May 28, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AE 3651 - Building Illumination and Communications Design

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
The illumination design topics include outdoor lighting and specifications. Communication topics include telephone systems, cable systems, LAN systems, emergency systems, exit lighting, backup batteries and generators. The electrical design project is continued in this course. (prereq: AE 3621 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify requirements for all building low voltage control systems, including data, security, fire alarm, telephone, sound, time. Wiring methods will include both copper conductors and fiber optics
  • Be familiar with basic physics of light
  • Select proper lighting levels in a space for specified building uses
  • Calculate lighting levels or lighting fixture requirements for specific rooms or locations using the Zonal Cavity Method, Visual Basic and Visual Advanced computer programs
  • Understand the need for Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs. Be able to design such systems and comply with their special requirements
  • Draw the wiring for light switches controlled from 3 or more locations
  • Design lighting systems using 277V or 120V. Understand the advantages of each voltage
  • Draw a room in plan view, indicating lighting circuits, conductors, and home runs to a supply panel

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic mathematics / pre-college level
  • Basic power calculations from AE 3611  
  • Basic lighting calculations from AE 3621  

Course Topics
  • Introduction (1 class)
  • Building Low Voltage Systems (8 classes)
  • Guest Speaker: Light and Architecture (2 classes)
  • Types of Lights (5 classes)
  • Light Calculations (5 classes)
  • Design (6 classes)
  • Energy Efficiency (3 classes)
  • Design Project (4 classes)
  • Emergency Lights and Exit Signs (2 classes)
  • Exams & Review (4 classes)

Dudley Outcalt

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