Introduction to Facilities Management & Engineering

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FME 101

       Course Name: Introduction to Facilities Management & Engineering

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is a survey type course and discusses the practice and skills needed for facilities management and facilities engineering.  It also covers, in general, the topics in which a facilities manager or facilities engineer will need to develop competency.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students are expected to learn:  1) about various facility functions of facilities management; 2) about each of the nine facility functions in general.

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

1.    Nature of Facilities Management
2.    Planning, Programming & Budgeting
3.    Real Estate - Residential & Nonresidential
4.    Design Build Cycle
5.    Operations and Maintenance
6.    Practice of Facilities Management and Facilities Engineering

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Primary emphasis is placed on the interpretation of mechanical drawings and diagrams.  Instructions will include solution of workbook problems and construction of simple drawings.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

The student is responsible for reading the assigned chapters in the textbook.  Attendance is mandatory.  All assignments must be handed in on time.  A grade lower will be given for any assignment not received on the date due.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Facilities Management, by David Cotts, Publisher

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students are required to solve workbook problems, take three tests and submit a semester project.

XI.   Other Course Information

No makeup quizzes or tests will be given expect for cases of extreme illness and with the consent of the instructor.

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