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ABE 374 (Undergraduate credit) ♦ Spring 2014 ♦ Credit: 3 hour ♦ CRN 29865

ABE 498 (Graduate credit) ♦ Spring 2014 ♦ Credit: 3 hour ♦ CRN 10864

Lecture-Labs on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM ♦ Room 242 AESB

Prerequisite: ABE 222 or 225 or consent of instructor

Your Instructor:

Dr. Angela Green
Email: angelag@illinois.edu
Office: 332G AESB
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-3pm or by appt


Learning Assistant:

Brett Ramirez

Email: ramire10@illinois.edu

Help Hours: By appointment (see calendar for availability)


Course Schedule Spring 2014

Course Objectives

This course involves the built environment and its relationship with humans, animals and plants.  This class will provide information necessary for the appropriate analysis of building plans, architectural conception, and operation of facilities for human comfort and animal and plant production.  Examples in the course will specifically focus on energy requirements for maintaining comfortable indoor conditions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, a student shall demonstrate engineering competence in:

  1. Analysis of building environments for humans, poultry, swine, beef cattle, horses, dairy cattle, and greenhouses.
  2. Describing physical parameters of indoor environments for humans, animal and plants. Emphasis on occupant interaction with the building thermal environment.
  3. Assessment and manipulation of thermal environment systems, including:
    1. Calculating energy loads for buildings based on outdoor conditions and occupancy.
    2. Calculating energy required for processes of ventilating, heating, and cooling. Strategies for reducing energy requirements will be explored.
  4. Technical writing and data presentation and interpretation.
  5. Problem-solving using computational tools, theoretical models, and physical data.
  6. Graduate students will additionally be responsible for (a) leadership roles with their teams in lab activities; (b) participating in an additional 1-hour discussion section for the class; and (c) leading a special activity for the class, to be agreed upon with the instructor by the third week.

Course Wiki

  • Important information for course assignments and labs will be posted electronically to the wiki for student access, including assignments and supplemental materials.


  • Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Analysis and Design. 6th Edition. 2004. McQuiston, Parker, Spitler. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.


  • ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook. 2001. American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineeers.
  • Environment Control for Animals and Plants. 1980.  Albright. ASAE Publications, MI.
  • Midwest Plan Service, MWPS -1 - Iowa State university, Ames, Iowa, Structures and Environment Handbook, 11th ed. 1983. Rev.1987
  • Other publications may be suggested during the semester

Time and Location:

  • 242 AESB
  • Monday, Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
  • I generally keep an open door policy, but advise calling ahead for an appointment to be sure that I am in my office and available.
  • If you need to drop something off for me outside of class time, please place is outside my office door (332G AESB) in the folder labelled "FOR DR. GREEN" to ensure I receive it as soon as possible.

Course Policies and Grading

Course Grade. The grade favors those who actively participate in class discussions and group activities.  Course grade will be based on the following:


Evaluation Proportion of Grade
Lab Reports
30% (5 total)
10% (4 total)
20% (5 total)
Semester Exams 20% (2 total)
Final Exam


Evaluation Proportion of Grade
Lab Reports
20% (5 total)
Special Activity
Quizzes 20% (5 total)
Semester Exams 20% (2 total)
Final Exam 20%

FINAL GRADE ASSIGNMENT (both ABE 374 and 498):

Grading Scale
A = 90% and above
B = 80 - 89%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = 59% and below

Lab Reports.   

Lab reports should follow the technical style for scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals of ASABE. Each report should consist of 6 sections: Summary, Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, References.

No lab report should exceed 10 pages, including all tables and figures, and excess pages will not be graded.  Font should be 12 pt Times New Roman or Arial, single or double spaced.  All figures and tables should be numbered, accompanied by a caption, and referenced in text. Cover pages are not necessary, but follow the title format of the ASABE journals.

Lab reports should be emailed to the instructor before class on the day they are due, attached as a file in Word or pdf format. All Matlab programming files should accompany the text document in the attachments.  Late reports will be accepted, but will be deducted 10% for every day late, up to 50%.

You must work in teams for some of the labs. Teamwork consists of contributions by everyone, and your grade will reflect your participation. Each member of each team will evaluate the team and individual performance, which will be factored into grade assignments.  Not every member of each team will receive the same grade.


Homework is due at the start of class on the due date.  Homework should be submitted on engineering paper (using front side only) and follow a standard engineering format, including statement of problem, assumptions, calculations, solution.  Your final solution should be easily identified.  Neatness counts.  An example will be provided on the course schedule page.  Homework not conforming to this format will not be graded.  Late homework will not be accepted.  From each homework set, one or two randomly selected problems will be graded. Credit will be given based on completeness of homework set (50%) and correctness of graded problems (50%). Solutions to homework will be posted within 48 hours of the assignment due date. 


Quizzes will be given at the start of class and will last 10-20 minutes. Quiz material will cover one topic, and may consist of conceptual or calculation-based problems.

Semester Exams and Final Exam. 

Two written exams will be given during class time over the course of the semester, each lasting one class period and covering the material since the previous exam. Solutions to calculation-based problems on the exams should follow the homework format.  Following the exam, students may be given the opportunity for an optional take-home portion to supplement their in-class grade, if the class average is below 75%.

A comprehensive final examination will be given during the final exam time for the course (Monday, May 12 8-11am).

All exams are closed-book. Students may bring a single page of notes for each set of exam material and must turn it in with their exam. Notes pages may not contain calculations or photocopied material, but may contain words, equations, sketches, etc. Questions on exams may be presented in a variety of forms, including multiple-choice, short answer, fill in the blank, definitions, and calculations.

Discussion Sessions and Special Activities (ABE 498 only).   

Each student receiving graduate credit will be responsible for attending and participating in an additional weekly 1-hour discussion, time to be determined based on schedules.

Each student receiving graduate credit will also be responsible for completing a special activity to be approved by the instructor no later than 3 weeks into the course (February 12).  Examples of previous activities include leading a laboratory session or developing and presenting course visual aids.

Academic Integrity

It is the responsibility of the student to refrain from infractions of academic integrity (e.g., cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, etc.), from conduct that may lead to suspicion of such infractions, and from conduct that aids others in such infractions.  Questions of academic integrity will be addressed following Part I, Section 402 of the Student Code. You are encouraged to work together and engage in peer-to-peer learning, but only present work that you have created for grading. Any form of presenting another person's work as your own will be considered cheating and will not be tolerated. Examples include: copying work of classmates or previous students, sharing files or code, and copying verbage from the textbook or class materials without proper citation. 

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