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Courses - May 2023

Level 1

Course details

Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Building Envelope
ERGY8140

Description:

This course will present the composition and assembly of the building envelope and its effect on energy performance. The building envelope includes windows, doors, structural requirements, infiltration, and maintenance requirements. There will be an emphasis on how the building envelope can also be used as an opportunity to enhance building performance while maintaining a desired modern appearance. Students will also learn the code requirements including compliance with fire ratings, noise and vibration, sound transmission rating, limiting moisture transfer and structural stability.

Industry-used practices and details will be presented and discussed including thermal bridging, cavity drainage, expansion joints, joints, restoration and other common methods that have been used and improved.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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CAD-BIM
ERGY8150

Description:

In this course, the students will utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in developing a multidisciplinary design project and construction drawings. The students will be introduced to building industry’s standard project design phasing, and the requirements for design and construction drawings in each phase. The phases are: Schematic Design, Design Development and Construction Documents.

The course assignments and projects will simulate the continuous design process of an industry typical project, each completed assignment and project will represent a step towards completing the final project for this course. The course will allow students to develop CAD and BIM skills including the applied practices of building systems analysis layouts, elevations, grading, details, and sections.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Building Management System
ERGY8160

Description:

Advanced technology is being applied to building systems enabling automation of the sequence of control and operation. The students in this course will be able to apply the theory of sustainability using readily available software and hardware. The case study will include residential, commercial and institutional buildings. The students will learn how to turn a building into a smart building using economical direct digital controls. The building automation and energy management is essential to optimize the use of energy and reduce operating cost as well as streamline maintenance by using the ability to continuously monitor the systems.

The building management system course will also reflect the effectiveness of keeping operators and building owners informed, engaged, and connected with their customized automation. The integration between energy management and other systems in the building will also be discussed similar to interlocking with the energy management system with security system and alarm management. Students will also be informed about the communication protocols used in the industry and how it is crucial to align the energy management system implantation strategy with vision of future expansion and integration

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Energy Reduction and Sustainability
ERGY8170

Description:

This course will explain methods being developed and used in the industry to cut costs of energy, fuel, and waste. The course will also look at greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the efforts in the industry to emit less pollutants. Students will learn to balance the reduction of GHG emissions and energy costs. Students will also learn how companies and institutions quantify GHG emissions using the GHG protocols and how to forecast the costs/benefits of GHG emission reduction strategies. In addition, the course will look at how to create an emission reduction plan and track it. The course will introduce students to programs available by various levels of the Canadian government which are aimed at standards compliance, as well as programs that offer grants and incentives for energy and/or GHG emission reduction. Students will also learn how to use software to simulate the energy and GHG savings from common energy efficiency measures and apply this software to sample case projects. Finally, the course will provide students with strategies for keeping abreast of industry and regulatory changes and how to engage businesses to implement energy management and sustainable business strategies.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Energy and Utilities
ERGY8180

Description:

This course explores how energy is used within a building and the potential for building energy reduction. The energy and utilities used within a building can reach up to 40% of operating costs and this course will identify various methods and programs available to deal with energy reduction and utility management. Students will focus on the electrical, water and fossil fuel use in buildings. Utility bill analysis techniques will be used to identify patterns and energy reduction opportunities using real world datasets. The course will include a review of the most recent government programs that are available to support energy reduction projects.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Building Heat Transfer
ERGY8190

Description:

This course offers a review of heat transfer principles and a practical approach to how the theory of heat transfer is applied to the building envelope and mechanical heating and cooling equipment. Examples will include how to apply heat transfer equations to building systems.

The objective of this course is to explore the practical implications of the heat transfer laws for building system and building envelope behaviour, and to develop student problem solving skills using heat transfer in real-world systems and applications.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Level 2

Course details

Contract Administration and Management
ADMN8050

Description:

The course in this program will focus on the practical aspects of contract administration and quality management. This will include the basic principles of construction contracts, types of contracts, types of estimates, procurement, construction project management, review of risk analysis, project execution, health and safety on the jobsite and scheduling. The course will include shop drawings review procedures, change orders, site instructions, communication, workers relation, minutes of meetings and quality assurance. The applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the lien act, the process of payments, holdbacks and overall budget control will also be presented with examples and scenarios.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Technical Reports and Grant Applications
COMM8510

Description:

The focus of this course will be to provide students with the skills to make technical repots focused, clear, and objective. The elements of the course will include identification of the audience, the goal of the report, the flow of information, the selection of vocabulary, the use of plain language, and organization of supporting technical data. The course will improve the ability of students to communicate technical information with precision including findings, analysis, and recommendation in a way that it will capture the audience understanding. The lectures will also emphasis on making proper references to the source of information or data in the report.

