Electricity (BES)
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 39.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Building Env. Sys. Operator-C2
Program Coordinator(s): Roberto Cordovado
Course Leader or Contact: Multiple Course Leaders
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course includes a study of electrical systems, motor controls and wiring diagrams, calculation of loads and charges. The first part deals with circuits, measurements, symbols schematics, meters, AC Current and motors. The balance deals with starters, protection devices, distribution power calculations and consumption.

Program Context

Building Env. Sys. Operator-C2 Program Coordinator: Roberto Cordovado
This is a mandatory course requirement in the Building Environment Systems Operator - Class 2 Certificate program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 Upon successful completion, students will have demonstrated the 
ability to:

 1. Calculate volts, amps and ohms when any two are given in simple,
    series, parallel and series/parallel circuits.
 2. Draw diagrams to demonstrate how the principles of magnetism and
    electro-magnetism are applied in generators, electric motors and
 3. Draw diagrams and graphs and perform calculations to demonstrate
    how three phase power is applied.
 4. Read and draw schematic and wiring diagrams for control and motor
    control circuits.
 5. Read and draw floor plans with electrical devices and wiring.
 6. Read and draw single line diagrams of single phase and three
    phase building equipment and distribution systems.
 7. Calculate supply company charges including consumption, peak
    demand and power factor penalties. 
 8. Describe load shedding, load shaving, time of use billing, power
    factor correction, how all charges are applied and how energy can
    be used most efficiently.
 9. Describe safety procedures and practices for operation and
    maintenance of building equipment and systems including lock
    out/tag out procedure. 
10. Describe the correct and safe use of a variety of electrical
    meters and testers.
11. Explain advantages, disadvantages and maintenance of appropriate
    light sources for given situations.
12. Calculate the light levels and energy consumption for various
    lighting options.
13. Describe the principle of operation of various electronic devices
    and systems used in building equipment and operations.
14. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the predictive and
    preventive approaches to maintenance of electrical equipment. 

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

Project  Outline            5% 
Final Project              25% 
Mid-Term Test              30% 
Final Exam                 40% 
Total                     100%

Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards 
reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. 
Written assignments should be well organized and grammatically 
correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.

Missed tests may result in a grade of "zero".  Please discuss any 
absence with your instructor who may approve alternate arrangements.

Note:  Continuing Education students may withdraw up to the 3/4 point
of the course duration without academic penalty.  For example, if 
your course is 14 sessions, you may withdraw (in writing) up to the 
11th session without academic penalty.  If you withdraw after this 
point, you will receive the grade earned.  This policy applies only 
to courses and not seminars or workshops.
Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  Communication X Critical Thinking & Problem Solving   Interpersonal
X Numeracy X Information Management   Personal

Notes: N/A

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR

Notes:  N/A

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Fall 2015
Professor: Multiple Professors
BES 704 - Electrical Manual, published by Seneca College.
ISBN: 0-00011-704-B.

Available at the Sheridan College Bookstore.

Applicable student group(s): Building Environmental Systems Operator - Class 2 Students.
Course Details:

Weeks 1 & 2
Electricity Basics
- Electricity and the Atom
- Ohm's Law
- Parallel and Series Circuits
- Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Week 3
Sources of Electricity
- Generators 
- Batteries
- Alternative Sources 

Weeks 4 & 5
Electricity Bills
- Electrical Power, Demand and Energy
- Power Factor
- Load Factor
- Rate Structure

Week 6
Building Electrical System
- Transformers
- Single and Three Phase System
- Auxiliary Generators
- System Grounding
- Building Wiring

Week 7 

Week 8 
Protective Devices
- Fuses  
- Circuit Breakers
- Ground and Arc Fault Interrupters

Week 9 
Motors and Drives
- AC Motors
- DC Motors
- Motor Control Circuits
- Motor Starters
- Variable Speed Drives

Week 10
Lighting Systems
- Light Sources, Quality and Efficacy
- Light Sources and Fixtures
- Maintenance and Efficiency

Week 11
Electronics and Digital Technology
- Passive Electronic Components
- Semi-conductor Devices and Circuits
- Gates
Week 12
Electrical System Assessment and Maintenance
- Safety
- Meters and Testers
- Trouble Shooting
- Maintenance

Week 13 

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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