Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Engineered Systems Design


Introduction to engineered systems design. Topics include heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics as they relate to HVACR systems as well as an introduction to building thermal load calculations and basic air distribution design. The different types of equipment and the proper selection for each application are covered. (Formerly BHV310) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACR236 and ACR238. Fall Only.

Heating and Cooling System Configurations


Introduction to the design methodology used in residential and commercial environmental comfort systems. Topics include the requirements of sizing and selecting equipment, distribution systems controls, and other devices necessary for efficient system design installation. Study also covers site appraisals and bioclimatic. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PLH236 and PLH238. Fall Only.

Advanced Cooling System Design


Advanced course in HVAC design. Study covers topics that require special design needs, such as computer rooms, clean rooms, laboratories and test chambers. Emphasis on the proper design of these systems and differences they have from standard cooling applications. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BHV310 or BHV311. Spring Only.

Advanced Heating Design


Study of the techniques used in the design of various commercial hydronic heating systems. Introduction to requirements of sizing and selecting equipment, distribution systems, controls and other devices necessary for efficient system design, installation and operation. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BHV315 or BHV316. Spring Only.

Advanced HVAC/R Control Systems


Basic control systems theory and design. Additional topics include control systems and wiring diagrams, sensors, and network communications. Custom control strategies are developed and programmed. Systems used for commercial air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, and energy management are analyzed. (Formerly BHV370) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ELT252. Fall Only.

Commercial Refrigeration Systems Design


Operation, design, and application of commercial systems. The use, installation, and design of refrigeration systems used in stores, supermarkets, and industry is covered. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACR111 and ACR237 and ELT253 or ACR111 and ACR236 and ACR238 and ELT253. Fall Only.

Environmental Impacts of the HVAC Industry


Study of the impacts of the HVAC industry on the natural environment in the U.S. and the world, including the social and technological responses to these environmental impacts. Central topics include pollution sources, the extent and forms of water, air and solid waste pollution, health effects, the historical growth of the environmental movement and the HVAC industry, and technological responses to HVAC related pollutants. Other important topics include refrigerant use and management, fuel spills and storage, stack emissions and green buildings. Emphasis on the place technological development and energy efficiency has in reducing negative environmental impact. Formal and informal writing is required. (Formerly BHV 430) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BHV320 and BHV325 and ENL111 and MTH180. (Science, Technology and Society, Writing Enriched)

Mechanical System Design


Expanded study of mechanical system design methodologies and commercial software applications related to project management and engineering analysis. Topics include building mechanical systems and varied applications ranging from clean rooms to refrigerated containers. Concepts and practices include those related to project management, energy management, indoor air quality control, fire protection systems and large piping systems. Software includes finite element analysis (FEA) and MS Project. Course work includes working in small teams, investigating commercial HVAC projects, identifying design strategies, designing systems, and developing project plans. (Formerly BHV 435) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BHV320 and BHV325. Spring Only.

Senior Project


Capstone course for students in the BHV program. Students select a HVAC/R related subject of personal interest and design a practical mechanical system. Design activities include research, analysis, equipment specification and project planning. Projects are presented in both written and oral formats. The course includes lectures on various current topics related to HVAC/R. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BHV320 and BHV325 and BHV365 and BHV400. Corequisite(s): BHV432. Spring Only.