Valley Career and Technical Center
    Course Syllabus

    Course Title: Electricity I                                                                                                                       State Course # 8533
    Harry McGuire

    Course Description:

    36 weeks

    Students will learn the wiring mechanics associated with switch – controlled lighting circuits, receptacles, GFCIs, along with other devices associated with the distribution of electricity into the service panel. Students will also lean about the different sizes of electrical wire along with the proper types of sizes of circuit breakers to use in the service panel as well as trim out of a panel.

    Major Topics Covered:                                                                                            Lab Projects:

    • Basic safety                                                                                                       Wiring simple light circuits

    • Electrical Energy Fundamentals                                                             Wiring simple receptacle circuits

    • Tools for the Electrician                                                                              Wiring combination circuits

    • Conductors                                                                                                        Wiring 3-way lighting circuits

    • Boxes, Fittings, and Covers                                                                         Wiring 4-way lighting circuits

    • Device Wiring                                                                                                  Wiring special device circuits

    • Overcurrent Protection                                                                               Wiring 120/240 Range Receptacle

    • Grounding                                                                                                          Wiring 120/240 V Dryer Receptacle

    • Construction Math                                                                                         Wiring low voltage door bell

    • OSHA 10 Hr. Construction certification

    • 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC)

    Student Outcomes:

    This course is part of the Trade and Industrial Career Cluster. Completion of Electricity I & II prepares the student for the following:

    • Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

    • Electricians Helper

    • Electrical Apprentice (Full time employment and enrollment in an apprenticeship program)

    • Meets “formal training” requirements of the VDPOR for Journeyman/Master Electrician’s Exam

    • NOCTI Certification

    • OSHA 10 Hr. Construction Card                                (1st year students)

    Grading (Reporting) Philosophy/ Policy: Under a competency-based system of student assessment, traditional grades are replaced by reports of student progress in demonstrating proficiency in meeting Learning Goals for Duty Areas or units and Learning Targets (competencies). Because student progress will be measured cumulatively, formal grades will only be reported at the end of a semester. Student progress will be reported as; Exemplary / exceeds standard (4), Proficient / meets standard (3), Developing / approaching standard (2), Beginning / well below standard (1), and Insufficient work shown (0). A variety of assessment strategies, such as projects, lab demonstrations, oral reports, essays, student portfolios, student/teacher conferences as well as traditional tests, quizzes and homework will be used to determine student progress. Student behavior may be reported if necessary, but will not factor into the assessment of student performance.


    • Homework

    • Quizzes/Tests

    • Lab Activities

    Contact Information:

    School Phone Number:                                                (540) 245-5002
    School Email Address:                                  mcguireh@valleytech.us
    Required Text:                                                 Modern Residential Wiring Book and Workbook – 2011 Edition