Outcome-based 22/SU Course Syllabus
Course Rubric-Number-Section:AACT-2371-50X1
Credit:3
Contact Hours:
  • 2 hrs - Online Component
  • 4 hrs - Lab
CIP Code:15.0403
Course Title:Automation Control Systems Int
Course Description:An introductory course to automation wiring to address industrial needs for connecting devices as they apply to industry. Includes basic interfacing programming, wiring methods, color coding identification, communications wiring and the troubleshooting of wiring faults in Automation.
Prerequisites:
Take ELPT-1341
Co-requisites:None
Course Meets:
Online
Instructor: Troy Powledge
Office Phone Number: 9039233343
Email Address: troy.powledge@tstc.edu
Office Fax Number:
Building & Office Room Number: South 404
Office Hours: Google Chat, TSTC Email and Moodle Forums
 
Approved by: Juan AlferezDate: 2022-04-25
Course Outcomes
CO1: Explain the principles of device communications;
CO2: Demonstrate Discrete component interfacing;
CO3: Identify various methods of device interconnectivity;
CO4: Wire devices using color codes and protocols;
CO5: Troubleshoot devices wiring faults
 

TSTC Non-PBE Grading Policy

(Grades for courses must be C or better)

Grade Percent Description Grade Points
A 90-100 Excellent/Superior Performance Level 4
B 80-89 Above Required Performance Level 3
C 70-79 Minimum Required Performance Level 2
D 60-69 Below Required Performance Level 1
F Below 60 Failure to meet Performance Requirements 0
IP -- In Progress  
W -- Withdrawal 0
CR -- Credit 0
AUD -- Audit of Course 0
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  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Student Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
  • Plagiarism
  • Student Grievances and Complaints

Access and Learning Accommodations

(formerly Disability Services)

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Texas State Technical College is committed to ensuring educational access to its students and promotes full participation in it’s programs, services, and course requirements.

Qualified students with disabilities are encouraged to access these services by contacting the Access and Learning Accommodations office to discuss their needs for accommodations.

Students reserve the right to request services at any time during the semester, however, instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from the Access and Learning Accommodations office has been provided.

For information, please contact the Access and Learning Accommodations office in a timely manner.

Statewide contact information: 
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Phone #: 254.867.3842

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Title IX

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If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or any other form of protected class discrimination, we encourage you to make a report. If you report to a faculty member, she or he must notify TSTC’s Title IX Coordinator about the incident. You may also make a confidential report to TSTC’s Counselors.

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Participation Policy (Attendance)
A student absent for more than 20% of the total class meetings (6 absences) will be issued a course grade of "F"When attendance roll is called at the beginning of class and you do not answer you will be considered absent.Treat this like a job!!

 

Grade Scheme
Category Description Category Value   
Online Content Participation 20%   
Assessment Label: Assessment Description Assessment Value
Online Content Participation 1:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 2:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 3:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 4:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 5:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 6:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 7:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 8:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 9:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 10:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 11:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 12:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 13:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Online Content Participation 14:Weekly Online Content Participation 1.43%
Category Description Category Value   
Quizzes 25%   
Assessment Label: Assessment Description Assessment Value
Quiz 1:This quiz assesses the students's knowledge of NFPA and NEC Codes and Control Panel Layout.5.00%
Quiz 2:This quiz asses the student's knowledge of wiring color codes, labeling, Shielded cable and shielding practices.5.00%
Quiz 3:This quiz assesses the student's knowledge of Wire gauges, types, insulation types, and component mounting, Labeling, and wire labeling.5.00%
Quiz 4:This quiz assesses the student's knowledge of Control Cabinet temperature management and wire management.5.00%
Quiz 5:This quiz assess the student's knowledge of control system connection devices and knowledge of both rigid and flexible conduit components.5.00%
Category Description Category Value   
Labs 25%   
Assessment Label: Assessment Description Assessment Value
Research Lab #1:Research Codes related to Machine Control Circuits3.13%
Research Lab #2:Research shielded cable as per Instructor Specs.3.13%
Research Lab #3:Research and create BOM for circuit supplied by Instructor.3.13%
Wiring Lab #1:PLC I/O Wiring.3.13%
Wiring Lab #2:PLC I/O Switchbox wiring.3.13%
Wiring Lab #3:Ethernet Cable Construction3.13%
Wiring Lab #4:Soldering/wire splicing3.13%
Conduit Lab:Bend and install the conduit and devices needed for the circuit to work properly.3.13%
Category Description Category Value   
Final Exam 15%   
Assessment Label: Assessment Description Assessment Value
Final Exam:This exam assesses the student's knowledge of everything previously covered in this course.15.00%
Category Description Category Value   
Mid-Term Exam 15%   
Assessment Label: Assessment Description Assessment Value
Mid-Term Exam:This exam assesses the student's knowledge of course material covered to this point.15.00%
Total Assessment Percent          100.00%
Total Category Percent 100.00%
A = 100-90 B = 89-80 C = 79-70 D = 69-60 F = 59-0


