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Fire Alarm and Security Systems

SKET 160

Fire Alarm and Security Systems

SKET 160

Course Description

Prerequisite: SKET 120 with a minimum grade of "C". Develops competency in the application of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and its relationship to fire alarm systems as written by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Emphasizes the discussion of fire alarm and security systems. Discusses data transfer including the use of fiber optics and wireless communications. (15-15)

Outcomes and Objectives

Explain the operation of fire alarm systems.

Objectives:

  • Describe the different types of fire alarm systems.
  • Explain the initiating devices utilized in fire alarm systems.
  • Explain the operation of signals and signaling devices used in fire alarm systems.
  • Differentiate between communication methods for fire alarm systems.
  • Interpret and explain alarm system wiring from system schematics.
  • Identify components used in fire alarm systems.

Differentiate between various forms of communication systems.

Objectives:

  • Explain the use and properties associated with electrical conductors in communicating information.
  • Explain the use and properties associated with electrical cables in communicating information.
  • Explain the use and properties associated with fiber optics in communicating information.
  • Explain the use and properties associated with wireless communications.

Explain the operation of security systems.

Objectives:

  • Describe the basic operation of security systems.
  • Describe the operation of various input devices to security systems including switches, motion sensors, and cameras.
  • Identify components used in security systems.
  • Interpret and explain security system wiring from system schematics.

Apply knowledge of fire alarm and security systems to NEC and NFPA requirements.

Objectives:

  • State and comprehend safety precautions when working on electrical equipment.
  • Identify and interpret applicable standards for fire alarm systems.
  • Identify and interpret applicable standards for security systems.

Conduct laboratory experiments to reinforce lecture material.

Objectives:

  • Comply with safety precautions when working on electrical equipment.
  • Construct circuits using electrical components on laboratory equipment. Predict and analyze the proper operation of electrical circuits. Troubleshoot and make wiring modifications, if necessary, to obtain the desired results of the schematic for the system.
  • Measure electrical values in circuits.
  • Develop troubleshooting techniques.