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2015 - 2016 Catalog
Course Descriptions for Commercial Building Performance Technology


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ENER 1370 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Building Electrical and Lighting Systems
This is a Local Need Course.
Course Description: Principles of electricity as required in commercial building, including basic electricity theory, electrical circuits, building electrical system design, component functions, motors and variable frequency drives. Basic study of light and building lighting systems. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 1371 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Sustainable Sites/Water Efficiency
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 1370.
Course Description: A LEED process of Sustainable Sites and water efficiency. Focuses on how to minimize negative impacts from the development and construction process and how to improve on previously contaminated sites". Focuses on water efficient landscaping, innovative wastewater technologies, and water use reduction. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 1372 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Sustainable Materials and Resources
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 1371.
Course Description: A LEED process focusing on sustainable materials and resources. Includes building reuse, construction water management, material reuse, recycled content, regional materials, rapidly renewable materials, and certified wood. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 1373 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Fundamentals of Building Energy Technology
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 1372.
Course Description: An introduction to various building energy systems and related technologies, first and second laws of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer theory, building thermal loads, and basic principles of refrigeration. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 1374 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Load Calculation in Commercial Building
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 1373.
Course Description: Fundamentals of estimating sensible and latent heat loads related to heat gains from lighting fixtures, humans and devices as well as heat gains and losses through building envelop including building construction materials, insulation and infiltration based on design weather conditions, climate, building orientation and others. Introduces hand calculation methods as well as commercial and non-commercial software used in load calculation. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 1375 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Mechanical Systems in Commercial Buildings
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 1374.
Course Description: A study of classification, design, components, operating mechanism, and application of HVAC in different types of building mechanical systems. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2370 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Energy Conservation Codes and Standards
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 1275.
Course Description: A basic study on enforcement and compliance with energy conservation codes. Emphasizes understanding of the purpose and scope of the energy requirements and discusses basic requirements, compliance, and action items. Uses computer software and code documents to determine compliance with energy conservation codes. Emphasizes gathering data from building plans and manufacturers' specifications. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2371 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Indoor Environmental Quality
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 2371.
Course Description: A study of the methods for improving the indoor environmental quality and thermal comfort associated with buildings. Emphasizes identifying materials, system operation, and human behavior both inside and outside the buildings that impact environmental conditions. Includes best practice strategies. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2372 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Engineering Economics, Accounting and Analysis
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: HART 1451.
Course Description: Methods for evaluating the economic basis or comparing the cost effectiveness of competing investments. Discuss various methods used to evaluate investment in energy conservation measures and retrofit options such as simple payback, time value of money, discount rate, and life cycle cost analysis. Provides methods of collecting utility data by energy types, benchmarking a facility's energy use, and analyzing energy data. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2373 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Fundamentals of Building Commissioning
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 2378.
Course Description: A process of ensuring that building systems are designed, installed, functionally tested, and capable of being operated and maintained according to the owner's operational needs. Covers all aspects of building commissioning, including project scheduling, roles and responsibilities of the project team, new building commissioning, retro- and re-commissioning of existing buildings, system by system commissioning requirements, TAB and verification procedures, the LEED rating system, building code issues, and commissioning tools and technologies. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2374 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Building Energy Systems: Boilers, Chillers, Combined Heat, Power, Solar, and Thermal Storage
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: RBPT 2345.
Course Description: A study in the methods to improve the performance and reduce the cost of solar-driven space cooling technology for small to medium sized commercial buildings. Improve electricity system reliability by reducing electrical consumption during peak demand created by cooling commercial buildings. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2375 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

LEED Rating
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 2371.
Course Description: A course for summarizing the skills needed to rate building for LEED certification and documentation. Laboratory activities involve LEED ratings in actual buildings. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2376 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Measurement and Verification
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 2370.
Course Description: Methods to determine energy savings resulting from the implementation of energy conservation ensures (ECM) and performance contracting. Introduces various measurement and verification (M&V) plans appropriate to different types of contracts and instrumentation of measurement tools. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2377 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Building Automation and Control Systems
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 2376.
Course Description: A study of HVAC and refrigeration control including component control through building automation system (BAS) or energy management and control system (EMCS). Focuses on physical impacts to individual components as well as integrated systems corresponding to the control systems. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2378 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Energy Conservation Measures
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 2377.
Course Description: A study of principles of energy conservation measures (ECM) and strategies to implement ECMs in practice. Includes ECMs of envelop, lighting, HVAC systems, energy management and control systems (ECMS), central utility plants, thermal storage, heat recovery, combined heat and power, electrical systems, and others. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ENER 2379 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Energy Auditing
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ENER 2375.
Course Description: A capstone course in commercial building energy auditing practices, including economic aspects of energy engineering, utilities, contracting, and energy auditing procedures. Lab practice includes energy auditing in actual buildings and reviews the techniques and procedures. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


ETWR 1191 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Special Topics in Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledges, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec.)


ETWR 1302 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Introduction to Technical Writing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to the principles, techniques, and skills needed for scientific, technical, and business writing. (3 Lec.)


ETWR 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at BHC

Advanced Technical Writing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Study of the principles, techniques, and skills needed for college level scientific, technical, and business writing. (3 Lec.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.


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