Description of Graded Elements of the Course
Assessment Label Assessment Description/Course outcomes met Assessment Value
in Percent
% of Final Grade
Online Content Participation 1Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO4
1.431.43%
Online Content Participation 2Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO4
1.431.43%
Wiring Lab #1PLC I/O Wiring.
Course outcomes met: CO2
3.133.13%
Research Lab #1Research Codes related to Machine Control Circuits
Course outcomes met: CO4
3.133.13%
Online Content Participation 3Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO1
1.431.43%
Quiz 1This quiz assesses the students's knowledge of NFPA and NEC Codes and Control Panel Layout.
Course outcomes met: CO4
5.005.00%
Wiring Lab #2PLC I/O Switchbox wiring.
Course outcomes met: CO2
3.133.13%
Online Content Participation 4Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO1
1.431.43%
Online Content Participation 5Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO3
1.431.43%
Quiz 2This quiz asses the student's knowledge of wiring color codes, labeling, Shielded cable and shielding practices.
Course outcomes met: CO1
5.005.00%
Research Lab #2Research shielded cable as per Instructor Specs.
Course outcomes met: CO1
3.133.13%
Online Content Participation 6Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO2
1.431.43%
Mid-Term ExamThis exam assesses the student's knowledge of course material covered to this point.
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO4
15.0015.00%
Wiring Lab #3Ethernet Cable Construction
Course outcomes met: CO1
3.133.13%
Online Content Participation 7Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO2
1.431.43%
Online Content Participation 8Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO2
1.431.43%
Quiz 3This quiz assesses the student's knowledge of Wire gauges, types, insulation types, and component mounting, Labeling, and wire labeling.
Course outcomes met: CO3
5.005.00%
Wiring Lab #4Soldering/wire splicing
Course outcomes met: CO3
3.133.13%
Online Content Participation 9Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO3
1.431.43%
Research Lab #3Research and create BOM for circuit supplied by Instructor.
Course outcomes met: CO3
3.133.13%
Online Content Participation 10Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO5
1.431.43%
Quiz 4This quiz assesses the student's knowledge of Control Cabinet temperature management and wire management.
Course outcomes met: CO5
5.005.00%
Online Content Participation 11Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO5
1.431.43%
Online Content Participation 12Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO3
1.431.43%
Quiz 5This quiz assess the student's knowledge of control system connection devices and knowledge of both rigid and flexible conduit components.
Course outcomes met: CO2
5.005.00%
Conduit LabBend and install the conduit and devices needed for the circuit to work properly.
Course outcomes met: CO2
3.133.13%
Online Content Participation 13Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO3
1.431.43%
Online Content Participation 14Weekly Online Content Participation
Course outcomes met: CO5
1.431.43%
Final ExamThis exam assesses the student's knowledge of everything previously covered in this course.
Course outcomes met: CO5
15.0015.00%
  100.00100.00%

 

Course Schedule
Unit/
Week
Unit Description/Objectives Assessment Label:Description Due Date
1Week # 1 : Syllabus and Class Rules
 
  • Discuss the importance of safety, Syllabus and Class Rules. Overview of Class Objectives.
Online Content Participation 1: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
2Week # 2 : NFPA 79 Code
 
  • Select topics of NFPA 79: Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery and NEC Article 409 which covers industrial control panels.
Online Content Participation 2: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
Wiring Lab #1: PLC I/O Wiring.TBA
3Week # 3 : NFPA 79 Code - Continued
 
  • Select topics of NFPA 79: Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery and NEC Article 409 which covers industrial control panels.-Continued
Research Lab #1: Research Codes related to Machine Control CircuitsBefore Next Class
Online Content Participation 3: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
4Week # 4 : Control Panel Layout
 
  • Control Panel Layout with temperature and voltage routing considerations.
Quiz 1: This quiz assesses the students's knowledge of NFPA and NEC Codes and Control Panel Layout.End of Class
Wiring Lab #2: PLC I/O Switchbox wiring.TBA
Online Content Participation 4: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
5Week # 5 : Control panel wiring color codes
 
  • Control panel wiring color codes and wire labeling.
Online Content Participation 5: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
6Week # 6 : Shielded cables
 
  • Shielded cables and Signal Shielding
Quiz 2: This quiz asses the student's knowledge of wiring color codes, labeling, Shielded cable and shielding practices.Before Next Class
Research Lab #2: Research shielded cable as per Instructor Specs.Before Next Class
Online Content Participation 6: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
7Week # 7 : Mid-Term Exam
 
  • Mid-Term Review
Mid-Term Exam: This exam assesses the student's knowledge of course material covered to this point.Before Next Class
Wiring Lab #3: Ethernet Cable ConstructionTBA
Online Content Participation 7: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
8Week # 8 : Wire gauges, types, and insulation
 
  • Wire gauges, wire types, wire insulation types.
Online Content Participation 8: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
9Week # 9 : Component Mounting and Labeling, and Wire Labeling.
 
