Electrical Wiring Basics

Course Number: CT 110
Transcript Title: Electrical Wiring Basics
Created: March 25, 2021
Updated: March 25, 2021
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 60 or MTH 98, RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Provides basic knowledge of electrical wiring and AC and DC circuits. Introduces electrical codes, ordinances, print reading and electricity fundamentals. Prerequisites: MTH 60 or MTH 98, RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit Available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Utilize basic electrical terms.
  2. Apply basic electrical theory.
  3. Recognize limits of basic electrical training.
  4. Use approved practices for simple wiring installation tasks.
  5. Perform simple electrical troubleshooting.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcomes are assessed through a combination of hands-on and written assessments.  Priority is given to hands-on proficiency based assessment in an environment that requires demonstration of skills necessary for success in industry.

Texts and Materials

Modern Carpentry, 12th Edition, Wagner, Smith

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 (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: Perform simple electrical troubleshooting
  • Demonstrate testing of receptacles, switches and fixtures
  • Utilize devices designed to protect electrical conductors from damage