TAPT-130: Process Technology Systems

Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Process Tech. Practices
Course Number
Course Title
Process Technology Systems
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
TAPT-100 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Studies the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. Examines how to arrange process equipment into basic systems; describes the purpose and function of specific process systems; explains how factors affecting process systems are controlled under normal conditions; introduces the concept of system and plant economics; and explores how to recognize abnormal process conditions.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Process Systems
  2. Systems Overview, Potable and Fire Water Systems, Service/Utility and Waste Water Systems, and Cooling Water Systems
  3. Instrument/Utility/Breathing Air Systems, and Nitrogen/Natural Gas/Fuel Gas Systems
  4. Relief and Flare/Electrical Power Generation and Distribution Systems
  5. Material Storage
  6. Blending Systems
  7. Refrigeration Systems
  8. Steam Generation and Distribution Systems
  9. Reaction Systems
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe the purpose of a system.*
  2. Identify the basic equipment components found in a system.
  3. Explain the purpose of equipment components found in a system.*
  4. Define terms associated with the system.
  5. Explain the system theory of operation.
  6. Analyze variables that must be controlled to ensure proper operation of the system.*
  7. Describe factors that affect normal system operation.
  8. Identify system instrumentation.
  9. Trace flows through a system on a process flow diagram.*
  10. Discuss the specific safety, health, and environmental concerns associated with the system.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be required to complete Chapter Reviews as assigned. Each Chapter Review will have an assigned point value.
Students will be administered four online Module Exams. Module Exams will cover specific course material as assigned.
Students will be required to participate in a minimum of four online discussions of select topics using an online Discussion Board.
Students will be administered an online comprehensive Final Exam.
Students will be required to maintain a student spreadsheet - recording attendance, Chapter Review scores, Discussion Board scores, Module Exam scores, and Final Exam score. Completed spreadsheet will be turned in and will be used as part of the calculation of the final grade.
The scores of the scheduled Chapter Reviews, Module Exams, Discussion Boards, Final Exam, and Student Spreadsheet will be used to calculate the semester grade.


Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date