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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 reading blueprints, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and energy efficiency standards.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Scale a drawing accurately
B. Differentiate between extension lines and dimension lines
C. Describe the function of plans and elevations
D. Describe the function of sections and details
E. Describe the purpose of the LEED program
F. Identify the LEED certification levels
G. Describe the purpose of Title 24

Course Content

A. Introduction (Lec)
B. Blueprint Reading (Lec and Lab)
1. Site plans
2. Floor plans
3. Elevations
4. Sections
5. Schedules and specifications
6. Symbols
7. Scaling
C. LEED (Lec)
1. Credits
2. Certifications
3. Value
D. Title 24 (Lec)
1. Energy efficiency
2. California Energy Code
3. California Green Building Standards Code

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. Blueprint (Building drawings), architectural rulers.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

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

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

Method(s) of Instruction

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

A. Lecture
B. Group discussion
C. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Blueprint Reading for Electricians. 3rd ed. MD: National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, 2010.

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 assignment:

1. Read Blueprint Reading for Electricians pp. 88-98

B. Writing assignments:

1. Describe what floor plans are and how they are used by an electrical worker

2. In your own words, describe how sections are used. Include how looking at a section drawing would benefit an electrical worker



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