Energy Management and DDC Controls

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FME 240

       Course Name: Energy Management and DDC Controls

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 1 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 systems 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

The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions; a mixture of classroom exercise.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

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

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

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 the instructor.

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 advancement 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

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.