Heating

I.     Course Prefix/Number: AHR 102

       Course Name: Heating

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers basic principles of residential heating systems. Content includes proper installation, service and safety procedures. Introductions of the proper procedure to trouble shoot and diagnose reason for the malefaction of the furnace.  Focus is on combustion process and consumer safety.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course the student will:
  1. Demonstrate their understanding of a working furnace by performing standard testing procedure.
  2. Describe the proper working of a natural gas conventional and high efficiency forced air heating systems.
  3. Define the safety codes for combustion flue venting installation etc. that apply to residential heating systems.
  4. Demonstrate the use of VOM for testing and trouble shooting purposes.
  5. Evaluate the results of test results from a combustion test using a CO analyzer.
  6. Recognize system performance operating conditions.
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. Gas Heat
  2. Sources of Heat
  3. Combustion
  4. Heating Mediums
  5. Warm Air Systems and Heating Equipment
  6. Warm Air Furnaces
  7. Gas-Fired Furnaces
  8. Conventional Warm Air Furnaces
  9. High Efficiency Warm Air Furnaces Equipment Lab
  10. Unit Controls
  11. Selection and Sizing of Heating Equipment
  12. Troubleshooting Heating Systems
  13. Troubleshooting a Warm Air Furnace

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 dictate.
  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 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. Quizzes, Mid-term and a comprehensive final exam.
  2. Assessment of performance on exercises and laboratory task.
  3. "Hands on" performance evaluation

XI.   Other Course Information

Three absences lowers 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.