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Systems and Automation

Code: EEC0136     Acronym: SA

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Automation, Control & Manufacturing Syst.

Instance: 2011/2012 - 2S

Active? Yes
E-learning page: http://moodle.fe.up.pt/
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Electrical and Computers Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEEC 272 Syllabus (Transition) since 2010/2011 2 - 6 63 162
Syllabus 2 - 6 63 162

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 2,00
Laboratories: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 2 4,00
Armando Jorge Miranda de Sousa 4,00
Laboratories Totals 10 20,00
Luis Miguel Pinho de Almeida 4,00
Mário Jorge Rodrigues de Sousa 4,00
Armando Jorge Miranda de Sousa 2,00
João Paulo Filipe de Sousa 6,00
Aníbal Castilho Coimbra de Matos 4,00

Teaching language



- Get to know application domains of Automation Systems
- Understand Discrete Event Automation Systems
- Know methodologies for design of such systems
- Know underlying Automation Technologies
- Be able to design and implement Automation Systems of low to medium complexity

At the end of the Curricular Unit, the student should:
- Build and Interpret models - Finit State Machines, Grafceta and Petri Nets
- Implement State Machines in Micro-Controllers and Programmable Logic Controllers
- Use Grafcet/ST to control Automatic Systems of low to medium complexity
- Understand a given "Specifications Contract" that coudl have been given by a customer
- Design and implement an Event Driven Automatic Control System, for problems of medium complexity


* Introduction to Automation Systems:
- Main Application Domains
- Case Studies
- Systems types: discrete event vs. continuous time

* Methods for analysis and design of Discrete event systems in the scope of Automation Systems
- State Machines: Notion. Moore and Mealy. Extensions and application examples
- Grafcet: Fundamental issues (Stage, Transition, Condition, Action, Evolution). Study of classic problems: concurrency, synchronization, resource sharing and hierarchy). Advanced Notions (macro-actions and macro-Steps). Implementation - synchronous and asynchronous
- Petri Nets: Notion. Differences and modelling power. Introduction to extensions.

* Technologies:
Principles of operation and applications spectrum of:
- Detectors:
- Actuators - electromechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic
- Controllers: Architecture, programming and interfaces

Teaching methods and learning activities

1. Theoretical classes include active lectures, case studies and exercises
2. Practical Classes are mostly lab




Technological sciences > Engineering > Control engineering > Automation
Technological sciences > Engineering > Project engineering

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Description Type Time (hours) Weight (%) End date
Attendance (estimated) Participação presencial 54,00
Preparation for Lab Work Trabalho escrito 60,00
Preparation for Mid Term 2 Exame 22,00
MidTerm 1 Exame 2,00 2012-04-11
MidTerm 2 Exame 2,00 2012-06-04
Total: - 0,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Description Type Time (hours) End date
Preparation for Mid Term 1 Estudo autónomo 20
Total: 20,00

Eligibility for exams

- General Presence Rules of FEUP

Calculation formula of final grade

Out of 20 values:
- Laboratory component: 6
- Written: two midterms (6+8)
- Min of 30% in each component (lab and each midterm)
- Where difference of grading components is larger than 4 out of 20, the highest shall be adjusted so that maximum difference is 4
- Solely for improving grade, works of the Theoretical classes can add up to: 1

Examinations or Special Assignments

Lab component is mandatory

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

* Full Lab + written exam

Classification improvement

* Full lab + written exam


Justification of missed classes to be turned in to the lab professor
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