MECT07023 2017 Control Principles for Data Centres

General Details

Full Title
Control Principles for Data Centres
Transcript Title
Control Principles
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Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Patrick Kennedy
Programme Membership
SG_EDATA_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Data Centre Facilities Engineering

Control Principles module aims to introduce the learner to the technology required to design and build a control system for data centers. It will also cover areas regarding the communication of sensor outputs over networks and how to extract the data from the sensors via programming and other technologies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


(KB,CC,CR) Demonstrate a good knowledge of bus protocols such as Profi-Bus, Profi-Net, Modbus TRU, RS232, HART, CAN.


(KB,CC,CR,KH&SS) Define common electrical units, describe electrical terms, laws and relationships.


(KB,CC) Describe the electrical characteristics, and applications of PN junction diodes, LEDs and transistors, with loadlines.


(KB,CC,KH&SS) Describe the principles of operation, construction, characteristics, and use of a selection of components, including common sensors and actuators.


(KB,CC,KH&SR,KH&SS,CR) Demonstrate the use of key technologies such as C, LabView, PLC, HMI used in the design of control systems.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This content will be delivered online through lectures as well as lab that the students will attend

Module Assessment Strategies

The student will be assessed on a combination of events Final exam as well as labs and CA

Repeat Assessments

Learner will have the option to repeat the final exam but not labs

Indicative Syllabus


  • Common electrical units, describe electrical terms, laws and relationships.
  • Calculations of component values and electrical quantities e.g. current, voltage, power, energy.
  • Electrical characteristics, and applications, of PN junction diodes, LEDs, and transistors.
  • Principle of operation, construction, characteristics and use of a selection of components, including common sensors and actuators.
  • Measurement and control systems, explain associated terminology, and perform calculations on actual systems.
  • Control Technologies used (LabView, C programme etc.)
  • Logic gates
  • Sequential function chart
  • PLC programming and practice
  • Automation: feedback loops overview
  •  HMI development
  • Instruments and sensors calibration
  • Understand the function of a bus protocol.
  • Alternating pulse modulation.
  • Understanding of how the microprocessor computes data.
  • OSI Model and TCP/IP stack overview
  • Different protocols: Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP, RS232, HART, CAN, Profibus, Profinet
  • Working knowledge of High Voltage Communication Protocols: DNP3 and IEC61850
  • Communication troubleshooting (lab element)
  • OPC
  • Switches, Routers, and Firewalls
  • Ring vs radial (redundancy basics)



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Lab Work Practical Written Report 20 % OnGoing 1,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2007-08-15 Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology Taylor and Francis
ISBN 0750685565 ISBN-13 9780750685566

In this book John Bird introduces electrical principles and technology through examples rather than theory - enabling students to develop a sound understanding of the principles needed by technicians in fields such as electrical engineering, electronics and telecommunications. No previous background in engineering is assumed, making this an ideal text for vocational courses at Level 2 and 3, foundation degree and introductory courses for undergraduates.

The book presents a logical topic progression rather than following the structure of a particular syllabus. However, the coverage of this new edition has been brought fully in line with the electrical and electronics units of the 2007 BTEC National specification. It is also designed to cover the requirements of the BTEC First specifications.

New material in this third edition includes brand new chapters on semiconductor diodes and transistors as well as added sections on batteries, fuel cells and alternative and renewable energies, relative and absolute voltages, self and mutual inductance, and virtual test and measuring instruments.

Support material for tutors is available as a free download via the Instructor Manual section on

  • Instructor's manual with full solutions and suggested marking scheme for all 7 revision tests in the book

  • Solutions manual with worked solutions for about 400 of the further problems in the book

  • Electronic files for all illustrations in the book

* New colour layout helps navigation and highlights key learning points, formulae and exercises
* 400 worked problems and over 1,300 questions, all with answers
* Fully up to date with the 2007 BTEC National specification
* Free lecturer support material available via

Recommended Reading
2009-10-01 C: International Version: How to Program Pearson Education
ISBN 0137059663 ISBN-13 9780137059669

Engineering Problem Solving II textbook.

Recommended Reading
1997-08-01 Practical C Programming: Why Does 2+2 = 5986? (Nutshell Handbooks) O'Reilly Media

There are lots of introductory C books, but this is the first one that has the no-nonsense, practical approach that has made Nutshell Handbooks famous.C programming is more than just getting the syntax right. Style and debugging also play a tremendous part in creating programs that run well and are easy to maintain. This book teaches you not only the mechanics of programming, but also describes how to create programs that are easy to read, debug, and update.Practical rules are stressed. For example, there are fifteen precedence rules in C (&& comes before || comes before ?:). The practical programmer reduces these to two:

  • Multiplication and division come before addition and subtraction.
Contrary to popular belief, most programmers do not spend most of their time creating code. Most of their time is spent modifying someone else's code. This books shows you how to avoid the all-too-common obfuscated uses of C (and also to recognize these uses when you encounter them in existing programs) and thereby to leave code that the programmer responsible for maintenance does not have to struggle with. Electronic Archaeology, the art of going through someone else's code, is described.This third edition introduces popular Integrated Development Environments on Windows systems, as well as UNIX programming utilities, and features a large statistics-generating program to pull together the concepts and features in the language.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Industrial Data Networks by Mackay, Wright, Park, Reynders. Published by Newnes ISBN 075065807X Check out for availability.

Bird, John, Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology Newnes 2004


Practical C Programming: 3rd Edition by Steve Oualline


Other Resources


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