Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SC 10
Course Title:
Principles of Technology
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Course Description

Covers physical concepts of mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal system from an applied work environment setting. The physics concepts include force, work, rate, resistance, energy, powr, force transformers, and waves and vibrations. Each concept is reinforced through the use of hands-on learning, videotapes, math labs, and hardware labs. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

Students will be able to practically and safely use tools common to the work and community environment

Students will be able to use scientific, technical, and computerized methods to solve technical problems commonly encountered in the workplace

Students will be able to recognize and use basic fundamental skills that apply to the workplace

Course Activities and Design

The frame of the class is structured to provide you with the time you need to master the material presented. If we need to modify the topics due to inclement weather or other unforeseen events, we will negotiate changes as a class.  

Outcome Assessment Strategies

¨       Collect and record data using scientific method

¨       Construct then collect and record data for a simple mechanical system in a lab setting

¨       Construct then collect and record data for a simple electrical system in a lab setting

¨       Create graphical data representation

¨       Use effective research methods to find knowledge bases and other information that is widely available in a computerized environment

¨       Use computerized tools to solve technical problems

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes and concepts:

Technical Workforce Terminology

Conversion English to SI Scientific and Prefix Notation


·         Linear, Rotational

·         Tolerance, Weight/mass

Mechanical systems

·         Vector forces, Torque, radians, acceleration, velocity, tolerance

Electrical systems

·         Voltage, amperage

·         Resistance, color coding

Fluid Systems

·         Pressure, weight density

·         Density, specific gravity

·         Volume/Mass Flow rate


Knowledge Base software

Schematics, Technical manuals, Graphs, Charts, flowcharts,


Problem solving strategies

Fundamental technical workplace concepts

Recognition of transferable skills in technical fields

Safety procedures