Course detail

Industrial automation

FEKT-BPC-PPAAcad. year: 2023/2024

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. Overview of the modern methods and technologies for industrial automation.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

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

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

40 points from laboratories
60 points from examination

For points from laboratories:
submit protocols from laboritories (6 tasks with maximum 4 points per task) in time
submit the project protocol in time (maximum 16 points)

For credit:
minimum 20 points from labs overall
and submit all protocols from all laboritories (6 tasks)
and submit the project gaining minimum 8 out of 16 points

For examination:
minimum 25 points from 60 accessable
and good answer to all question from the list of the minimal knowledge (penzum)
Laboratory, projects.


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. Students should gain knowledge to know about modern methods and technologies for industrial automation.
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,
- know the modern methods of the indutrial automation.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Basic literature

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.

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

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

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction
2. Sensors
3. Engines
4. Pneumatics + electrical diagrams
5. Communication networks
6. Controls - overview
7. Control devices - programming
8. Human-machine interface, project workshop
9. Management at a higher level
10. Safety in Industry
11. Modern methods in industry
12. Real Time Systems
13. Summary 

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1st week - Introduction
2nd - 7th week - Laboratory tasks
8th - 13th week - Individual project