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)

II.    Prerequisite


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

After successful completion of this course the student will:
  1. Demonstrate how to wire series and parallel circuits.
  2. Practice wiring of electrical components, disconnect boxes, three way wiring and four way wiring and switching.
  3. Illustrate how to use meters to check and verify circuits.
  4. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of automatic controls used for resi-dential comfort systems.
Laboratory work will give the student time to apply the principles and procedures dis-cussed in the test and during lectures.

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

All handouts, class discussions, etc. will be included in the final examination.
  1. Electric Power distribution
  2. Power coming to house
  3. Meter and Circuit Breaker Panel
  4. Electric Meters and their use
  5. Electric tools and their use
  6. Working with Conduits, and wiring
  7. Switching and power circuits
  8. Household wiring
  9. Wire sizing
  10. Conduit and conduit sizing
  11. Series and Parallel Circuits
  12. Three way wiring
  13. Four way wiring
  14. National Electric Codes
  15. Introduction to Automatic Controls
  16. D.C. and A.C. Electricity

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions; a mixture of classroom exercise, and supervised hands-on experience in laboratory.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. All laboratory safety rules must be followed by students.
  2. All quizzes and exams and lab assignments must be completed.
  3. Frequent tardiness will result in an absence.
  4. Each student must participate in shop practices.
  5. Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
  6. Safety goggles must be worn at all times in the lab.
  7. All tools, instruments and equipment must be returned to their appropriate place and clean-up work area.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Books to be chosen by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Average of two quizzes,
  2. mid-term, and final.
  3. Laboratory project
  4. Three (3) absences lowers grade one letter; six (6) absences results in “F” grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

Three absences lowers the final letter grade three letters.  Six absences will result in failure of the course. All appropriate safety precautions must be observed during lab sessions.  Any accident must be reported immediately.  The lab must be cleaned and all equipment picked up before leaving.

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

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.