ELF190 - Electricity

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This subject covers all the fundamental elements of electricity in both a lecture and lab setting. Students acquire an understanding of electrical principles and are able to systematically troubleshoot electrical ac and dc circuits while learning the purpose of resistance, conductors and power supplies found in various circuits and electrical construction. In order to accomplish this, students must have a practical working knowledge of a digital multi-meter. Multi-meters are used extensively in the labs.

This subject also familiarizes students with proper safety procedures as they relate to the Canadian Electrical Code. Students are required to follow all safety rules and regulations when working in the labs.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Fire Protection Technician or Fire Protection Engineering Technology Diploma and the Fire Alarm Technician programs.

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

1. demonstrate and discuss basic personal electrical safety and lockout procedures;
2. identify on a drawing and have a clear practical understanding of and correct use of the following terms and components:
Resistors, Conductors, Insulators
Batteries, Lamps, Switches
Wires & Cables, Fuses, Breakers
Power Supplies AWG3;
3. describe and correctly use units of electric charge, current, voltage, resistance, energy and power and use metric engineering prefixes to express answers;
4. apply the resistor colour code to determine resistance and tolerance;
5. correctly measure current, voltage, and resistance by using a digital multi-meter;
6. apply Ohm's law, calculate and measure the current, voltage and resistance in simple dc resistive circuits;
7. apply Watt's law to calculate power in simple dc resistive circuits;
8. apply Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws to voltage and current dividers in series and parallel dc resistive circuits;
9. analyze series-parallel dc resistive circuits;
10. troubleshoot simple dc resistive circuits;
11. discuss AC circuits, RMS, peak to peak and average current.

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 http://library.senecacollege.ca 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 student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.

Grade 12 mathematics or equivalent 
Mature Student

Topic Outline

Electrical Safety
General safety rules for electricity and electronics,  effects of electrical current on the human body, 
lock-out procedure, and some safety tips do's and don'ts 
Basic Concepts 
Units of measurement, metric prefixes, circuits, symbols and diagrams  

Analog and digital meters; techniques for measurements, power supplies 
What is resistance, conductors and their resistance? 
Resistor types, how is resistance measured, resistor coding, power dissipation due to resistance, filament resistor, testing resistors 
Structure of matter, electric charge, current, voltage, conductors, insulators and semiconductors, opens and shorts 
The Ohm, energy and power 
Components in series, current in a series circuit, resistance in a series circuit, voltage in a series circuit (Kirchhoff's Voltage Law, Voltage Dividers), power in a series circuit, troubleshooting a series circuit 
Components in parallel, voltage in a parallel circuit, current in a parallel circuit (Kirchhoff's Current Law, Current Dividers), resistance in a parallel circuit, power in a parallel circuit, troubleshooting a parallel circuit 
Series- and parallel-connected components, total resistance in a series-parallel circuit, voltage division in a series-parallel circuit, branch currents in a series-parallel circuit, power in a series-parallel circuit, five step method for series-parallel circuit analysis, troubleshooting series-parallel circuits 
The difference between DC and AC, why alternating current, AC wave shapes, AC test instruments, relays and solenoids, electricity and electronics 

Laboratory Topic Outline
  • Introduction to Lab Environment
  • Lab Equipment
  • Resistance and Resistors
  • Voltage
  • Current
  • Electronic Workbench
  • Series/Parallel Circuits
  • Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting
  • Soldering 

Mode of Instruction
Lectures and labs 

Prescribed Texts
ELF190 Electricity Study Guide; Seneca Bookstore, ISBN 0-00258-071-B  

Reference Material
Supplemental material provided by instructor.

Required Supplies
Lab Kit:  available from Seneca Bookstore

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Students are required to complete weekly assignments, term test and a final exam to demonstrate their understanding of the subject material.  The final grade for the subject will be calculated as follows:

Term tests 20%
In-class assignments 20%
Labs 30%
Final Examination 30%

Please Note
  • Test dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable with the exception of tests missed due to illness which is documented.
  • Attendance is mandatory in the lectures and laboratories. 
  • More than three absences (with the exception of absences missed due to documented evidence of illness or other exceptional circumstances; requiring submission of such documents) will result in a fail/unsatisfactory grade for this course.
  • To achieve a passing grade a minimum of 60% is required

Approved by: Sandra Noble