Course detail

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controlles

FSI-VAMAcad. year: 2022/2023

The course introduces the student to area of basics of programmable logic controllers (PLC), which are today an integral part of industry and non-industry automation. After the theoretical introduction the course is based on practical laboratory exercises which are realized in the institute’s laboratory.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Studenti získají absolvováním předmětu základní znalosti s prací a implementací jednoduchých programovatelných automatů.


Students are expected to have knowledge of automatic control and programming.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Credit conditions: active participation in laboratory exercises. Design of configuration and program creation for four thematic tasks (logical control, process system control, actuator control, dynamic system control).

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


Students will acquire basic knowledge and implementation skill for using simple programmable logic controllers.

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

Attendance at lectures is recommended, attendance at seminars is required. It is at the teacher's discretion to decide how to make up for missed seminars.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Firemní dokumentace Siemens k LOGO! ( [online: 1.9.2019] (EN)

Recommended reading

Šmějkal, L., Martinásková, M.: PLC a automatizace - Základní pojmy, úvod do programování. Praha, BEN 1999. (CS)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-STR-P Bachelor's

    specialization AIŘ , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

  • Programme CŽV Lifelong learning

    branch CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Programmable logic controllers introduction (Siemens LOGO! class).
2. Programmable logic controllers peripherals (Siemens LOGO! class).
3. Combinational logic circuits
4. Sequential logic circuits I.
5. Sequential logic circuits II.
6. Electric parameters of logic circuits I.
7. Electric parameters of logic circuits II.
8. Elements of logical control and logic circuits simulation I.
9. Elements of logical control and logic circuits simulation II.
10. Data communication and industry standards.
11. Data communication and Cybersecurity.
12. Web services for industry applications.
13. Visions of future.

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Exercises are conducted in laboratories in blocks with following structure: Block A: control of technological unit (building, greenhouse, traffic crossing, machine travel). Block B: temperature control and remote administration. Block C: control of small assembly line.