Course Description

This course is 49 learning hours. It is recommended that students spend an average of 7 hours per week on this course.

The second course in the Certificate in Process Instrumentation and Control covers the implementation of control functions in the world of PIC. The course covers control loops, programmable electronic systems, alarm and trip systems, control centers and enclosures, and control valves.

Course Outline

Each week has a one-hour pre-recorded session with the instructor. There is a total of five hours of pre-recorded sessions in this course.

  • Week 1: Control Loops
  • Week 2: Programmable Electronic Systems
  • Week 3: Alarm and Trip Systems
  • Week 4: Control Centers and Enclosures
  • Week 5: Control Valves

What You Will Learn

  • Control loops including control modes, types, and tuning
  • Control room instrumentalization
  • How alarm and trip systems work
  • An overview of control centers and enclosures
  • How control valves work


By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Process Instrumentation and Control.

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of the minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

  • Engineering or technical personnel
  • Those who would like to learn about the field of PIC in a condensed time frame and from a practical point of view
  • Those who would like to communicate with PIC staff such as technical and supervisory personnel
  • Anyone interested in moving into the field of PIC

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Control Functions
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 01, 2022 to Mar 31, 2023
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,195.00
Reading List / Textbook
Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control
Author: N. E. Battikha
Edition: 4th
Publisher: ISA
ISBN: 9781945541384
Note: The instructor has requested you purchase the paper version, not the online version. Textbooks are available for online purchase directly from ISA (International Society of Automation) www.isa.org.
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