Course Descriptions

Air Conditioning Technology, AAS

ACR 101 Principles & Practices of Refrigeration 4 Cr Hrs

Introduces the use of refrigeration tools, materials and procedures needed to install, repair and service refrigeration systems. Topics include refrigeration tools; piping practices; service valves; leak testing; refrigerant recovery, recycling and reclamation; evacuation; charging; and safety. Prerequisite: ACR112 HVAC Fundamentals

ACR 107 Air Conditioning Systems 3 Cr Hrs

Introduces fundamental theory and techniques to identify major components and functions of air conditioning systems.  Instruction is given on types of air conditioning systems and use of instrumentation.  Topics include: types of ACR systems, heat load calculations, properties of air, psychometrics, duct design, air filtrations, and safety principles. Prerequisite: ACR 101 Principles & Practices of Refrigeration and ACR 115 Electricity & Electronics for the HVACR Service Technician

ACR 111 Heat Pumps & Related Systems 3 Cr Hrs

Provides instruction on the principles, application and operation of a residential heat pump system. Topics include installation procedures, servicing procedures, electrical components, geothermal ground source energy supplies, dual fuel, troubleshooting, valves and safety. Prerequisite: ACR 101 Principles & Practices of Refrigeration and ACR 115 Electricity & Electronics for the HVACR Service Technician.

ACR 115 Electricity & Electronics for the HVACR Service Technician 4 Cr Hrs

Provides instruction in identifying, installing, and testing commonly used electrical components in an air conditioning system.  Topics include: pressure switches, overload devices, transformers, magnetic starters, other commonly used controls, diagnostic techniques, installation procedures, and safety. Prerequisite: ACR113 Electrical Fundamentals

 ACR 120 Building Control Systems I 3 Cr Hrs

Provides instruction on the installation and service of residential air conditioning systems, as well as basic building controls. Topics include installation procedures, service, splitsystems, add-on systems, packaged systems and safety. Prerequisite: ACR101 Principles & Practices of Refrigeration, ACR107 Heat Pumps & Related Systems, and ACR115 Electricity & Electronics for the HVACR Service Technician.

ACR 130 HVAC Design 4 Cr Hrs

This course discusses heat energy, conditions of human comfort, psychometric chart and plotting various air conditions.   Calculations of heat transfer into and out of a residential structure will be instructed using terms, concepts, measurements and calculations of moving air.   This course is designed to develop and exercise the student’s ability to perform heat loss and gain calculations. Prerequisite: ACR101 Principles & Practices of Refrigeration, ACR115 Electricity & Electronics for the HVACR Service Technician and ACR120 Building Control Systems I

 ACR 135 Internship in HVACR 5 Cr Hrs

Students participate in an industry-related assignment associated with the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. All work assignments must be approved by a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: ACR111 Heat Pumps & Related Systems and ACR130 HVAC Design

DIS 151 Directed Individual Studies 5 Cr Hrs

Provides the instructor and student an opportunity to develop special learning environments.  Instruction is delivered through occupational work experience, practicum’s, advanced projects, industry sponsored workshops, seminars, or specialized and/or innovative learning arrangements.  Topics include:  application of occupational technical skills, adaptability to the work environment, and problem solving.  Each course is documented with a written agreement between the instructor and the student detailing expected requirements.  The course is offered with variable credit ranging from 1 to 12 credit hours.

ACR 140 Sheet metal 3 Cr Hrs

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to identify the components, equipment, and operation for sheet metal layout and fabrication. The patterns will be fabricated and joined into a line of fittings. This gives the most complete test of pattern accuracy and also provides the experience needed by a competent layout person. The student will be required to wear safety glasses.

CWG 110 Welding Applications 4 Cr Hrs

The student will spend a total 26 hrs. in each – SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, & Oxy Fuel welding. Students will learn basic elements of each in the course.

EMP 100 Global Professional Standards 2 Cr Hrs

This course provides a study of human relations and professional development in today’s rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include: human relations skills, job acquisition skills, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

SAF 10o Safety Orientation/OSHA 10 1 Cr Hrs

This course provides a fundamental understanding of OSHA Safety for the Construction Industry. Students who successfully complete the course will be issued a Department of Labor (DOL) 10 hour card.

CED 115 Computer Applications 3 Cr Hrs

Introduces students to the fundamental concepts and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include computer terminology, introduction to the Windows environment, networking, word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

ENG 101 Composition I 3 Cr Hrs

This course is designed to improve the reading and writing skills of students. The emphasis is on fundamental principles of written English in structurally correct sentences, paragraphs and expository themes. Critical analysis of essays will be used to aid in developing the student’s thinking, support of thesis and style. Students are introduced to the basic components of research by writing a documented essay in Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Prerequisite:  EBS110 English with a minimum grade of “C” or better or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

MTH 112 College Algebra 3 Cr Hrs

This course is an introduction of algebraic functions and some transcendental functions with application in business and life, natural and social sciences. Topics include solving equations, zeros, rational functions, matrices, exponentials and logarithms and systems. Additional topics are included as time permits. Students must furnish their own TI-83 or TI-83 PLUS graphing calculators. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of “C” or better in MTH 101 Intermediate Algebra or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

PSY 101 General Psychology 3 Cr Hrs

A general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior as it applies to daily living. Course includes history, basic theories and biological bases of behavior, development, cognitive processes, individual awareness, motivation, emotion, personal adjustment, social psychology, and abnormal psychology and therapies.

 SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3 Cr Hrs

An introductory study to acquaint students with the influence and patterns of individuals and group interaction by acquainting students with the development, characteristics and functioning of human groups, the relationships between groups and group influences on individual behavior. It includes the study of how social relationships are created, maintained and changed.

SPH 101 Public Speaking 3 Cr Hrs

Covers fundamental basics to all good private and public speaking experiences and elements in voice production and improvement, bodily movement, confidence, poise and understanding of all types of public speeches. Required of all transfer curricula.

SPH 111 Interpersonal Communication 3 Cr Hrs

Improves individual communication skills. By understanding the elements of effective communication, students are able to create environments that bring out the best in themselves and others. In addition, students learn how to better turn ideas and feelings into words, how to listen more effectively, respond more appropriately to what others have said and, most important of all, how to maintain and develop good interpersonal relationships with their families, their peers and fellow workers. Emphasis is placed on small-group activities, interviewing skills and verbal and non-verbal communication.