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COMM 121 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3 Semester Credit Hours
Training and experience in preparation and delivery of short speeches with emphasis on the clear, concise, logical communication of ideas. Emphasis is placed on informative and persuasive speaking.

EEET 115 – Electronic Technology for HVACR
3 Semester Credit Hours
Introduces students to DC basics of voltage, current, resistance, power, capacitors and RC timing circuits. Also covered are AC basics, magnetism, and inductors and capacitors used in AC circuits.

ENGL 150 – English I
3 Semester Credit Hours
Students organize and develop papers for diverse audiences and purposes. Focus is placed on discovering and focusing on a topic, develop ideas, gather support and draft and revise papers effectively. Fundamental language skills and library research and argumentation also are covered.

ENGL 211 – Industrial and Career Writing
3 Semester Credit Hours
English 211 is a basic course designed to prepare the student to write successfully on the job as an employee or a first-line supervisor. It includes basic forms of business and technological writing to assist the student in developing sound communication practices.

HVAC 100 – Survey of HVACR
1 Semester Credit Hour
An orientation and survey of the HVACR industry. Topics include: energy, heating and air conditioning equipment, thermal heat properties, heat gains and losses, food preservation, the refrigeration cycle and general requirements for human comfort in buildings and dwellings.

HVAC 101 – Introduction to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems
4 Semester Credit Hours
An introductory course covering physical and chemical laws governing the principles of refrigeration. The basic refrigeration cycle and components will be covered. Applications (3 hours/week) will include alternate refrigerants, transferring and system reprocessing, flaring, soldering and brazing techniques of copper tubing.

HVAC 102 – Thermodynamics of Refrigeration
4 Semester Credit Hours
A continuation of the basic refrigeration cycle and application of the Mollier Diagram and thermodynamics. Emphasis on instrumentation and testing of system, balance, with proper operation of capillary tubes and TVX systems, and mechanical systems troubleshooting. Problem solving methods also are covered.

HVAC 117 – AC Electrical Applications
5 Semester Credit Hours
Students are exposed to AC electrical fundamentals, concentrating on the operation, installation and analysis of HVACR components and control circuits. The components include single and polyphase transformer motors, heating and air conditioning controls, commercial timers, motor starters, relays and other controlling devices. Lab exercises focus on developing wiring diagrams, as well as wiring and analyzing circuits based on lecture materials.

HVAC 132 – Fundamentals of Heating and Mechanical Systems
3 Semester Credit Hours
A study of combustion in conventional and high-efficiency units. Mechanical and building blueprints, symbols, drawing and sketching, and views are covered. Laboratory work focuses on pipefitting, heating components, system identification and the analysis of fuel consumption rates and cycles.

HVAC 207 – Commercial Refrigeration Systems
5 Semester Credit Hours
A study of refrigeration units associated with supermarkets and restaurants. Topics include electrical and mechanical refrigeration systems found in today's applications. Laboratories cover testing, adjusting and troubleshooting of electrical and mechanical problems.

HVAC 208 – Air Conditioning Applications
5 Semester Credit Hours
A study of mechanical air conditioning equipment used in comfort cooling and heat pump applications. Hands-on laboratories cover electrical systems, capacity testing, mechanical and electrical troubleshooting of residential and light-commercial applications.

HVAC 225 – Duct Work
1 Semester Credit Hour
The layout and fabrication of sheet metal and fiberglass ductwork used in air conditioning and heating systems. Components used, proper use of hand tools and machines will be emphasized.

HVAC 234 – Residential Gas Heating
3 Semester Credit Hours
Topics include mechanical and electrical operation, residential and light-commercial controls, fuel consumption, air movement and fuel conversion. Laboratory work covers testing, adjusting for efficient operation and trouble shooting electrical and mechanical problems on gas-fired equipment.

HVAC 235 – Hydronic Residential Oil Heating
5 Semester Credit Hours
The study of hydronic systems and oil burners including the operating sequence for safe, efficient combustion and flame safety. Laboratory work covers troubleshooting electrical/electronic control systems, flame safety and mechanical problems on oil-fired boilers, hydronic systems, and furnaces.

HVAC 245 – Design of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems
5 Semester Credit Hours
The study of heat gain and loss in residential and light commercial structures with both forced air and hydronic systems implementation. Computerized and manual load calculations and air system instrumentation are explored in the lab sessions.

ISYS 105 – Microcomputer Application
3 Semester Credit Hours
Students are exposed to current microcomputer hardware and software. Microcomputer applications in business, industry, education and in the home are explored. Opportunities are given to develop applications within areas of interest.

MATH 115 – Intermediate Algebra
3 Semester Credit Hours
First and second-degree equations and inequalities, complex fractions, exponents, radicals, and introduction to complex numbers, logarithms and systems equations are all covered in this course.

MATH 116 – Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry
4 Semester Credit Hours
Special factoring forms, exponent, roots and radicals, scientific notations, fractions, first and second degree equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, logarithms, and solutions of logarithmic and exponential equations, systems of equations – up to 3x3 – and Cramer's Rule and numerical trigonometry, including vectors, are covered in this course.

PHYS 211 – Introductory Physics I
4 Semester Credit Hours
Students explore basic concepts and applications of motion, force, energy, fluids, heat and sound.


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