WTTP 2311
Industrial Communications and SCADA Systems

1.1 Credits


This course gives the student an understanding of modern plant-wide control systems. These systems rely on merging technologies such as computers, Programmable Logic Controllers, operator interfaces, and micro processor based plant-floor devices together into a Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Delivery Method



Industry experience or completion of level three portion of the Water Treatment Technology program.


  • Describe SCADA concepts
  • List components of a SCADA system
  • Briefly explain the history of SCADA
  • Explain the timing requirements of SCADA systems
  • Understand the differences between local and remote control
  • Describe the different communication systems used in SCADA
  • Describe radio systems
  • Understand the functions of Remote Terminal Units (RTUs)
  • Understand how SCADA is applied to real world applications
  • Understand the different types of operator interfaces
  • Describe the difference between soft and hard Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
  • Describe the economic benefits of SCADA systems

Course Outline

  • Section 1: Introduction to SCADA
  • Section 2: The SCADA Scan Cycle
  • Section 3: Fundamentals of SCADA Communication
  • Section 4: Remote and Master Terminal Units
  • Section 5: Sensors, Actuators, and Wiring
  • Section 6: Operator Interface and the HMI
  • Section 7: SCADA Integration

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Boyer, Stuart A. SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. 4th edition. Research Triangle Park, NC. ISA: The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, 2010.
Type: ISBN: 978-1-936007-09-7

Additional Requirements

A computer with internet access.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


In order to complete this course successfully, you must obtain at least 50 per cent on the final mandatory examination and in the course overall.

Students taking this course and applying it towards a Certificate I, II, or III or Water Treatment Diploma must obtain a minimum 60% average in the course overall to meet program requirements.

The final assessment will be determined on the following basis.

Final Exam 100%