Introduction to Air Conditioning

I.     Course Prefix/Number: AHR 101

       Course Name: Introduction to Air Conditioning

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course presents theory, demonstrations and lab experiences in area of basic vapor compression cycle in refrigeration. Content includes functioning and operating characteristics of mechanical refrigeration system: condensers, evaporators, compressors, refrigerant control devices, refrigerants, test equipment, and special service procedures connected with basic refrigeration cycle. The Clean Air Act set by EPA for proper use of refrigerants is explained.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course the student will:
  1. Solve English and metric problems of length, area, volume, pressure, temperature.
  2. Defining state of matter, pressure, force, temperature, heat, heat transfer, energy, energy transfer, evaporation, condensation, super heat and sub cooling.
  3. Describing properties of various refrigerants.
  4. Recognizing and explaining the function of major components of the refrigeration cycle.
  5. Refrigerant management – Demonstrate the procedure to Recovery, Recycling and Reclaiming
Laboratory work will give the student time to apply the principles and procedures discussed in the test and during lectures.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Theory
  2. Matter and Energy
  3. Refrigeration and Refrigerants
  4. General Safety Practices
  5. Tools and Equipment
  6. Tubing and Piping
  7. System Evacuation
  8. Refrigerant Management (Recovery/Recycling/Reclaiming)
  9. System Charging Procedures

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions; a mixture of classroom exercise, and supervised hands-on experience in laboratory.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. All laboratory safety rules must be followed by students.
  2. The maximum allowed absences are six (6). Any more will result in a failing grade. (Three absences will lower your grade by one letter grade).
  3. All quizzes and exam must be completed.
  4. Three tardiness will be equal to one absence.
  5. Each student must participate in shop practices.
  6. Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
  7. The schedule of lecture and lab assignments is tentative. It may change as conditions dic-tate.
  8. Lecture attendance is mandatory.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course. [Note: the last part of this sentence – starting with “face-to-face” – may be shortened as appropriate.]

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Books to be chosen by the instructor

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Quizes, Mid-term and final exams including a comprehensive final exam.
  2. Assessment of performance on exercises and laboratory task.
  3. "Hands on" performance evaluation

XI.   Other Course Information

Three absences lower the final letter grade three letters.  Six absences will result in failure of the course. All appropriate safety precautions must be observed during lab sessions.  Any accident must be reported immediately.  The lab must be cleaned and all equipment picked up before leaving.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.