This week while working on my online course, I have been adding details to my course outline to help me prepare and organize my ideas to ensure successful implementation when complete. I have also started adding resources and materials to my actual course so I can see how things look and feel and make sure everything flows smoothly for the user at the end of my design process. Below is my detailed course outline. I have decided to change the original five “weeks” to five “modules”. Each Module will be broken down into sections and include material covered over three weeks. This will be more work on me for right now, but it will fit into my regular 16 week semester schedule much better once completed! I have detailed how the modules will be broken into weeks inside each Module Overview inside my Schoology course.

Course Outline:

  • Module One: Weeks 1-3
    • Goal-
      • Learners will discover principles and fundamentals of PLCs. Learners will analyze how these components will become the foundational base of programming to solve field-based problems.
    • Learning Activities-
      • Research and review images, videos, and other online resources on PLC parts and components from various manufacturers.
        • I will provide PowerPoint presentations from the textbook publisher to help students learn the differences between PLC parts, manufacturers, and software
        • I will provide students with various resources including images and videos discussing PLC parts, manufacturers, and software
        • Students will be asked to find and share additional resources with classmates
  • Review wiring diagrams and schematics from previous classes, and redesign them as PLC ladder logic programs
        • Students will be required to use wiring diagrams and schematics from previous classes as a baseline for designing PLC programs
        • Students will reflect on the similarities and the differences between PLC programs versus hardwired diagrams
  • Discuss and compare when to use the different PLC instruction types and logic forms.
        • I will provide PowerPoint presentations from the textbook publisher to help students review the differences between PLC programming instructions
  • Assessment-
    • Initial Blog Post
        • Students will create an initial blog post detailing their expectations of this course, specific topics they are interested in, information they want to learn, and any questions they have in the beginning
  • Design the base structure for the Automation Solution Program.
        • Students will demonstrate knowledge of various PLC instructions and programming software by designing,  programming, sharing, and running the base for their Automation Solution Program.
  • Module Two: Weeks 4-6
    • Goal-
      • Learners will analyze and evaluate the impact of efficient troubleshooting skills.
    • Learning Activities-
      • Collaborate with classmates as they troubleshoot various PLC programs.
        • I will provide students links to various programs in which they will troubleshoot the programs and identify the problem(s)
  • Discuss automation techniques, solutions, and challenges.
        • Students will research and discuss their findings as well as their conclusions from the troubleshooting exercise
  • Assessment-
    • Locate, view, and correct errors within the base of the Automation Solution Program.
        • Students will correct the errors they found within the given PLC programs
  • Reflective Blog Post
        • Students will reflect on troubleshooting techniques and best practices along with their experience troubleshooting and correcting a PLC program with an intentional error placed within
  • Module Three: Weeks 7-9
    • Goal-
      • Learners will illustrate how their knowledge of PLCs combined with prior learning experiences will benefit their future field work and inspire automation integration.
    • Learning Activities-
      • Research, review, and discuss the top field-preferred PLC manufacturers.
        • Students will create a graphic tool displaying the comparison of different programming software available for each manufacturer and share it with their classmates
  • Discuss how the fundamental knowledge of PLCs builds and expounds on prior learnings, and will continue to impact future work experience.
        • Students will collaborate on various ways information learned in previous courses has helped them understand the material we are covering in the PLC course
  • Assessment-
    • Incorporate logical circuits from various systems into the Automation Solution Program.
        • Students will program the previously converted logical circuits from Week 1 into their Automation Solution Program
  • Reflective Blog Post
        • Students will create a reflective blog post sharing their thoughts and ideas of how the material we are practicing in this class relates to, and builds upon information, techniques, and practices from previous classes, as well as how this new knowledge will impact future employment opportunities
  • Module Four: Weeks 10-12
    • Goal-
      • Learners evaluate the beneficial impact their creative PLC programming will have in the automation industry.
    • Learning Activities-
      • Review and discuss complex PLC instructions such as timers and counters, then join groups to practice designing and developing advanced programs to automate processes efficiently.
        • I will provide PowerPoint presentations from the textbook publisher to introduce students to complex PLC instructions such as timers and counters
        • Students will form groups of three to collaborate and help each other program advanced PLC functions
  • Review learning experiences completed to this point within the class, and discuss what we have, and have not completed that students want to learn more about.
        • Students will reread their initial blog post detailing their expectations of the course and identify what we have and have not covered, as well as any topics they want to learn more about
  • Assessment-
    • Collaboratively design and include complex PLC functions into the Automation Solution Program.
        • Students will work with their group partners to incorporate the advanced PLC instructions into their Automation Solution Programs
  • Blog Post comparing original class reflection to current reflection.
        • Students reread their initial blog post and create a new blog post comparing their original course expectations to what they have actually learned and how they feel about using the material in the field
  • Module Five: Weeks 13-15
    • Goal-
      • Learners will locate and evaluate outside resources to enhance in-class learning as well as continue future learning.
    • Learning Activities-
      • Research and discuss several outside resources, simulation programs, PLC videos, forums, or PLC programming tutorials that will help enhance student learning.
        • I will provide a link to a trusted PLC forum for current field personnel and manufacturer representatives
        • Students will research and share any valuable resources with their classmates and discuss why and how they feel they are valuable
  • Finalize Automation Solution Program.
        • Students will review the Automation Solution Program requirement details and make any final adjustments, corrections, or enhancements to their program.
        • Students will share their final program with their group members to gain helpful insight and advice from classmates before final review by the entire class
  • Learning Activities-
  • Present Automation Solution Program to the class, as a team, for a shared-lessons learned.
  • Final Reflective Blog Post
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