Course detail

Information and Control Systems in Power Engineering

FEKT-MIRSAcad. year: 2015/2016

The course deals with the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the energy sector. Emphasis is placed on basic concepts of information systems, communications equipment, data transmission networks, secure communication, encryption methods. They will learn the elements of modern computer networks, the most common network services, industrial networks and industrial interfaces. For more information about the content of the IS architecture client-server, database systems, control systems in nuclear power plant, where students learn a general overview of the systems and their interconnection, deployment and use of control systems. Are discussed further technology SCADA systems, data visualization methods, types and representatives of logic programmable controllers, industrial control systems, measurement and actuators, parameterization tools and programming of control systems. If possible, external speakers, students are occasionally introduced to real systems and their use in planning and evaluating the management of en. resources through the eSADA or. in the presentation of the information system for monitoring TechMon maintenance of technical equipment.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Graduate of this course is able to:
- Describe the basic structure and the types of information systems
- Explain the most common abbreviations used in industrial automation
- Describe network protocols and their use
- Explain the principles of data protection, name the most common encryption algorithms
- Name the main parts of control systems
- Explain the concept of control system redundancy
- Programme a simple application to industrial PLC system
- Propose a visualization scheme for the SCADA system.


The student who select the subject should be able to explain the basic laws of electric circuits, should have knowledge of basic electrical quantities measurement using electrical sensors and their digitization. In addition, the student should use the english language at the intermediate level. General knowledge is required at the level of bachelor's degree, but it is advisable for students to have a deeper knowledge of computer technology, the basics of programming.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Vlasák, R., Bulíčková, S.: Základy projektování informačních systémů. Praha : Karolinum, 2003. ISBN 80-246-0727- 1
Vlach, J.: Řízení a vizualizace technologických procesů, Nakladatelství BEN – technická literatura, Praha 1999, ISBN 80-86056-66-X

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, practical computer laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

up to 40 points per laboratory exercises (student obtains points for each task, in job training, homework)
up to 60 points for the final exam, which is focused on an overview of issues. The exam is form of a test on a computer with an oral supplement in the event of deficiencies.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. The use of ICT in the energy sector, a general overview.
2. Communication technologies, networks and data transfer.
3. Secure of communication, encryption methods, digital sign.
4. Modern computer networks, network services, ISO-OSI model
5. Industrial networks and interfaces.
6. General conception of information system, client-server architecture
7. Database systems, SQL language basics
8. Control systems on Temelin power plant, overview, utilization of control systems
9. SCADA systems, data visualisation, common systems overview
10. Logic programmable automats, industrial control systems, measuring and actor systems
11. Parametric tools and control systems programming
12. Presentation of real systems (system eSada for planning and energetics management, System TechMon, maintenance monitoring of technical devices)


The aim of the course is to provide students with information from the field of information and communication technologies that are used today in power, eg in power plants, heating plants, substations, control room, cogeneration, etc.
In this course students learn the basic principles of information and control systems, the most commonly used topologies and applications implemented in power plants or dispatch centers. substations. Use of computer technology, modern means of communication in the energy sector is an inevitable process of modernization of existing power facilities and is commonplace in new equipment. Students should have an idea to what extent and on what principles these systems work in practice. Students will learn about modern approaches to management of complex energy systems and will be able to work with simple control systems that learn to program themselves.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory teaching of the course is compulsory, properly excused absences can be arranged with the teacher, usually replace to last week or the following week, unless the teaching is divided into multiple groups.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-EEN , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-M Master's

    branch M-EEN , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer