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2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 3601 - Principles of Electrical Engineering for Buildings

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This introductory electrical systems design course presents basic concepts on the design and implementation of building power and lighting systems. Power system topics include AC electrical power calculations, overcurrent protective devices, distribution equipment, transformers, motors, grounding, conductors and conduits. Emphasis is placed on cross-discipline coordination as well as an introduction to the National Electrical Code. Lighting system topics include the introduction to light sources, light fixtures, lighting controls as well as applicable codes and standards. This course features a design project where students are required to generate and present a basic set of electrical design documents. (prereq: EE 201  or AE 2150 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Perform basic single and three phase power calculations, and understand relationships between Apparent Power, Real Power, Reactive Power and Power Factor
  • Identify basic electrical power distribution systems
  • Understand the role of system grounding and equipment grounding for safety and proper system operation
  • Calculate basic short circuit levels available in low voltage distribution systems, based upon transformer sizes and impedances
  • Calculate and select proper size conductors and conduits for various electrical loads
  • select fuses or circuit breakers for various electrical loads, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of protecting with fuses and circuit breakers
  • Draw a basic one-line of an electrical distribution system, indicating the proper sizes of all major components
  • Draw a room in plan view, indicating circuits, conductors, and home runs to a supply panel
  • Select lighting sources and luminaires appropriate to task, function, and space type
  • Calculate illuminance and lighting power density in a typical application

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Electrical current
  • AC steady-state analysis
  • DC circuit analysis

Course Topics
  • Electrical design in buildings
  • Codes and standards including the National Electrical Code
  • Electrical power
  • 3-phase power
  • Short circuits
  • Transformers
  • Motors
  • Conductors
  • Voltage drop
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Coordination with other disciplines
  • Lighting sources and equipment
  • Lighting calculations
  • Lighting controls

Christine Brotz

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