House Bill 2504

Spring 2013 Course Syllabus

INTC-2336-01 - Distributed Control and Programmable Logic

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2013
InstructorAndress, William Jack
Phone(409) 984-6391
Business and Technology
Chair:Nancy Cammack
Phone:(409) 984-6378
Hours:Mon/Wed 3:55 - 4:00 Tue/Thur 9:30 - 12:30
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Course Information
Course Number10196
Course Description An overview of distributed control systems including configuration of programmable logic controllers, smart transmitters, and field communicators. Functions of digital systems in a process control environment.
Course Prerequisites CETT 1303
Required Textbooks Schoolcraft Vol. II ch 13-21
Attendance Policy 5 points will be deducted from the next test for failure to correctly circle your name on the attendance sheet at the beginning of class or to enter class more than 30 minutes late. 2 point will be deducted from the next test for each tardy being late less than 30 min. Early departure from class will be counted as an absence for the day and 5 points will be deducted from the next test. Missing five or more classes is grounds to be dropped from the class.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade There will be chapter exams, a comprehensive final exam, a combined lab quiz , homework grade and no makeup work. If a test is not taken, the current test average will be substituted only once. Home work must be completed each week; 20 points will be deducted each class day late. 5 points will be deducted from the next test for failure to correctly circle your name on the attendance sheet at the beginning of class or to enter class more than 30 minutes late. 2 point will be deducted from the next test for each tardy being late less than 30 min. Early departure from class will be counted as an absence for the day and 5 points will be deducted from the next test. The course grade will be the average of the homework, quiz, labs as one grade, the average chapter test as the second grade, and the Final exam as the third grade.
Final Exam Date May 7, 2013 - 1:00 PM
Major Assignments INTC 2336


Instructor Andress "The study of DCS systems and PLC's "

January 15 Introduction to the Class and coverage of chapter 13 with homework

January 17 Chapter 13 lecture / lab

January 22 Chapter 13 questions due

January 24 Chapter 13 Test

January 29 Lab day

January 31 Chapter 14 questions due

February 5 Chapter 14 lecture / lab

February 7 Chapter 14 Test

February 12 Chapter 15 questions due

February 14 Chapter 15 lecture / lab

February 19 Chapter 15 Test

February 21 Chapter 16 questions due

February 26 Chapter 16 lecture / lab

February 28 Chapter 16 lab day

March 5 Chapter 16 Test

March 7 lab day (quick review of 17 with key terms)



March 19 Chapter 18 Relay school practice

March 21 Chapter 18 questions due

March 26 Chapter 18 Test

March 28 Chapter 19 questions due

April 2 Chapter 19 lecture / lab

April 4 Chapter 19 lab day

April 9 Chapter 19 Test

April 11 Chapter 20 questions due

April 16 Chapter 20 lecture / lab

April 18 Chapter 20 practice test equipment

April 23 Chapter 20 practice test equipment

April 25 Chapter 20 Test

April 30 PLC training

May 2 Chapters review

May 7 Final Exam 1:00 PM

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Instrumentation

1. Identifies control panel indicators, calibration tools, electrical parts, and how they work.

2. Analyzes temperature and flow results to determine proper operating parameters of specific process computerized and electronic equipment.

3. Analyzes level and gas measurements to determine proper operating parameters of specific process and electrical equipment.

4. Demonstrates standard safety procedures as required in industry.

5. PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading

Course Student Learning Outcomes 1. Students should be able to identify equipment and tools of their trade.

2. Students should be able to recognize how to obtain proper process results from industrial equipment.

3. Students should be able to use analyzers to determine proper running parameters.

4. Students should be able to demonstrate proper safety procedures in the operation of industrial equipment.

5. Students should identify main ideas and vocabulary in reading
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    CELL PHONE POLICY - Please put cell phones out of sight during all class times. Cell Phone (texting, gaming, using, calling, taking photos or recording of any kind is prohibited in all classes). Using Cell Phones during class time is distracting to other paying students. I will take 2 points off the next test for each violation. If there are repeated violations you will be dismissed from class for that day and counted as absent.

    Drinks are allowed, Please no food.

Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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