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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 3
Hours: 24 lecture, 51 laboratory per quarter (75 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Electrical Apprenticeship Program.
Advisory: Not open to student with credit in APRT 136.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will be able to demonstrate the use of Ohms Law in a DC circuit.
  • A successful student will be able to properly identify electrical symbols on a blueprint.


Introduction to D/C electrical theory and circuitry as it relates to residential installations; conductors used in electrical wiring. Course also introduces blueprint reading, including architectural and engineering symbols and scale.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Calculate values using Ohm's Law in D/C series, parallel and combination circuits.
B. Explain the differences and sizing of conductors used in D/C electric circuits.
C. Identify architectural and mechanical symbols on residential drawings.

Course Content

A. Ohm's Law & D/C theory
1. Series, parallel and combination circuits
2. Current
3. Voltage
4. Power
5. Ohm's Law
B. Differences of conductors
1. Copper sizing
2. Insulation properties
3. Aluminum sizing
C. Architectural and mechanical symbols
1. Plans and scales
2. Elevations and details
3. Section views
4. Ratios and proportions

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams on proper wiring and grounding of electrical systems. Safe working practices for on-the-job training include:
A. Equipment safety
B. Fire protection
C. Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
D. Safe handling practices

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Laboratory with electrical tools and equipment.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Results of written quizzes and average of six tests
B. Results of hands-on projects and homework
C. Results of class participation
D. Maintenance of a student's workbook with questions drawn from text

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Lab Assignments
C. Group Discussion
D. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Klein, Stan, and Jim Paladino. DC Theory. Upper Marlboro, MD: National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry, 2009.

Mullin, Ray. Electrical Wiring Residential. Albany, NY: Delmar/Thompson Learning, 2009.

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry. Mathematics Essential for NJATC Courses. 2nd ed. Upper Marlboro, MD: National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry, 2012.

National Fire Protection Association. National Electrical Code. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association Inc., 2014.

Although one or more of these texts may be older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources.

B. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information.

C. Laboratory Exercises and Demonstrations: Weekly lab exercises. Each lab exercise may include individual or group participation.