APPT 152: RF 102 BASIC ELECTRICITY & REFRIGERATION
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2023|
|Hours:||72 lecture, 36 laboratory per quarter (108 total per quarter)|
|Prerequisite:||Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology Apprenticeship Program.|
|Advisory:||Not open to students with credit in APPR 132.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- A student will be able to differentiate between series and parallel circuits.
- A student will be able to define Ohm's Law.
- A student will be able to describe fundamentals of the vapor compression cycle.
The student will be able to:
- Describe basic electrical fundamentals, including Ohm's Law and basic circuit types
- List and explain the function of various electrical devices and components
- Demonstrate the proper use of meters and simple components
- Apply the fundamentals of physics and the vapor compression cycle
- Fundamentals of electricity
- Atomic theory
- Ohm's Law
- Power distribution
- Electrical safety
- Effects of human contact with electricity
- Lock-out/tag-out procedures
- Measuring instruments
- Digital and analog types
- Electrical circuits
- Capacitive, inductive, and resistive loads
- Series, parallel, and compound circuits
- Fuses, breakers, and conductors
- Electrical motor types
- Motor starters
- Overload protection
- Motor troubleshooting
- Electrical devices
- Solenoid valves
- Switches and thermostats
- Wiring diagrams
- Heating and cooling circuits
- Heat pump circuits and controls
- Electrical troubleshooting techniques
- Troubleshooting approach
- Diagnosing and isolating faults
- Troubleshooting exercises
- Science and math
- States of matter
- Pressure-temperature relationships
- Areas and volume
- Applied formulas
- Refrigeration theory
- Refrigeration methods
- Application of the vapor compression cycle
Students will work individually and in teams on electrical troubleshooting projects.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
2. Laboratory with HVACR service tools
3. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address
Method(s) of Evaluation
Results of written quizzes and final examination
Satisfactory completion of hands-on projects
Maintenance of a student's workbook with questions drawn from text
Method(s) of Instruction
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Carrier Corporation. General Training Air Conditioning (Fundamentals) GTAC-I, Modules 1-4. 1993.
Carrier Corporation. General Training Electricity (Fundamentals) GTE-II, Modules 1-9. 1993.
International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee. Basic Electricity. 2015.
Auvil, Ronnie J.. HVAC and Refrigeration Systems Training Manual. 2014.
Although these textbooks are older than 5 years, they conform to national training standards and are considered seminal works in the discipline. We will adopt the next edition of each text, as it is published.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
- Readings from textbook General Training Air Conditioning: Module 3
- Lesson 2, Mechanical Refrigeration Components
- Writing assignments given in the laboratory
- Make a schematic drawing of a basic refrigeration system with components
- Describe the refrigerant properties at each point in the system