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Course ID: PRM138
Title: Apartment Home Electrical Systems
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 1.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 12072

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Textbook: There is no textbook for this course. Readings are found in the actual lessons or via Web sites or other external sources that are listed and linked in the lessons.

Additional Materials: Videos, practice scenarios, and tutorials are included in many of the lessons.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Overview of maintenance and operations of electrical systems for the apartment home. Includes make- ready tasks related to electrical work for apartment maintenance technician. Covers electrical safety, circuits and wiring. Also covers procedures and equipment for electrical repairs.
Official Course Prerequisites
Prerequisites: None.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Identify and describe the basic components of an apartment home electrical system.
  2. Explain terms related to the flow of electrical current.
  3. Summarize compliance issues with local, state, and federal regulations of apartment home electrical systems.
  4. Identify potential electrical safety hazards.
  5. Demonstrate procedures for protection from potential electrical safety hazards.
  6. Identify various tools, supplies, and equipment needed for basic electrical apartment home repairs and maintenance.
  7. Demonstrate ability to use various tools, supplies, and equipment needed for basic electrical apartment home repairs and maintenance.
  8. Define types of electrical current, circuits, and wiring.
  9. Differentiate between types of wire and cable in electrical systems and their uses.
  10. Explain the basic parts of a service panel and its operation.
  11. Complete basic apartment home electrical repairs and installation.
  12. Explain when to involve a licensed electrical professional.

Course Requirements

Failure to successfully submit the first two assignments by the due dates listed may result in the student being withdrawn from the course for lack of active participation.

  1. You must complete all course assessments listed in your online gradebook to be eligible for a passing grade. Check the link on the Course Homepage for due dates.
  2. You are allowed to submit your assignments, including quizzes, only one time unless you have permission from your instructor to resubmit an assignment.
  3. You are expected to write at a college level. Use the grading matrix (if applicable) to see how your assignments will be evaluated. Edit your work carefully before submitting it to your instructor.
  4. Keep a copy of all assignments that you submit.
  5. Contact your instructor if you have any questions while you are enrolled in the course.
  6. Assignments must be submitted by the specified due date. If you find that you need an extension on an assignment, contact your instructor before the scheduled due date. Individual instructors will determine whether or not to grant the extension. If you do not apply for an extension, or an extension is not granted, your instructor will decide whether or not to accept the work and if points will be deducted.
  7. Each student must submit his or her own original work, as outlined in the plagiarism section in the syllabus. Plagiarism can include, but is not limited to:
    • submitting work that is not your own
    • submitting work that is copied directly from another source such as another student, a Web site, or a print source without proper citation
    • submitting work that is paraphrased or summarized from another source without proper citation.
  8. Assignments must include information summarized in your own words and personal examples in addition to quoted information from properly cited sources.
  9. You must earn an average of 60% or higher on the exam(s) and/or Midterm/Final Project(s) in order to be eligible to pass the course.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a one credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least one hour on course content and at least two hours on homework for a total of at least three hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Essay or written assignments will be graded based on content, incorporation of course and text concepts, and quality of writing. Even though this is not a writing course, college level writing is expected of all students. Essays should be formatted properly; spell checked; and reviewed for grammar, word usage, and sentence construction before being submitted. Proper formatting of essay assignments includes:

  • an introductory paragraph where your main ideas are presented,
  • body paragraph(s) where your ideas are described in detail and supported with references to the text (references are required), and
  • a concluding paragraph which ties everything together.

Students are expected to include citations or references to the text or other sources to support their ideas. Proper citation format for a reference includes the name of the authors, the date of publication, and the page number as shown in the following example: (Levy & Weitz, 2007, p. 25).

The following matrix describes how essays will be evaluated.

Criterion         Weight
Demonstrates understanding of the issues No understanding to incorrect understanding Correct understanding with insufficient supporting rationale Correct understanding with sufficient supporting rationale Correct understanding with excellent supporting rationale 30%
Suggests logical problem-solving solutions Solutions not suggested Solutions are suggested, but problem-solving logic is flawed. Solutions are logical. Alternative logical solutions are suggested. 25%
Applies key course concepts and terms to support solutions and conclusions Key course concepts and terms not applied or applied incorrectly Key course concepts and terms applied incorrectly or seldom applied correctly Key course concepts and terms applied sufficiently throughout answers Key course concepts and terms applied correctly and exceptionally well throughout answers 30%
Format, grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation Ineffective introduction, body, or conclusion; gross grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors Appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion; frequent grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors Appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion; few grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors Excellent introduction, body, and conclusion; no grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors 15%

Grading Procedure

There are 285 possible points for this course.
Lesson 1 Quiz = 20 points
Lesson 2 Quiz = 20 points
Lesson 3 Short Answer = 25 Points
Lesson 4 Quiz = 20 points
Lesson 5 Quiz = 20 points
Lesson 6 Quiz = 20 points
Final Exam = 160 Points
Total = 285

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

257 - 285 points = A (90% - 100%)
228 - 256 points = B (80% - 89%)
200 - 227 points = C (70% - 79%)
171 - 199 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 170 points = F (0% - 59%)

Please Note: There is no extra credit available for this course.

The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible. It is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than what is indicated by the total points that you receive. There will be no point adjustments made for such things as class participation or other subjective factors.


There is one at-home exam in this course.

Please review the "Grading Procedure and Scale" portion of your syllabus for details about how many points the exam is worth.

  • The final exam will consist of three parts, matching, true/false and multiple-choice questions. There are a total of 160 points possible. It covers all six lessons and materials.

Check your Gradebook for specific due dates for your exam.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. See detailed information about the (P/Z) option here.

Submitting Assignments

There is one short-answer assignment. Follow this process for submission.

Compose your response in a word processing program. Run spell check and review your grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Review your work to make sure that you have completely answered all questions. Save your work onto your computer. Copy the work by simultaneously holding down the “Ctrl” and “A” keys to select the text and then simultaneously holding down the “Ctrl” and “C” keys to copy it. Click on the link below the assignment in the lesson to open up the online Submit form for the assessment. Paste the document into the online submit box by putting your cursor into the top of the Submit box and then simultaneously holding down the “Ctrl” and “V” keys. Click on the Submit link at the bottom of the page to send the work to your instructor.

When you have finished, you will need to close the browser window to return to your course.

Note: Keep a copy of all your assignments. If for some reason your work is lost, you can then submit a copy to your instructor for a grade.

Hints for Success

Your success in this course will depend to a great degree on the amount of effort that you devote to carefully reading your lessons and external readings, reviewing the learning objectives for each lesson, answering any review questions at the end of the chapters, and practicing the key terms for the chapters. In addition, you should stay in touch with your instructor and let him/her know of any questions or concerns that you have during the course.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

The following images were used to create graphics for this course and are allowable by either the GNU free Documentation License (version 1.2 or later), Creative Commons License (in particular, Attribution), or are in the public domain.

Lesson 1 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY-ND 2.0 / CC BY 2.0 / CC BY-NC 2.0 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY-NC 2.0 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY-SA 2.0

Lesson 2 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Lesson 3

Lesson 4 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC 2.0 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY 2.0 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC 2.0 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / CC BY-NC 2.0

Lesson 5 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CC BY 2.0

Lesson 6
Flourescent circuit diagram

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your Gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via Riolearn at least one week prior to the due date. You can request a due date change on the Due Dates tab in Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion. Instructors are not obligated to approve extension requests and will typically do so only if the student has been submitting work on time and in the appropriate format.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request for an extension.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

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