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A New Course In Programmable Logic Controllers: A Project Based Approach

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.68.1 - 6.68.11



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Tim Coppinger

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Ray Bachnak

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Group projects provide a means to teach students many of the skills they need to succeed after graduation. In fall semester 2000, we developed and taught a course in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) by employing a project-based approach using an “out-of-the-box” integrated PLC. A major goal of the project is to prepare students to apply effective problem solving techniques by addressing a reasonably complex real world problem. This paper describes the laboratory environment, discusses the project guidelines, and presents the projects implemented in fall 2000. The paper also analyzes the project-based approach and concludes that the project is an essential component of a comprehensive learning experience when teaching PLCs.

Coppinger, T., & Bachnak, R. (2001, June), A New Course In Programmable Logic Controllers: A Project Based Approach Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9603

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