Feb 25, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog

AMS3182 HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING COURSE PROCEDURE


AMS3182 HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING

4 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year and to area high school vocational students.

Catalog Description:

AMS3182 - Heating and Air Conditioning (4 hrs.)

This course will enable the student to gain basic understanding and hands on experience utilizing industry standard procedures in the diagnosing and repair of heating and air conditioning systems. Topics presented throughout the course cover all related refrigerant system components, heating, ventilation, and engine cooling systems. Also provides training on refrigerant recovery and handling in accordance with strict federal government guidelines.

Course Classification:

Lecture/Lab

Prerequisites:

None

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge concerning entry-level skills contained in the sequenced competencies, for success, after graduation from the Automotive Technology Program.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify the principles and procedures of air conditioning components.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: A/C System Diagnosis and Repair

Outcomes: The student will demonstrate a broad knowledge of the A/C system and obtain general diagnostic skills.

  • Identify and interpret heating and air conditioning concern; determine necessary action.
  • Research applicable vehicle and service information, such as heating and air conditioning system operation, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins.
  • Locate and interpret vehicle and major component identification numbers (VIN, vehicle cert. labels, calibration decals).
  • Performance test A/C system; diagnose A/C system malfunctions using principles of refrigeration.
  • Diagnose abnormal operation noises in the A/C system; determine necessary action.
  • Identify refrigerant type; conduct a performance test of the A/C system; determine necessary action.
  • Leak test A/C system; determine necessary action.
  • Inspect the condition of discharged oil; determine necessary action.
  • Determine recommended oil for system application.
  • Identify and interpret heating and air conditioning concern; determine necessary action.
  • Research applicable vehicle and service information, such as heating and air conditioning system operation, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins.
  • Locate and interpret vehicle and major component identification numbers (VIN, vehicle cert. labels, calibration decals).
  • Performance test A/C system; diagnose A/C system malfunctions using principles of refrigeration.

UNIT 2: Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repair (Compressor and Clutch)

Outcomes: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the A/C refrigeration system (compressor and clutch) to include diagnosis and repair.

  • Diagnose A/C system conditions that cause the protection devices (pressure, thermal, and PCM) to interrupt system operation; determine necessary action.
  • Inspect A/C compressor drive belts; determine necessary action.
  • Inspect, test, and/or replace A/C compressor clutch components and/or assembly.
  • Remove and reinstall A/C compressor and mountings; measure oil quantity; determine necessary action.

UNIT 3: Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repair (Evaporator, Condenser, and Related Components)

Outcomes: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the A/C refrigeration system (evaporator, condenser) to include diagnosis and repair.

  • Determine need for an additional A/C system filter; perform necessary action.
  • Remove and inspect A/C system mufflers, hoses, lines, fittings, O-rings, seals, and service valves; perform necessary action.
  • Inspect A/C condenser for airflow restrictions; perform necessary action.
  • Remove and reinstall receiver/drier or accumulator/drier; measure oil quantity; determine necessary action.
  • Remove and install expansion valve or orifice (expansion) tube.
  • Inspect evaporator housing water drain; perform necessary action.
  • Remove and reinstall evaporator; measure oil quantity; determine necessary action.
  • Remove and reinstall condenser; measure oil quantity; determine necessary action.
  • Inspect A/C condenser for airflow restrictions; perform necessary action.

UNIT 4: Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repair (Heating, Ventilation, and Engine Cooling Systems Diagnosis and Repair)

Outcomes: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the A/C refrigeration system (heating, ventilation, and engine cooling) to include diagnosis and repair.

  • Diagnose temperature control problems in the heater/ventilation system; determine necessary action.
  • Perform cooling system, cap, and recovery system tests (pressure, combustion leakage, and temperature); determine necessary action.
  • Inspect engine cooling and heater system hoses and belts; perform necessary action.
  • Inspect, test, and replace thermostat and housing.
  • Determine coolant condition and coolant type for vehicle application; drain and recover coolant.
  • Flush system; refill system with recommended coolant; bleed system.
  • Inspect and test cooling fan, fan clutch, fan shroud, and air dams; perform necessary action.
  • Inspect and test electric cooling fan, fan control system and circuits; determine necessary action.
  • Inspect and test heater control valve(s); perform necessary action.
  • Remove and reinstall heater core.

UNIT 5: Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repair (Operating Systems and Related Controls Diagnosis and Repair)

Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of the heating, ventilation and A/C systems and perform common tests related to each system.

  • Diagnose malfunctions in the electrical controls of heating, ventilation, and A/C (HVAC) systems; determine necessary action.
  • Inspect and test A/C-heater blower, motors, resistors, switches, relays, wiring, and protection devices; perform necessary action.
  • Test and diagnose A/C compressor clutch control systems; determine necessary action.
  • Diagnose malfunctions in the vacuum and mechanical components and controls of the heating, ventilation, and A/C (HVAC) system; determine necessary action.
  • Inspect and test A/C heater control panel assembly; determine necessary action.
  • Inspect and test A/C-heater control cables and linkages; perform necessary action.
  • Inspect A/C-heater ducts, doors, hoses, cabin filters and outlets; perform necessary action.
  • Check operation of automatic and semi-automatic heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) control systems; determine necessary action.

UNIT 6: Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repari (Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling, and Handling)

Outcomes: The student will demonstrate the ability to perform routine A/C tests and properly work with refrigerant.

  • Perform correct use and maintenance of refrigerant handling equipment.
  • Identify (by label application or use of a refrigerant identifier) and recover A/C system refrigerant.
  • Recycle refrigerant.
  • Label and store refrigerant.
  • Test recycled refrigerant for non-condensable gases.
  • Evacuate and charge A/C system.

Projects Required:

Various, refer to syllabus

Textbook:

Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.