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)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course introduces electricity and automatic controls. Content includes basic wiring skills, electrical components, household wiring, wire sizing, conduct sizing, series and parallel circuits. Hands-on experience with electrical tools, and meters. Fee $45.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate how to wire series and parallel circuits.
- Practice wiring of electrical components, disconnect boxes, three way wiring and four way wiring and switching.
- Illustrate how to use meters to check and verify circuits.
- Students will learn the fundamental concepts of automatic controls used for resi-dential comfort systems.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
- Electric Power distribution
- Power coming to house
- Meter and Circuit Breaker Panel
- Electric Meters and their use
- Electric tools and their use
- Working with Conduits, and wiring
- Switching and power circuits
- Household wiring
- Wire sizing
- Conduit and conduit sizing
- Series and Parallel Circuits
- Three way wiring
- Four way wiring
- National Electric Codes
- Introduction to Automatic Controls
- D.C. and A.C. Electricity
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- All laboratory safety rules must be followed by students.
- All quizzes and exams and lab assignments must be completed.
- Frequent tardiness will result in an absence.
- Each student must participate in shop practices.
- Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
- Safety goggles must be worn at all times in the lab.
- All tools, instruments and equipment must be returned to their appropriate place and clean-up work area.
IX. Instructional Materials
Books to be chosen by instructor.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Average of two quizzes,
- mid-term, and final.
- Laboratory project
- Three (3) absences lowers grade one letter; six (6) absences results in “F” grade.
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.