Course Summary
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11 hours
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 residential building controls


The course objective is to describe a few of the subsystems that make up the automated home and will explore some of the advanced control technologies that allow these subsystems, like lighting control systems, heating and air conditioning systems control, water systems control, and motorized devices, such as windows, cabinets, skylights, and doors, to operate in the home as a united system.

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe how inputs and outputs are used in automation systems
  • explain communication methods used in automation
  • describe the basic features and roles of the typical automation controller
  • explain basic automation controller programming approaches
  • provide a brief description of the various types of lights used in residential lighting systems
  • discuss the types of lighting situations used in homes that utilize lighting controls
  • describe several typical applications for lighting control
  • identify the components of a typical HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) system and explain the purpose of each
  • identify four factors that are most likely to influence the conditioned-space comfort level of a home
  • explain the purpose of dampers and in-line boosters
  • explain the difference between radiant, forced air, and hydronic HVAC systems
  • describe the addressing and data communications schemes used by the X10 protocol
  • explain the benefits of the universal power line bus
  • discuss basic PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) troubleshooting strategies
  • list other technologies used to transfer control signals over power lines, over phone lines, and with RF signals
  • explain the fundamental differences between automated and integrated systems

General Topics:

  • Integrating home systems
  • Home system controllers and interfaces
  • Residential lighting control
  • HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) controls
  • PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) and wireless control technologies
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Classroom Participation

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials