CIMEL-104: Controls and Instrumentation—Fundamentals

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
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Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Controls and Instrumentation—Fundamentals
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
23.50 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
23.50 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
CIMEL-103 or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Explores soldering techniques and Electromagnetic/Static considerations when handling, replacing, and repairing of electronic components. Also discusses various troubleshooting methodologies.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To provide students the fundamentals of Control and Instrumentation, utilizing digital learning materials and hands-on labs.

Core Course Topics
  1. Theory of soldering and the proper use of soldering tools including wicks and suckers.
  2. Troubleshooting methodologies including: the Simpler Method and Half Splitting.
  3. Circuit diagnostic indications of faulted components, shorts and opens.
  4. Electrical Static Discharge and Electromagnetic Interference concerns with modern technology.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate the proper use of soldering equipment to remove and install electronic components and to create splices. 2. Develop a graphical representation of the troubleshooting methods used to isolate faults in a sequencing machine and an electronic circuit. * 3. Demonstrate the ability to isolate faults in circuits to include failed components, shorts and opens and use common test equipment. 4. Demonstrate common methods of preventing Electrical Static Discharge when handling and soldering electronic components and modules.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

• Pre and Post exams
• Completion of assigned labs evaluated using standard rubrics (see Division).


See Division for required texts/materials.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Successful completion of current Post Assessment (85%) and instructor assessment of lab activities.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date