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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2022
Units: 4.5
Hours: 36 lecture, 66 laboratory per quarter (102 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanical Service Apprenticeship Program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student will be able to identify and apply building maintenance.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate basic mathematics as they apply to refrigeration and air conditioning.


First-year course of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of basic refrigeration, refrigeration equipment, and equipment maintenance.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic mathematics as they apply to refrigeration and air conditioning
  2. Discuss equipment maintenance

Course Content

  1. Basic refrigeration mathematics
    1. Calculating volume
    2. Calculating pressure
    3. Cubic feet per minute (CFM)
  2. Equipment maintenance
    1. Vocabulary and terms
    2. Safety-related to maintenance

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams with refrigeration tools and equipment in the lab, which includes:

  1. Refrigeration math
  2. Process for equipment maintenance in the field

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Laboratory with refrigeration equipment and simulators
2. Personal protective equipment, calculator
3. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Written examination
Hands-on demonstration
Chapter quizzes
Group and classroom participation

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices. HVAC and Refrigeration Systems. 2014.

Texts older than five years may be utilized in this course as industry-standard texts.

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

  1. Readings from the textbook
    1. The application of basic refrigeration math principles and concepts
    2. Designing a complete HVAC system
    3. Understanding electricity for plumbing and HVAC
  2. Writing assignments are related to the assignments given in the laboratory
    1. Prepare a maintenance procedure for equipment and simulators
    2. Refrigeration handbook exercises at the end of each chapter


Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating