Course detail

Industrial Automation

FEKT-BPA-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.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

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 credit:
minimum 20 points from labs

For examination:
minimum 30 points from 60 accessable
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

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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 BPA-ELE Bachelor's

    specialization BPA-PSA , 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. 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. Process instrumentation - pneumatic components (valve, cylinder).
5. Control instrumentation - PLC, DCS, IPC, industrial controllers, embedded systems.
6. Operator control level - SCADA/HMI.
7. MES and ERP systems, databases.
8. Industrial communication - buses and protocols. Industrial Ethernet.
9. Reliability, safety, security, and industrial standards.
10. Real-time operating systems.
11. Modern trends - digitization, Industry 4.0.
12. Summary 

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. week – individual project assignment
2. – 13. week – individual project