Introduction to Electricity and Automatic Controls

I.     Course Prefix/Number: AHR 104

       Course Name: Introduction to Electricity and Automatic Controls

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is an introduction to electricity and automatic controls. Students will learn basic wiring skills and become familiar with electrical components, including household wiring, wire sizing, conduct sizing, series and parallel circuits, and will learn to work with electrical tools and meters.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will work with the electrical components and wire series and parallel circuits, disconnect boxes, three way wiring and switching, four way wiring and switching, series and parallel circuits.  Students will also use meters to check and verify circuits.  The stu-dent will also learn fundamental concepts of automatic controls used for residential com-fort systems.

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

VI.   Sequence of Topics

All handouts, class discussions, etc. will be included in the final examination.

1.    Electric Power distribution
2.    Power coming to house
3.    Meter and Circuit Breaker Panel
4.    Electric Meters and their use
5.    Electric tools and their use
6.    Working with Conduits, and wiring
7.    Switching and power circuits
8.    Household wiring
9.    Wire sizing
10.    Conduit and conduit sizing
11.    Series and Parallel Circuits
12.    Three way wiring
13.    Four way wiring
14.    National Electric Codes
15.    Introduction to Automatic Controls
16.    D.C. and A.C. Electricity

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Average of two quizzes, plus mid-term, plus final.  Three (3) absences lowers grade one
letter; six (6) absences results in “F” grade.  Two major exams.  Laboratory project.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.    All laboratory safety rules must be followed by students.
B.    All  quizzes and exams and lab assignments must be completed.
C.    Frequent tardiness will result in an absence.
D.    Each student must participate in shop practices.
E.    Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
F.    Safety goggles must be worn at all times in the lab.
G.    All tools, instruments and equipment must be returned to their appropriate place
        and clean-up work area.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Classroom instruction, laboratory exercises and audio-visual presentations.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Average of two quizzes, plus mid-term, plus final.  Three (3) absences lowers grade one
letter; six (6) absences results in “F” grade.  Two major exams.  Laboratory project.

XI.   Other Course Information

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at