Energy Management and DDC Controls

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FME 240

       Course Name: Energy Management and DDC Controls

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

AHR 101 or FME 101 or Program Coordinator’s Consent.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is specific to building automation systems for energy management using DDC controls for HVAC, fire and security systems and control of various equipment remotely from a control computerized system and DDC controls.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1)    Understanding application directly used in building automation systems (EMS) to manage and control energy consumption and conservation.
2)    Understanding software application programs into a network for EMS.
3)    Integration of Pneumatic HVAC controls and DDC controls.
4)    Understanding applications for economizer, enthalpy, indoor environmental quality, air sys-tems economizers, etc. for boilers, chillers and cooling towers.

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.    EMS Introduction and Overview
2.    Hardware/System Components
3.    EMS System Architecture
4.    Direct Digital Control (DDC)
5.    Networking and Remote Monitoring
6.    Software/Application Programs
7.    Saving/Cost Estimating
8.    Sequence of Events
9.    Selection/Expansion
10.    Installation and Commissioning EMS
11.    Training/Operation/Maintenance
12.    Fire Alarms/Security
13.    Design/Drawings/Specifications
14.    Intelligent Buildings

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, projects and a visit to a facility that emphasizes aspects of the course.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Lectures, Assignments, demonstrations of EMS and DDC, Exercises.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Textbook: Energy Management Systems & DDC, by Richard A. Panke. Prentice Hall.
Slide/Film Presentations, Field Trips, etc.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

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

XI.   Other Course Information

Facilities Management is a new field that will provide students with many opportunities for ad-vancement in the future.  More complex and larger facilities require personnel skilled in the art of Facilities Management.  Exposure to both technical and people skills arm the students today to deal with the problems of tomorrow.

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