Residential Hot Water Boilers and Hydronic Technology
I. Course Prefix/Number: AHR 206
Course Name: Residential Hot Water Boilers and Hydronic Technology
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Explain the basic hydronic system
- Demonstrate proper piping
- Summarize the fluid flow in a hydronic system
- Describe the purpose of the control in the system
- Analyze the operation of a hydronic heating system.
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
- Fundamental Concepts
- Hydronic heat sources
- Modular boiler systems, electric thermal storage systems, Hydronic heat pumps and system design considerations.
- Fluid flow in piping, fluid mechanics, analyzing fluid flow, Hydrontric resistance of fitting, valves and open devices and the system resistance curve.
- Fluid flow in piping series and parallel hydrantic resistances, zoning and pipe siz-ing considerations.
- Analytical methods for pump performance pump efficiency, pump caritation and pump selection.
- Panel radiators, radiant baseboard, system heat output curve and heat loss of Heat Emitters and copper piping.
- Controls and Control systems.
- Radiant floor heating.
- Distribution piping systems
VII. Methods of Instruction
The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions; a mixture of classroom exercise.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- 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).
- All quizzes and exam must be completed.
- Three tardiness will be equal to one absence.
- Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
- Lecture attendance is mandatory.
IX. Instructional Materials
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
- Quizzes, Mid-term and a comprehensive final exam.
- "Hands on" performance evaluation
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.