Jun 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 3636 - Communication Systems Design

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
Students will gain an understanding of various low voltage systems and how they function in typical building applications. Data networks, telephone, signaling, multimedia, security, and fire alarm along with the supporting equipment will be studied. Emphasis will be on viewing each low voltage modality as a fully functional system. Practice in specifying and laying out building low voltage systems will cumulate in a final project. Relevant codes and standards will be referenced and integrated into design work. Topics include communication systems, data networks, signaling, multimedia (A/V, videoconferencing), security, fire alarm, monitoring, building automation systems. (prereq: AE 3601 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the various low voltage systems and cabling which are regularly encountered in the design and building construction industry
  • Become a resource to both design and construction professionals to properly coordinate and implement low voltage systems into a building
  • Apply knowledge of codes and standards as they relate to the design of low voltage systems such as Fire Alarm, Telecommunications, and Nurse Call for the protection of human life and physical wellbeing
  • Understand the process of designing and specifying low voltage and telecommunications systems, the infrastructure necessary to facilitate proper installation, and the coordination required with other disciplines of design

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic electrical systems
  • Electrical power calculations

Course Topics
  • Introduction of low voltage and communication systems
  • Principles of signal transmission
  • Network cable and bandwidth
  • Wireless technologies
  • Network equipment
  • Building network infrastructure and topology design
  • Campus network infrastructure
  • Mass notification systems
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Audio, video, multimedia systems
  • Health care systems
  • Building automation systems
  • Integration of systems

Christine Brotz

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