ELR290 - Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics for Fire Alarms

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Subject Title
Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics for Fire Alarms

Subject Description
This subject covers the fundamental elements of electricity in both a lecture and lab setting.  Students acquire an understanding of electrical principles and the purpose of resistance, conductors and power supplies found in a circuit, as well as the functionality of electrical components as they relate to fire alarm systems.  In order to accomplish this, students will obtain practical experience working with a digital multi-meter as they are used extensively in the labs.
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. Calculate voltage, resistance, and current in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
  2. Understand how to use a multimeter to measure current, voltage, and resistance.
  3. Differentiate from the various types of relays and identify their functionality.
  4. Describe how diodes and capacitors work relative to fire alarm devices.
  5. Identify the components (transformer, rectifier, filter & regulator) of a fire alarm power supply and describe their individual function.
  6. Understand the basics of digital system components and interpret an input/output matrix.

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.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

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

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.