Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 06.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Sirkka-Liisa Jämsä-Jounela

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Yared Tadesse ( and Jukka Kortela (

PUU 1 building Vuorimiehentie 1, Room 122

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course, the student

*Understands the structure and requirements for current plant-wide automation systems;

*Is able to configure a small DCS system for lab unit processes using ABB 800xA system and information systems environment;

*Knows the basics in process automation programming languages;

*Understands the benefits, limitations and properties of industrial field buses and can apply this knowledge in the automation system design;

*Understands the meaning of process system interfaces (OPC UA, ODBC).

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Operation of current plant-wide distributed control system (DCS) and information systems, PLC programming languages (IEC 61131-3), structure and operation of Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus and Profinet field buses. Design of user interfaces (HMI): events, alarms and trends. History data collection from processes, reporting, software interfaces in process automation (OPC UA, ODBC) and future development of field buses (Ethernet, WLAN, 5G).

Basics in PLC programming and C# programming, configuration and deployment of traditional I/O, field buses, and information systems.

Wireless measurements, Cyber physical systems, Cloud Computing environments, 5G and their roles in the future process automation and information systems

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Updated Course content for 07.01.2020 – 06.04.2020
This is an introductory course on the components and basic operations of a process control system. The objective of the course is to give the student basic understanding of equipment in the plant floor that generate and transport process data; as well as to introduce the hardware, software, and operation of a process control system. More recent topics, such as cloud computing will also be discussed briefly. Content will include:

  • Introduction to process control field devices: sensors and actuators
  • Introduction to control components of a process control system: controllers (PLCs, DCS), PLC programming, SCADA and Historian
  • Introduction to network components of a process control system: Fieldbus, Control bus, Ethernet, OPC and OPC UA
  • Hands-on DCS application: control and automation of a laboratory-scale process plant using the ABB System 800xA
  • Introduction to Industrial Edge and Cloud: hardware, service platforms, and data analytics
Note: Course content might change during the course. Students will be promptly informed of any updates.

    Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

    Lectures, project work and exam. Exam 50 % of the grade, project work 50 %.

    Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

    5 cr = 135 h

    Lectures 20 h

    Project work 111 h

    Exam 4 h

    Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

    50% project work

    50% exam

    Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


    Lecture notes

    Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

    Lectures PDF

    Exercises PDF

    Automation manufacturer brochures PDF

    Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

    CHEM-E7205 Process Automation and Information Systems: Applications

    Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


    Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

    Fail, 1 - 5

    Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



    Registration and further information