The course will also include examples about grants application. The grants are dynamics; however, they often require supporting technical data. Preparation of grants application will require skills to make proper assumptions if needed and collect accurate information as well as provide financial data in many cases. This process will be demonstrated by using real life examples for practice.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Energy Codes and Practices
ERGY8200

Description:

This course will introduce students to the codes and standards that are being used in design and construction. These codes and standards are normally enforced by local building plans examiners and inspectors during the process of building applications. The course will review the building code, amendments, ASHRAE standards and energy codes. The course will include a road map about where and how to find applicable codes and how to avoid being confused about the various rules and regulations that are circulating in the industry. The focus will be on building systems including new construction, renovation and building audits.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Energy Modeling and Auditing Project
ERGY8210

Description:

This course will utilize the knowledge base covered in the previous courses in this program and apply it to an energy modeling and auditing project. Large buildings often require energy modeling during the planning and design stages to demonstrate compliance with standards in terms of limiting the use of fuel and electricity and auditing several years after occupancy to identify energy efficiency measures. The energy modeling and auditing will include architectural review, mechanical and electrical input. Students will be able to correlate the information required as input to the modeling software.

Students will be given a project to work on and develop the energy modeling and auditing report. If the building is existing, they will need to either visit the site or review previous assessment reports and utility data where available. The course will introduce commonly available software in the industry similar to Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) RETSCreen Expert and eQUEST. The software will be available for use by the students.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Renewable Energy
ERGY8220

Description:

The course will include a review of the common sources of renewable energy generation and energy storage technologies. This will include application, limitation, cost analysis, design challenges, regulations and other factor affecting the design and installation of solar energy systems, wind energy systems, hydropower, geothermal energy, biomass energy and battery energy storage systems. Students will learn how to review and evaluate the essential elements required for each renewable energy and energy storage system including energy generation/storage potential, efficiency, regulations, permits, required land space, maintenance, cost analysis and lifecycle. Students will also integrate their knowledge base from other course such as applicable grants and energy modeling.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Building Commissioning and Environmental Quality
MGMT8305

Description:

This course will focus on the building commissioning which is an integral part of construction project and environmental quality within the building envelop. The course will outline the process of building commissioning which is distinctively different from systems testing and balancing. The students will learn that building commissioning can be part of the design and construction. Technical skills and understanding of the sequence of control, energy management and building automation will be presented and the integration explained. The building commissioning is also essential to maintain indoor air and water quality. The course will show methods and examples how the commissioning can be essential for the success of the construction project and assist in meeting the intent of the design. The lectures will include methods, procedures, scheduling and executing the static and dynamics commissioning segments during the planning and construction process.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Program outcomes

  1. Identify and differentiate between diverse types of building systems being used in the industry. Using drawings and schematics in the class will enable students to review drawings and systems shown and relate to the intent of the design.
  2. Apply building energy analysis and methods to implement sustainable programs to comply with latest standards and building sustainability. The carbon footprint will also be part of the energy analysis.
  3. Provide building review and analysis outlining the systems being used, methods to improve performance and life cycle analysis.
  4. Integrate renewable energy into building systems including solar systems, geothermal, cistern for harvesting rainwater, building automation and other applicable programs.
  5. Apply methods to improve indoor air quality including implementation of modern technology similar to ultraviolet and magnetic field to deal with airborne bacteria and viruses.
  6. Review and recommend methods to perform building energy analysis and simulation using market available software and government sponsored programs.
  7. Perform root cause analysis to identify building systems issues and make recommendations to resolve and upgrade the systems. This will include applying technical skills, calculations and building systems principles.
  8. Differentiate between commissioning and systems balancing. Methods of performing energy modeling, analysis, and review of available grants.
  9. Understand the role of building management systems in controlling sequence of operation, building system automation, maintenance assistance, optimization of system operation and energy reduction strategies.
  10. Apply the knowledge base in a practical project and demonstrate how the various building systems and energy optimization can be applied supported by financial analysis.