Knowledge and understanding: by means of frontal lectures, the student will acquire the knowledge necessary to describe the methods and devices for industrial control and automation and to understand the design, implementation and validation criteria. The student will also learn the main structures and operating principles of automatic machines and of the main subsystems that allow automated operation, in addition to the techniques for the design of drives and control systems.
Applying knowledge and understanding: through practical exercises, the student will learn how to apply the acquired knowledge in a real design context. The students will be involved, in groups, in a year’s project that will allow them to extend and apply, through practical activities on a reduced scale, the theoretically acquired knowledge related to the design and construction of an automated system.
Making judgments: the student will be able to understand, and critically evaluate, the main automation systems and the adequacy of the design solutions for the realization of a specific production cycle. In particular, the student will be able to choose the most appropriate automation system and the most suitable hardware devices for the specific case, evaluating their performance and robustness.
Communication skills: through the lectures and the year’s project, the student will acquire specific vocabulary concerning industrial automation. It is expected that, at the end of the course, the student will be able to communicate, in oral and written form, the main contents of the course, e.g. ideas, engineering problems and related solutions. The student will be able to communicate his/her knowledge adequately and to understand and use common tools, such as tables, plant schemes, flow charts, numerical spreadsheets, control schemes, hardware and software solutions.
Learning skills: the student who has attended the course will be able to enhance his/her knowledge through the autonomous consultation of specialized texts, scientific or popular magazines, technical catalogs, etc., in order to deal with more complicated problems and be prepared for his/her chosen career or further specific training courses in the same field.