall have knowledge and understanding of:
  • The latch principle and ways of design logical automation diagrams
  • Synthesize automation systems by combining sensors, actuators and relays
  • Basic knowledge in PLC programming
  • Experimental background with real life test bends 


At the end of the course, the student by applying the methods and the principles presented in the course will be able to:

  • Understand and follow industrial automation systems
  • Design Industrial Automation systems
  • Implement Industrial Automation systems (low voltage)

The course covers a number of central concepts of Industrial Automation such as: basic automation elements, hardware components for Automation and Process Control, the latch principle, Industrial Automation synthesis, logical design for automation, electro pneumatic automation, industrial networks, basic programming in PLC and the PID at the industry.


Lectures, problem demonstration sessions, and laboratory work (Industrial Automation Experimental Setups).

Mandatory laboratory assignments (differentiated grades) with written reports and written exam with differentiated grades.

George Nikolakopoulos

Literature. Valid from Spring 2014 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
In 2013 there will be no basic course book only Presentation Slides.

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA13
0003Laboratory workU G#3.00MandatoryS18

Study guidance
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