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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0.5
Hours: 6 lecture, 3 laboratory per quarter (9 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Completion of recognized sound and communication apprenticeship or equivalent and recent employment as an installer/technician in the sound and communication industry.
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


Covers the categories, components, credentials, types of locks, wiring and installation of access control systems.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Explain the purpose of access control
B. Identify the components of an electronic access control system
C. Describe different types of credential readers and their applications
D. Describe different types of credentials and their advantages and disadvantages
E. Define terms such as: credentials, authentication and verified
F. Describe the common types of electronic and electromagnetic locks

Course Content

A. Introduction (Lec)
1. What is an access control system?
B. Categories (Lec)
1. What you have
2. What you know
3. What you are
C. Components (Lec)
1. Server/computer
2. Control panel
3. Readers
4. Electric locks
5. Door switches
6. Request to exit
D. Server Configuration (Lec)
1. Central
2. Distributed
E. Credentials (Lec)
1. Keypads
2. Cards
3. Biometrics
F. Electric Locks (Lec)
1. Magnetic
2. Electric strike
3. Electric lockset
4. Electric dead bolt
G. Control Panel (Lec)
1. Intro to VistaKey for hands-on lab
H. Access Control Hands-on Lab (Lab)

Lab Content

A. Work individually and in teams with basic tools of the trade, test instruments and tool safety.
B. Included will be the installation of sound and/or communication devices.
C. Equipment safety and safe handling practices are reviewed and applied.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Access control cabling and equipment for hands-on lab.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Results of assessments
B. Results of quizzes and tests
C. Discussion participation

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Group discussion
C. Demonstration
D. Lab

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Norman, Thomas L. Electronic Access Control. Cambridge, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann Publishers, 2017.

NOTE: This is the standard Sound & Communications 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. We will adopt the next edition, as it is published.


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

A. Reading assignments:

1. Read Electronic Access Control pg. 49: "Electrified Locks"

2. Read Electronic Access Control pp. 101-103

B. Writing assignments:

1. In your own words, describe the two basic types of electrified locks from a safety standpoint. Include examples of where you would use each type

2. After reading Electronic Access Control pp. 101-103 regarding Security vs. Life Safety, summarize in your own words the importance of understanding the building codes/standards as an installer



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