BES101 - Building Environmental Systems Practical Skills

Outline info
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Subject Title
Building Environmental Systems Practical Skills

Subject Description
This course provides hands-on exposure to equipment and systems used in the field of Building Operations.  Students will be prepared to use diagnostic and troubleshooting skills in the work environment.  Tours of Seneca College building systems and facilities will be included so that participants better understand the breadth of the field of Building Environmental Systems.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this program, students are able to describe and discuss:

  • methods of heat transfer
  • functions of the building envelope
  • Building heat loads
  • Heating systems
  • Combustion and boilers units
  • Operating logs
  • Boiler operations and maintenance
  • Heating/Hot water distribution systems
  • Cooling systems and heat pumps
  • five basic types of cooling loads
  • Cooling system operations and maintenance
  • Direct expansion cooling
  • Chilled water cooling
  • Explain the functions of air handling systems
  • Components of air handling systems
  • Air handling operation and maintenance
  • Air distribution systems
  • Air exhaust systems
  • Motors
  • Motor maintenance
  • Building control systems
  • Control system components
  • B.A.S. systems
  • the function of operating logs
  • Water treatment for heating, cooling systems

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

BES700, BES701, BES702, BES703, BES704, BES705, BES706

Mode of Instruction
Small group instruction and demonstration in a lab environment

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
No grading

Approved by: Barb Shannon