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Mechanical, Electrical and Security Systems in Buildings

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FME 201

       Course Name: Mechanical, Electrical and Security Systems in Buildings

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FME 101

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is an overview of the electrical and mechanical systems of buildings.  Topics included are power and lighting distribution, motor controls, alarm systems, telephone, computer systems, and energy management.  Mechanical systems reviewed include HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, and fire protection.  Electrical and mechanical building codes are studied as well as indoor air quality, communications, life safety and security systems.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Understand the energy systems used in buildings and how they are used so that opportunities for energy management can be explored.

V.    Academic Integrity

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1)    Scope and impact of Mechanical and Electrical Systems
2)    HVAC Fundamentals
3)    HVAC Delivery Systems
4)    HVAC Cooling and Heating Equipment
5)    Fire Protection Equipment and Systems
6)    Introduction to Electricity
7)    Electrical Power Systems and Equipment
8)    Noise and Vibration in Mechanical and Electrical Systems
9)    Communications, Life Safety and Security Systems
   a)    Forms and function of information systems
   b)    Common characteristics of telecomm and classifications
   c)    Components, wiring and telecomm systems
   d)    Data distribution systems
   e)    Security systems including intrusion, access, detection, annunciation, recording and closed circuit television systems
   f)    Telephone systems
   g)    Fire alarm systems
   h)    Sound systems
   i)    Time and program systems
   j)    Specialty systems

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The instructions will consist of:
•    Lectures and discussions augmented by slides and films when available
•    Students participation in class discussions
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Student will support the activity log and details of the duties performed on a weekly basis.  Upon completion student will submit a report as of his/her accomplishment.  A letter from the workplace facility may be required in some cases depending on the learning objectives.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Textbook:    Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Buildings by Taos and Janis Publisher:    Prentice Hall

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be evaluated by means of quizzes, three examinations and class participation.

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.