  • Component Mounting, Component Labeling, and Wire Labeling.
Quiz 3: This quiz assesses the student's knowledge of Wire gauges, types, insulation types, and component mounting, Labeling, and wire labeling.Before Next Class
Wiring Lab #4: Soldering/wire splicingTBA
Online Content Participation 9: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
10Week # 10 : Control Cabinet Temperature management
 
  • Control Cabinet Temperature management – Heaters, AC Units, Venturi Coolers
Research Lab #3: Research and create BOM for circuit supplied by Instructor.Before Next Class
Online Content Participation 10: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
11Week # 11 : Wire Management
 
  • Wire Management – Wireway, Loom, Terminals, Distribution Block, Cable Ties
Quiz 4: This quiz assesses the student's knowledge of Control Cabinet temperature management and wire management.Before Next Class
Online Content Participation 11: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
12Week # 12 : Connectors
 
  • Connectors – Lug, spade, butt splice, Ferrules and Heat Shrink
Online Content Participation 12: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
13Week # 13 : Conduit
 
  • Conduit – Rigid and Flexible Conduit and fittings
Quiz 5: This quiz assess the student's knowledge of control system connection devices and knowledge of both rigid and flexible conduit components.Before Next Class
Conduit Lab: Bend and install the conduit and devices needed for the circuit to work properly.End of Class
Online Content Participation 13: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
14Week # 14 : Grounding techniques and Reading Schematics
 
  • Control System and Component Grounding techniques and
    Reading Control System Schematics
Online Content Participation 14: Weekly Online Content Participation TBA
15Final Exam
  
Final Exam: This exam assesses the student's knowledge of everything previously covered in this course.End of Class

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Texas State Technical College (TSTC) seeks to provide an environment that promotes equal opportunity free from discrimination andharassment.

If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or any other form of protected class discrimination,we encourage you to make a report. If you report to a faculty member, she or he must notify TSTC’s Title IX Coordinator about theincident. You may also make a confidential report to TSTC’s Counselors.

All students (including pregnant and parent students), regardless of their legal status are entitled to protections under TSTC’s policy.

For more information about Title IX or sexual misconduct, as well as your options, please visit https://www.tstc.edu/student_life/titleix.

For information about equal opportunity and civil rights policies, visit https://www.tstc.edu/governance/sos.

Special Needs

If you are a student with a disability and would like to request special accommodations, please notify the Counseling Office.  Requests should be made before the 12th class day to receive special accommodations for the present semester. Proper documentation of your disability will be required.  

Safety

All students in this course will comply with all general safety rules, which apply to the type of activity in progress in each class.  Violation of course safety rules can result in grade penalties and/or other appropriate disciplinary act

Course Policies:
In addition to developing problem solving skills for AC Circuits, this course will assist the student in building employability skills in attitude, listening, and critical thinking by requiring the student to:

  •  complete assignments correctly and on time.
  •  follow written and verbal instructions.
  •  exhibit a positive attitude regarding class work and schedule.
  •  exhibit professional principles regarding punctuality and attendance.
  •  use critical thinking skills to enhance productivity.               

These course policies will assist the student in acquiring these abilities.

 

  1. Make-up Work

You are responsible for arranging to make-up missed work with proper documentation.

  1. If you miss any Quizzes or Daily Labs it will be counted as a "0"!

  2. bQuizzes - No make-up for missed quizzes. No exceptions.
  3. Tests - No make-tests for missed tests.  Must be present to win!

  4. Late Work-  Some late work can be turned in with proper documentation

 

Special circumstances will be considered. Take-home quizzes will not be accepted late.

 

  1. Lab Sessions

 

  1. Supplies - Every time you come to lab you must bring the following supplies: lab book, textbook, DMM,calculator, and protoboard. Points will be deducted for failing to bring these supplies.

 

  1. Conduct - No food, no drink, no tobacco products, no horseplay. 

 

  1. Breaks - Breaks are allowed at your choosing on a limited basis. Be sure you will have time to complete the lab. Do not expect me to stay after class if you take frequent or long breaks.

 

  1. Equipment - Intentional abuse of equipment will not be tolerated. No equipment will be removed from lab. You must have a valid campus ID to check-out items from the stockroom.

 

  1. Lab Skills Evaluations - There are 2 Lab Skill Evaluations; one at midterm and one at the end of the semester. These will test performance of skills learned in lab. 

Statement

For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency

Resources
Textbooks & Publications:
ItemTitleAuthorPublisherEditionISBN
1Uglys Electric Motors & Controls, 2020 EditionCharles R. MillerJones & Bartlett Learning2020 Edition978-1-284-19455-5
2Uglys Electrical References, 2020 EditionCharles R. MillerJones & Bartlett Learning2020 Edition978-1-284-19453-1
Tools, Materials:
ItemResource Quantity
1Flat Blade Screwdriver 3/16" x 6"1
2Phillips Head Screwdriver #2 x 6"1
3Long Nose Cutting Pliers 8" x 5/16"1
4Diagonal Cutting Pliers 8"1
5Wire Strippers #12 wire1
6Pens (no red ink)2
7# 2 Pencils3
8Notebook Paper500 Sheets
9Digital Multimeter1
10Calulator1
11Safety Glasses1
12Terminal Crimping Pliers1
13Tool Bag1