ELMT 1411
Solar Fundamentals

Western Texas College

  1. Course Description - This course is the study of heat transference, motors, pumps, and other mechanical devices; solid state switches; photovoltaic plates and energy conversion; thermal dynamic; and solar energy.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate safe and proper work habits - OSHA
    2. Students will gain experience with storage and distribution of heat energy through the solar thermal process
    3. Gains skills in troubleshooting PV systems
    4. Determine electrical values for combination circuits in direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) containing resistance, inductance and capacitance
    5. Utilize electrical measuring instruments
  3. Prerequisites - None
  4. Required Textbook -
    1. Book:  Solar Electric Handbook Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications
      Author: Solar Energy International ISBN: 978-1-256-91816-5
    2. Book:  Solar Water Heating Systems Fundamentals and Installation
      Author: American Technical Publishers ISBN: 978-0-8269-1279-4
  5. Reference Textbooks
    1. Book:  Electric Wiring Commercial
      Author: Simmons Mullin ISBN: 978-1-285-18685-6
  6. Grading Policy
    1. All required work must be turned in on time. Assigned outside work is due at the beginning of the class period assigned. Late work is accepted at a 10 point deduction per day late; however, additional consideration is subject to instructor discretion for exceptional circumstances.

    Midterm Exam..............................25%
    Final Exam...................................35%

    1. Midterm Exam -The midterm exam will consist of multiple-choice questions and have a few short-answer responses. The material on the test will cover material from units 1- 5.
    2. Final Exam - The final exam will be comprehensive in nature and will cover material from all semester. The exam will have multiple-choice questions and short- answer responses.
    3. Quizzes Discussions - Four quizzes will be given throughout the semester over the student learning outcomes. The lowest score of the four quizzes will be dropped.
  7. Student Attendance - Discussion will be based on the assigned reading material assigned the week before. Reading the material is mandatory and will allow for students to discuss the topics successfully.

    Class attendance will be taken weekly. Students shall coordinate anticipated absences with the instructor. The attendance policy established by the College will be applied in determining student attendance. This includes the reporting of three hours of unexcused absences to the Counseling Center by the instructor and an administrative drop for repeated attendance policy violations.

  8. Conduct and Academic Dishonesty - Students will come to class prepared to participate in the learning process and that part of this preparation will include the demonstration of mature and purposeful behavior. The College Code of Conduct and College Academic Integrity Policies will be followed with no exceptions.
  9. Dropping Class - Students may drop or add classes from pre-registration through the regular registration day without a fee. In order to drop a class after the regular registration date, a student must obtain a Drop Form from the Counseling Office, have the instructor of the class he or she is dropping sign the form, and take the form to the Registrar’s Office and pay the $5 fee that is required.
  10. Disability Policy - Any student who requires special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided.
  11. Course Schedule

Safety, Basic Electricity, and Ohm’s Law

  • Safety Overview
  • Atomic Structures
  • Electrical Quantities and Ohm’s Law
  • Static Electricity/ Magnetism/Resistors

Solar Thermal Project

  • Fundamentals of heat, motors, pumps and mechanical transference
  • Thermal Dynamics

Basic Electric Circuits

  • Series Circuits
  • Parallel Circuits
  • Combination Circuits
  • Solid State Switches

Class Project 2 – Trainer

  • Wiring AC and DC circuits
  • Troubleshooting Circuits
  • Bending Conduit

Electrical Layout

  • Draw diagrams and Layout
  • Reading Blueprints

Class Project 1 – Wiring Project

  • Outlet Installation
  • Bill Sheet



Last Modified: September 26, 2016