Course detail

Industrial automation

FEKT-BPC-PPAAcad. year: 2021/2022

Overview of process instrumentation, standardized device interfaces, sensors and actuators. Overview of process control levels. Overview of industrial communications, industrial protocols and networks. Reliability, safety, and real-time systems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student is able to:
- divide and describe the function of automation devices in automation system,
- divide the process and control intrumentation devices and describe their properties,
- describe the servomechanism, stepper and other selected drives,
- apply the selected devices of process and control instrumentation including main types of drives,
- divide and characterize basic pneumatic and hydraulic instrumentation,
- describe process control levels (control level, SCADA, MES, ERP),
- design and implement basic industrial control applications and HMI systems,
- describe the standardized interfaces of process instrumentation,
- describe the ISO/OSI model,
- characterize the basic fieldbus and protocols,
- describe briefly ethernet and industrial ethernet, advantages and disadvantages,
- describe advantages and disadvantages of real-time operating systems,
- know the terms reliability, safety, and security.


Pass electrical qualification according to §4 of regulation 50/1978.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

LANDRYOVÁ, Lenka, PAVELEK, Martin. Návrh procesních systémů. Ostrava, 1996
ZEZULKA František, FIEDLER Petr, BRADÁČ Zdeněk. Prostředky průmyslové automatizace. Elektronické texty, Brno, 2004.
ZEZULKA František, HYNČICA Ondřej. Průmyslový Ethernet. Automa. 2007, 8. ISSN 1210-9592.
STENERSON, Jon. Industrial Automation and Process Control. Prentice Hall, 1 edition (September 27, 2002). ISBN-13: 978-0130330307.
BADIRU, Adedeji B. Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering. CRC Press, 2 edition (October 11, 2013). ISBN-13: 978-1466515048.
COLLINS, Kevin. PLC Programming for Industrial Automation. Exposure, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1846854965.
PATRICK, Dale R. and FARDO, Stephen W. Industrial Process Control Systems. The Fairmont Press, Inc., 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0881735925.
MACAULAY, Tyson and SINGER, Bryan L. Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems: SCADA, DCS, PLC, HMI, and SIS. Auerbach Publications, 1 edition (December 13, 2011). ISBN-13: 978-1439801963.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, practical laboratories and presentations of projects.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

40 points from laboratories
60 points from examination

For credit:
minimum 20 points from labs

For examination:
minimum 30 points from 60 accessable

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to industrial automation - overview of automation control system levels.
2. Process instrumentation - standardized symbols, overview of sensors and actuators.
3. Process instrumentation - motors and motion control (frequency inverter, servo).
4. Control instrumentation - PLC, DCS, IPC, industrial controllers, embedded systems.
5. Operator control level - SCADA/HMI.
6. MES and ERP systems, databases.
7. Industrial communication - buses and protocols. Industrial Ethernet.
8. Reliability, safety, security, and industrial standards.
9. Real-time operating systems.
10. Industrial robots and CNC.
11. Modern trends - magnetic motors, micro-motors, or pneumatic motors.

Laboratory training:
week 1. - Introduction to laboratory and projects.
week 2.-11. - Individual working-out of the projects.
week 12. - Presentation of the selected project.


The course is prepared to give the students a complete overview of the automation instrumentation - sensors and actuators, controllers, industrial communication protocols, SCADA and MES systems. Students should gain knowledge to describe or even design an industrial control system.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory, projects.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AMT Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer