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SES 200 - Residential Energy Systems 1: The Electrical System

4 credit hours - Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly; one term.
Integrates theory, laboratory investigations, and fieldwork to investigate both the fundamentals of electrical circuitry and the design and function of the residential electrical energy distribution system. The principles of performance and efficiency of lighting systems and common appliances are examined, strategies for both improving household electrical energy efficiency and for conserving electrical energy use are analyzed, and the feasibility of incorporating a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system is evaluated. Lab fee $40.

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the concepts and principles governing electricity and electrical circuits.
    • Identify electrical energy sources.
    • Define voltage, current and power.
    • Discuss the functional design of an electrical circuit.
    • Discuss the principles of continuity, energy conservation and energy conversion in electrical circuits.
    • Identify circuit control elements.
    • Compare the operation of series and parallel circuits.
    • Discuss the power ratings and efficiencies of common household appliances.
    • Analyze, from an energy/power perspective, the performance of model parallel household-like circuits.
  • Discuss the design of the residential electrical distribution system.
    • Identify the features and operation of the mains and the electrical control panel.
    • Compare low voltage, 120V, and 240V household circuit branches.
    • Demonstrate competency in simple electrical wiring procedures.
    • Define short circuit, grounding and the role of household protective devices.
    • Develop a troubleshooting protocol for diagnosing protective devices.
    • Interpret household electrical schematics.
    • Trace the flow of electrical energy in the typical household electrical system.
    • Calculate the power demand of a household branch circuit.
  • Discuss strategies for improving electrical energy efficiency and for conserving electrical energy.
    • Define efficiency.
    • Compare the efficiency, in Lumens/Watt, of various lighting sources.
    • Research the energy efficiency ratings of common household appliances.
    • Determine total seasonal and yearly household electrical power demand and cost.
    • Compare total power demand and cost by model calculation and examining household electrical utility bills.
    • Investigate strategies for improving efficiency in appliance and lighting circuits.
    • Discuss critically strategies for conserving or limiting electrical energy.
  • Outline the operation of a possible alternative photovoltaic solar electrical system.
    • Outline the principles governing the operation of the photovoltaic (PV) solar cell.
    • Discuss the electrical properties of the PV cell.
    • Discuss the design and operating principles of the typical PV solar system.
    • Identify and discuss the function and design of the basic components of a PV solar system.
    • List the criteria for sizing a PV solar system.
    • Analyze the efficiency, limitations and advantages of the PV system, including economic and environmental impact.
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 5 Self Management Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking