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Author(s):
Vogel-Heuser, Birgit; Obermeier, Martin; Braun, Steven; Sommer, Kerstin; Jobst, Fabian; Schweizer, Karin
Title:
Evaluation of a UML-Based Versus an IEC 61131-3-Based Software Engineering Approach for Teaching PLC Programming
Abstract:
"A field experiment investigated the evaluation, teaching, and application of two different approaches to automatic control in programmable logic controllers, in particular comparing the Unified Modeling Language (UML) to the classic procedural paradigm (IEC 61131-3). A total of 85 apprentices from a vocational school for production engineering with a specialization in mechatronics took part in the training and the experiment. This paper details the results of the training using both approaches,...    »
Journal title:
IEEE Transactions on Education
Year:
2012
Journal volume:
PP
Journal issue:
99
Covered by:
Web of Science; Scopus
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doi:http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6363495&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D6363495
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this explains the greater variance in modeling performance in the UML group than in the 61131/Function Block Diagram group. With respect to other findings, the paper concludes that special problem-solving skills and skills for abstract thinking should be taught when teaching UML-based modeling approaches."
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