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CESA 5420 - Building System Integration and Analytics

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course presents an overview of building automation systems, communication protocols, system integration and data analytics as it relates to the role of energy management professionals. Topics include identifying different industry standard communication protocols and normalizing data so it can be analyzed by software. The course will cover Industry standard automation protocols and standards such as BACnet, LonWorks, Modbus Haystack and CoBe and will have students identify what role they play in today’s building automation industry. The course will cover The Internet of Things (IoT) as well as practical use cases in order to understand how this might affect the future of DDC controls. Students will learn how to integrate to various data sources, pull the data into a common platform, give the data metadata so it is meaningful to software, and then run analytics on that data to identify potential areas of optimization.


CESA 5320





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 84375

Tue Feb 08 - Tue Apr 19 11 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 08 - Apr 19 18:00 - 20:00 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This section requires prior departmental approval. Please contact the Program Head at for approval. Note: **** A computer with speakers and a web camera is required for this course. Students must be logged in on Learning Hub from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on: Tuesdays: Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22, April 5, 19; Thursday: March 3

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Navigate industry standard building control architectures, networking and communication protocols.
  • Use software to discover and integrate to a BACnet network and BACnet objects.
  • Talk knowledgeably about the Haystack data model and what its purpose is.
  • Identify how multiple building systems can be integrated.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in multiple data structure systems.
  • Identify opportunities for DDC optimization using analytical tools.
  • Program a simple analytic rule to identify a pattern in historical data.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

CESA 5420 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Controls & Energy Management
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate


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