Residential Wiring

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 114

       Course Name: Residential Wiring

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides technical skills and knowledge of residential wiring, to conform to the National Electrical Code. Content includes safe installing, maintaining, replacing and repairing residential wiring and distribution systems. Hands-on labs, using of variety of tools and equipment to complete and troubleshoot residential electrical wiring projects.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Student will learn to:

  1. List the National Electrical Code for residential wiring.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of electronic equipment and devices.
  3. Demonstrate proper safety procedures.
  4. Evaluate electrical wiring to troubleshoot wiring flaws
  5. Read and interpret blueprints
  6. List the technical skills and equipment used to repair residential wiring.
  7. Explain the proper use of wiring and ground fault devices.
  8. Apply OSHA rules and regulations in the lab.

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. General Information for Electrical Installations
  2. Electrical Symbols and Outlets
  3. Lighting and Small Appliance Circuits
  4. Wiring Methods and Wiring Connections
  5. Branch Circuits
  6. Special Purpose Outlets
  7. Low Voltage Signal Systems
  8. Smoke Alarms and Security Systems
  9. Fuses and Circuit Breakers
  10. Wiring for the Future
Outline of Lab Topics
  1. Electrical Safety
  2. Multimeter Familiarization
  3. Stripping, Splicing and Taping Techniques
  4. Single-Pole Switched Light Circuits I, II, III
  5. Three-Way Switched Light Circuits I, II, III
  6. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupts
  7. Combination Circuits
  8. Wiring methods
  9. Overhead Light
  10. Outside Light
  11. Security Systems, Smoke and Fire Alarms
  12. Sub-Panel Wiring

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The primary methods of instruction will be lectures and laboratory projects, with hands-on demonstrations. The course will be one half lecture and one half lab.  The lecture will consist of topics listed in Section VI of the syllabus. The lab section will consist of the demonstrations and simulations listed in Section VII of the syllabus.  The students will be observed on following proper methods and complying with the National Code.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will study from the textbook, take notes from the lectures, complete all of the lab projects, and participate in site visits. Additional homework will be assigned periodically.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
(3) Quizzes 10%
Homework assignments 10%
Projects 15%
Lab 25%
Makeup tests: It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor beforehand if they cannot take the final exam on the scheduled date. The makeup exam must be taken prior to due date for course grades to be turned in by the instructor unless alternate arrangements are made with the instructor.

There are no makeup quizzes; the lowest score will be dropped.

Late work: All assigned work is expected on the due date. Unless arranged with the instructor prior to the due date, no late homework will be accepted. In the case of any absence, the assignments will be due on the student’s return date to class.
Attendance: Class attendance and participation is mandatory.

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
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.