Course Number:
CT 110
Transcript Title:
Electrical Basics
Aug 09, 2022
Apr 28, 2023
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

MTH 98 or placement into MTH 65; placement into IRW 115 or WR 115

Course Description

Provides basic knowledge of electrical wiring and AC and DC circuits. Introduces electrical codes, ordinances, print reading and electricity fundamentals. Prerequisites: MTH 98 or placement into MTH 65; placement into IRW 115 or WR 115. Audit Available.

Course Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate safe practices associated with Construction industry.
  2. Utilize basic electrical terms.
  3. Apply basic electrical theory.
  4. Recognize limits of basic electrical training.
  5. Use approved practices for simple wiring installation tasks.
  6. Perform simple electrical troubleshooting.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

The determination of assessment strategies is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: writings (journals, self-reflections, pre writing exercises, essays), quizzes, tests, midterm and final exams, group projects, presentations (in person, videos, etc), self-assessments, experimentations, lab reports, peer critiques, responses (to texts, podcasts, videos, films, etc), student generated questions, Escape Room, interviews, and/or portfolios.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

Outcome #1: Demonstrate safe practices associated with Construction industry.

  • Cleanliness of work area
  • Recognizing margins for specific tool safety – Red Zone
    • Saws
    • Drills
    • Hand tools
  • Maintaining tools in proper working condition
  • Safety rules of thumb:
    • Don’t force tools to do something they are not meant to do
    • Be present when using tools
    • Stay alert to what is going on around you

Outcome #2: Utilize basic electrical terms

  • Describe a residential electrical service and its circuitry
  • Define “current” and the laws governing its functional principles
  • Understand the National Electrical Code and its purpose

Outcome #3: Apply basic electrical theory

  • Explain the theory of electron flow through conducting material
  • Know the difference between alternating current and direct current
  • Describe the purpose and construction of transformers
  • Know the difference between a step-up transformer and a step-down transformer
  • Understand the two levels of voltage used in residential wiring and how it’s provided

Outcome #4: Recognize limitations of basic electrical training

  • Identify local and National electrical codes
  • Read and interpret codes
  • Understand qualifications and role of licensed Electricians
  • Follow restrictions guiding any electrical work

Outcome #5: Use approved practices for simple wiring installation tasks

  • Demonstrate connecting two conductors or a conductor and a device
  • Strip insulation from the ends of conductors
  • Wire a simple circuit and demonstrate it works when plugged to a power source

Outcome #6: Perform simple electrical troubleshooting

  • Demonstrate testing of receptacles, switches and fixtures
  • Utilize devices designed to protect electrical conductors from damage

Suggested Texts and Materials

Modern Carpentry, 12th Edition, Wagner, Smith