Master Course Outline PPO 102 Power Generation

Master Course Outline
PPO 102
Power Generation
Course Description: A more in-depth study of the basics of electricity including OHM’s Law, volts, amps,
watts, generation, transmission, distribution, 3-phase, series and parallel circuits, and power factor. The
environmental impacts of hydro, gas and fossil fuel power generation, the transmission grid and
distribution of power to the meter will be discussed. The course is intended for “non-engineering”
students who have a desire to learn how electricity is generated and distributed to the customer. It will
consist of lecture, multimedia presentations, video, and hands-on projects. 5 lecture hours. Vocational
program course. May be used as a general elective for the AA degree.
Credits: 5
Prerequisites: Grade of “B-“or better in PPO 100 or instruction permission
Recommended Preparation: None
Co-requisites: Concurrent enrollment in PPO 120.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
Explain the different Ohm’s Law formulas
Explain the law of charges in a molecule
Calculate wire sizes required for safe installation of a circuit
Calculate the mathematical relationship between amp, volts, and ohms
Understand the properties of a resistor and resistance
Explain what types of switches are used in electrical circuits
Explain the relationship between Ohm’s Law and the Power Law
Calculate how electric devices are connected in series.
Calculate how electrical components are connected in parallel
Explain what a battery is
Explain the different ways to produce electricity
Explain the applications of an electromagnet
Explain the theory and operation of a generator
Book: No book purchase is required
Other required material
Access to a computer with internet hookup
MS Word as the word processor.
Calculator with a square root function button
Course Resources/Textbooks/Website:
No book required. Handouts will be given in electronic format which you will need to print.
Academic Integrity: All forms of cheating, falsification, and plagiarism are against the rules of this course
and of Grays Harbor College. Students who are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty are
responsible for asking the instructor for clarification. Instances of intentional academic dishonesty will
be dealt with severely.
Disabilities: Students who have documented disabilities that require accommodations in compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Disability Support Services coordinator as
well as the instructor of the course in order to ensure that together we create an optimal environment
for educational achievement
W Day, the final day to officially withdraw from a course, is the Thursday of the seventh week (Thursday
of the fourth week for summer quarter). Students who do not withdraw by that date will receive the
grades they have earned, regardless of whether they are attending the course or completing the work.
Students who are considering withdrawal are strongly advised to consult with the instructor, advisor and
financial aid prior to withdrawing. The only withdrawals allowed after W Day are complete withdrawals
from all courses.