Course Descriptions - Spring

Please Note: Courses descriptions for Spring 2020; for earlier terms, please contact enrollment services for the appropriate class schedule.

This a list of all courses the College can offer; the College does not offer all courses every semester. For the current semester's courses, go to the class schedule. The class schedule provides more complete information, including course description, instructor, course fee, and textbook required.

AC, Heat & Refrigeration Tech
Automotive Tech
Basic Nurse Assistant Training
CAD Computer-Aided Design
Cannabis Disp & Patient Care
College Studies
Computer Apps for Business
Computer Information Systems
Computer Networking & Systems
Computer Science
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Elder Care Support
Electronic/Computer Technology
Facilities Mgt & Engineering
Financial Services
Fire Science
Geographic Information Systems
Global Business Studies
Graphic Design
Health Information Technology
Horticultural Therapy
Human Services
Independent Study
Law Enforcement
Manufacturing Technology
Mechanical Design
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Assistant
Paralegal Studies
Physical Education
Physical Therapist Assistant
Political Science
Social Science

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AC, Heat & Refrigeration Tech

AHR101 - Introduction to Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Course present theories, demonstrations and lab experiences in area of basic vapor compression cycle in refrigeration. Content includes functioning and operating characteristics of mechanical refrigeration system: condensers, evaporators, compressors, refrigerant control devices, refrigerants, test equipment, and special service procedures connected with basic refrigeration cycle. The Clean Air Act set by EPA for proper use of refrigerants explained.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

AHR102 - Heating
Course covers basic principles of residential heating systems. Content includes proper installation, service and safety procedures. Focus is on combustion process and consumer safety.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

AHR103 - Sheetmetal Layout and Fabrication
Course covers methods of fabrication. Content includes laying out and fabricating sheet metal ducts and fittings used in heating and air conditioning installations.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $50

AHR104 - Introduction to Electricity and Automatic Controls
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.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

AHR105 - EPA Section 608 Certification
Course designed to prepare for “EPA Section 608” certification exam. Certification in proper refrigerant use required by law for work on refrigeration systems. Examination fees required.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)
Fee: $50

AHR106 - R-410a Usage Certification
Course designed to prepare students to take R-410a safe use certification test. Content includes chemicals: HCFC-22, commonly known as R-22, used generally in air conditioning equipment; and R410a refrigerant, which replaces HCFC-22. Focus is on safe use of R-410a. Prepares for Certification in safe use of R-410a and associated oil. Prerequisite: AHR 101 or consent of department chair.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

AHR107 - Carbon Monoxide and Associated Dangers
Course covers how to evaluate buildings that may have a high level of carbon monoxide due to being tightly sealed to reduce air infiltration. HVACR technicians and first responders will gain knowledge to analyze building structures and eliminate hazards associated with carbon monoxide poisoning. Course is designed to prepare students to take the ESCO Institute Carbon Monoxide Certification test and gain certification.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)

AHR201 - Commercial Refrigeration Systems
Course covers entire refrigeration cycle, from compressor discharge to compressor suction, for low, medium, and high pressure refrigeration systems. Content includes various types of refrigeration systems; medium and low pressure temperature and their proper installations; product to be cooled, desired temperature to be maintained, humidity conditions, problems involving system balance and component capacity, and use of heat load charts. Students required to provide own basic tools.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

AHR202 - Air Conditioning - Split System
Course covers principles of residential air conditioning systems. Content includes evaluation and classroom hands-on experience in use of psychrometrics, residential and light commercial air conditioning equipment types and installation. Lab focus on systems performance problems and diagnostics. Prerequisite: AHR 101 and AHR 105 or consent of department chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

AHR203 - Heating and Air Conditioning Load Calculations
Course covers calculation of heating and cooling loads to determine appropriate selection of equipment in new construction. Content includes construction and heat transfer through structure, and computations for heat gains and heat losses for various building structures. Prerequisite: AHR 101 or consent of department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

AHR204 - Air Distribution Systems (Design)
Course covers air moving and treating equipment, and distribution of air using appropriate devices. Content includes blower performance; static and dynamic pressures and pressure drop due to friction; sizing and selection of ductwork and blowers, diffusers, registers and grilles; and evaluation of system performance. Recommended: AHR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

AHR206 - Residential Hot Water Boilers and Hydronics Technology
Course covers conventional and modern residential hydronics systems. Topic focus on “Near boiler” piping, accessories and zoning operations; proper sizing of heat emitting components, baseboards and piping. Prerequisite: AHR 101 and AHR 102 or consent of department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

AHR208 - Advanced Automatic Controls
Course covers advanced automatic controls used presently in high-efficiency furnaces. Content includes electronic ignition systems, generic sequence of automatic controls, and ladder type wiring diagrams. Prerequisite: AHR 104.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

AHR209 - Low Pressure Steam Boilers and Operation
Course covers low pressure steam boilers and principles of boiler operation. Content includes complete boiler setup from feedwater systems to boiler and piping layout and assembly; combustion accessories, steam accessories, and draft control. Focus is on boiler room operation and safety. Workbook used in conjunction with chapter information and exercises.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

AHR210 - High Pressure Steam Boilers and Operation
Course covers high pressure steam boilers as per ASME code standards. Content includes basic boiler room systems, fittings and accessories, feedwater heaters, desuperheating and pressure reducing stations, fuel combustion and draft, and combustion controls. Focus is on proper practices of boiler requirements to function properly and safely. Classroom course only. Prerequisite: AHR 209.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

AHR212 - Indoor Air Quality
Course covers sources of pollutants, methods of control, and management techniques to maintain acceptable indoor air quality. Prerequisite: AHR 203 or consent of department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

AHR213 - Commercial HVAC Systems Applications
Course covers various types of HVAC systems used in commercial buildings. Topics include all-air, air-hydronic, all-hydronic and unitary systems and their layouts for air filtration, odor removal, heating, cooling, and air distribution. Prerequisite: AHR 212 or consent of department chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 0)

AHR214 - Energy Audit, Analysis and Management
Course covers conducting energy audit, surveying and evaluation procedures for energy using systems, and establishing energy management procedures and schedule. Prerequisite: AHR 213 or consent of department chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

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