Academic Catalog

APPR 183A: BASIC ELECTRICITY FOR SHEET METAL & AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4.5
Hours: 30 lecture, 78 laboratory per quarter (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Sheet Metal-Air Conditioning Service Mechanic Program.
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 Describe the difference between AC and DC electrical current.
  • A successful student will be able to explain and safely measure voltage, amperage and ohms.

Description

Development of basic skills necessary for sheet metal workers to service air conditioning equipment with special emphasis on the basics of electricity and refrigeration principles.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate basic skills for productivity in sheet metal air conditioning service work.
B. Describe the difference between A.C. and D.C. electrical current.
C. Explain basic refrigeration concepts and uses of refrigeration gauges.

Course Content

A. Demonstrate basic skills for productivity in sheet metal air conditioning service work
1. Use safe work practices, including site survey for hazards, electrical lock out if needed, communication with customer and/or co-workers, and other practices
2. Identify the technician's role and purpose for the work assignment
3. Consider safety, reducing travel, conserving materials, time required and other options to work efficiently
4. Communicate delays and tasks completed
B. Describe the difference between A.C. and D.C. electrical current
1. Definition of electricity and its relationship to the atom
2. Explanation of voltage, volts, amps and ohms
3. Understanding the difference between A.C. and D.C. current
4. Safety with electricity
C. Explain basic refrigeration concepts and uses of refrigeration gauges
1. Basic refrigeration concepts
2. Handling refrigeration materials
3. Reading refrigeration gauges

Lab Content

A. Hands-on manipulation and testing of basic electrical circuits
B. Practice of basic HVAC maintenance evaluations
C. Observation of refrigerant gages
D. Use of refrigerant capture equipment

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Laboratory equipped with air conditioning equipment.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Results of written quizzes and tests, and comprehensive written final examination
B. Shop participation
C. Assignments that may include outside readings, reports and worksheets
D. Maintenance of a workbook of student's daily work activities

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Laboratory
D. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Whitman, B., B. Johnson, J. Tomczyk, and E. Silberstein. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology. 6th ed. Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2009.



NOTE: This is the standard Sheet Metal textbook/workbook used for this course. Although it may not be within 5 years of the required published date, it is the most current book used when teaching this course.



International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry. Service Work Lab Manual. IDI Multimedia, 2008.

 

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

A. An example of a reading assignment is to read Unit 5, "Tools and Equipment," in the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology text.

B. An example of a written assignment is to complete the review questions in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology text, at the end of Unit 12, regarding basic electricity and magnetism.

 

Discipline(s)

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating