Course Descriptions

Automotive Technology Department Course Descriptions
2012-2013 College Catalog

Course Name  Course #   Credits Description 
Automotive Brakes System  AT134  4 This course is to teach students braking system theory, operation and repair. The students will study all brake hydraulics such as proportioning valves, master cylinders and bleeding procedures. The students will also study power assist units, anti lock brakes, disc and drum brakes. Students will learn how to diagnose and properly repair all of these systems. (Offered in the spring and summer)
Automotive Engines  AT150  4 Lecture and laboratory covering designs, nomenclature, and operational theory of internal combustion engines. Includes valves and operating mechanism, piston and connecting rod assembly, crankshaft and bearings, lubrication system, crankcase ventilation, lubricants, and complete engine overhaul procedure. Laboratory practice and instruction in servicing engines. (Offered in the fall and spring)
Electricity and Electronics
 AT170  4 Fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Topics include current, voltage and resistance; Ohm’s Law; series and parallel circuits; electric power; electromagnetic circuits; electrical measurement; electronic devices and circuits. (Offered in the fall and spring)
Automotive Electrical Systems  AT173  4 Operation, construction, and servicing of automotive electrical equipment including lighting circuits, ignition systems, cranking motors and controls, and alternator-regulator circuits. Prerequisite: AT170  (Offered in the spring and summer)
Automotive Electrical Systems  AT173  4 Operation, construction, and servicing of automotive electrical equipment including lighting circuits, ignition systems, cranking motors and controls, and alternator-regulator circuits. Prerequisite: AT170 (Offered in the spring and summer)
Automotive Chassis and Suspension Systems  AT234  3 This course is designed to teach students various automotive chassis and steering systems operation and repair. Students will learn chassis designs, alignment angles, including front and rear suspension systems. The student will also be taught steering gears, steering linkage and advanced level systems such as four wheel steering, electronic steering. Students will examine electronic suspension control systems, stability control systems and the proper diagnosis and repair of these systems. Prerequisites AT134 and AT173. (Offered in the fall)
Manual Transmissions  AT241  2 The theory, operation and service of manual transmissions and transaxles, including domestic and imported units. Emphasis is on the diagnosis, repair, and servicing of component parts. (Offered in the fall)
Automatic Transmissions  AT244  2 Continuation of AT241. Study of principles of operation, maintenance, and diagnosis of automatic transmissions. Prerequisite: AT241 and AT173 (Offered in the spring)
Air Conditioning  AT252  

This course is a comprehensive study of automotive cooling, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Studies include topics on bodily comfort, heat and pressure, and temperature relationships. The course culminates with a study of computer controlled, dual-zone climate control systems.

Automotive Laboratory I  AT253  4 Practical, hands-on garage experience is acquired in the automotive laboratories, including major service work on live vehicles and the operation of test instruments and other specialty diagnostic equipment. Students will apply the theory learned in the first-year automotive classes to become more proficient in the diagnosis of engines, electrical, suspension, steering, and brake systems. This practical experience incorporates strategy-based engine performance, emission failure diagnosis, and engine rebuilding and machining. Prerequisites: AT134, AT150, and AT173 (Offered in the fall)
Automotive Laboratory II  AT254  4 Practical, hands-on garage experience is acquired in the automotive laboratories, including major service work on live vehicles and the operation of test instruments and other specialty diagnostic equipment. Prerequisite: AT 253 (Offered in the spring)
 Alternative Fuels  AT255  3 This course will concentrate on the theory, operation, and service of all alternative fuels and electric vehicles. The topics of study will be Hybrid Battery Service, Electric Motors, Generators, Regenerative Braking Systems, Hybrid Transmissions and Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. The lab component will secure all the theory taught in lecture. Prerequisite AT 259. (Offered in the fall)
Automotive Lab-Certificate  AT256  3 Practical, hands-on garage experience is acquired in the automotive laboratories, including major service work on live vehicles and the operation of test instruments and other specialty diagnostic equipment. Students will apply the theory learned in the first-year automotive classes to become more proficient in the diagnosis of engines, electrical, suspension, steering, and brake systems. This practical experience incorporates strategy-based engine performance, emission failure diagnosis, and engine rebuilding and machining. Prerequisites: AT134, AT150, and AT173
Hybrid Systems  AT257  3 Diagnosis and service procedures of Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Ford, Mercury, and General Motors vehicles. Fuel cell and advanced technologies. Hybrid vehicle diagnostic trouble codes. Internal combustion engine to all electric conversion will be lectured on along with vehicle conversion requirements, conformity, and certification. Student teams will locate and purchase through the college a suitable vehicle for electric conversion. This course will also focus on CNG and hybrid plug-in vehicles. Prerequisite: AT259. (Offered in the spring)
Automotive Hybrid Safety and Technology  AT259  3 This course looks at the present use of automotive hybrid safety in the automotive industry, along with future technology. Topics covered are safety procedures and precautions that are required when repairing Battery Electric Vehicles, High Voltage Batteries, Hybrid Vehicles and Fuel cells. The lab portion focuses on safety, service, and maintenance of Hybrid Vehicles, Electric Vehicles and Bio Fuels vehicles. (Offered in the fall and spring)
Engine Performance and Diagnosis I  AT271  4 This course applies the theory learned in AT150 Engines and AT170/173 Electricity to properly diagnose mechanical and electrical problems that affect drivability and emissions. Material includes current tune-up and maintenance procedures, the development of diagnostic routines, basic ignition diagnosis, on-vehicle electrical testing, volumetric efficiency theory and testing, turbocharger/supercharger theory and diagnosis, and On-Board Computer Diagnosis. Prerequisites: AT150 and AT173 (Offered in the fall)
Engine Performance and Diagnosis II  AT274  4 This course builds on AT271, enabling students to understand the complexities of electronic engine management systems and how they affect drivability and emissions. Diagnosis topics include fuel systems theory, fuel injection systems, microprocessor theory and operation, Electronic Ignition Systems (E.I.S.), four- and five-gas analysis, emission failure, and On-Board Computer Diagnosis. Prerequisite: AT271 (Offered in the spring)
Automotive Service Advising and Customer Relations  AT282  3 Topics of study include customer interviewing and complaint assessment, flat rate and hourly methods of payment and benefit packages. Case studies are presented and guest lecturers from industry are utilized to reinforce service-advising principles. (Offered in the spring)
Advanced Engine Performance  AT373  3 An advanced level course which builds upon the basic computerized engine control diagnostic skills acquired in AT271, AT274, and the drivability clinic. Special emphasis is placed on oscilloscope pattern interpretation, serial data communications, database configurations and functional testing of major computerized engine control systems and subsystems. Prerequisite: AT274 (Offered in the fall)
Enhanced Emissions and Drivability  AT474  3 An advanced level of enhanced emissions and drivability diagnostics using dynamometer-based transient testing covering ASM 50/15, ASM 25/25 and RG-240 drive traces. This course also includes advanced On Board Diagnostics - Generation II (OBD II) and Controller Area Network (CAN) diagnostics. Students will become proficient in chassis dynamometer testing, 5-gas exhaust analysis, and scan tool data stream information and applications. (Offered in the spring)
Automotive Marketing  AT481  3 Distribution and sale of automotive vehicles and related parts and accessories. Policies pertaining to wholesale and retail transactions, parts inventory and turnover, service sales, dealership personnel, and warranty. (Offered in the fall)
Vehicle Appraisal  AT482  3 Instruction and practical application in the use of estimating manuals to produce reports for buying, selling and trading of vehicles, including damage appraisal. (Offered in the spring)
Computers in the Automotive Industry  AT483  3 Microcomputer applications of database, spreadsheet, and office management in the automotive industry. Specific automotive management packages which service an entire automotive enterprise including sales, parts and inventory, and service will be covered. (Offered in the fall)
Senior Seminar I  AT485  1 The preliminary section of a two-part course of study that will explore research tools and methods utilizing virtual and physical library resources as well as Internet Meta-search tools. Skills acquired will allow students to develop individual research topics and hypothesis statements that will lead to the formal presentation of a Senior Research Project in AT495. Prerequisites: BS312 ,EN320, (Offered in the fall)
Service Management  AT494  4 Theory and practice of service management are explored, including OSHA laws, record keeping, productivity, efficiency, and profitability. (Offered in the spring)
Senior Seminar II  AT495  3 This concluding course expands on the topics previously developed and approved in AT485. Students will have the opportunity to discuss, organize and refine their chosen projects. The culmination of this course will be the presentation of a formal written Senior Research Project. Prerequisite: AT485 (Offered in the spring)
Introduction to Marketing  BS120  3 This course educates students about the basic principles of marketing a business or product and applying these principles in the workplace. Students in the course will explore multiple avenues of marketing and branding that will focus on the theories surrounding price, promotion, product, and placement in order to generate revenue and increase customer satisfaction. Students will explore consumer behavior and reactions.
Microeconomics  BS311  3 A broad introductory survey in which special attention is given to the role of economic principles in analyzing and understanding current economic problems. Emphasis is placed on the functioning of markets and on examining the behavior of individual economic units such as the business firm and the consumer. (Offered in the fall)
Advanced Concepts in Information Literacy  BS312  3 This project-based course covers the process of information literacy; from determining information needs through evaluating, managing and disseminating information; by integrating academic research strategies with advanced applications of desktop software. Best practices for effective communication of information in multiple formats will be examined with emphasis on integrating software programs through merging, transferring and linking files. (Offered in the fall)
Managing Organizations  BS324  3 Examines theory, research, and practice in the management of organizations. Students learn to make use of analytical tools for recognizing, diagnosing, and acting on managerial problems related to organizations, to the objectives, and to the development of human resources. The course emphasizes topics at the macro level, such as organizational analysis and design, and at the micro level, such as managerial behavior, motivation, and interpersonal relations. (Offered in the spring)
Financial Accounting  BS332  3 Presents the theory and techniques of financial accounting. The course encompasses the basic functions of collecting, processing, and reporting accounting information for interested third parties (e.g., owners, investors, and government) and enables students to analyze, interpret, and use accounting information. (Offered in the spring)
Business Law and Legislation  BS334  3 This course reviews the American legal system, organizational structures, and the regulatory environment pertinent to business. Critical examination is conducted regarding: business ethics; contracts; business associations (agency, partnerships, corporations); and other legal entities. (Offered in the spring)
Management Accounting  BS431  3 Presents the theory and technique of managerial accounting from the particular
perspective of the manager. The course covers the identification and analysis of the behavior of costs within the organization, and illustrates how managers use such knowledge for planning and control. Major topics include responsibility accounting, comprehensive and cash budgeting, and standard job order and process cost systems. Prerequisite: BS332 (Offered in the fall)
 Personnel Management  BS432  3 Examines the role of the human resources manager in the areas of selection and placement; training and development; performance appraisal; wage, salary, and benefit programs; and labor-management relations. (Offered in the fall)
College Composition I  EN130  3 This course invites students to investigate the ways in which language is used in various settings. By examining how language is connected to issues of identity, students see the importance of using spoken and written communications appropriate to particular contexts. The course is structured around three main projects: a memoir where students explore their own experiences with language and identity, and two ethnographic studies where they look closely at two distinct communities, one informal and one professional, to see how people interact in those settings. The course calls for frequent informal written responses that build toward larger formal texts. Students are invited to become reflective of their writing processes as they are involved in a constant process of revising. They receive feedback from their instructor and classmates, and discuss many ideas and concepts in groups. (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)
College Composition II  EN140  3 A continuation of College Composition I, this class considers many written genres while focusing on such issues as work, social class, culture, and identity. By examining these issues through the genres of journal articles, oral history, narrative, short story, poetry, drama, and film, students will build on their abilities to work reflectively, develop their responses, and incorporate the voices of others into their own texts through the use of quotations. Students will have the opportunity to write texts similar to the ones they are reading, as well as academic essays. Through the practice of close reading and expository writing, students will develop the ability to comment on not only specific genres, but also on the world around them. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the kinds of group and presentational work that might be practiced in a professional setting. Prerequisite: EN130 (Offered in the spring and summer)
 HU/SS Electives    2-4 See General Education Course Descriptions
Technical Mathematics I MA105  3 This course is designed as an overview of the standard topics in Algebra as they apply
to technical applications. Practical examples of the math as it is used in the various technical fields are employed as much as possible. Topics covered include: linear equations, systems of linear equations, literal equations, slope, a review of fractions, metric units, scientific notation, and intermediate problem solving. Prerequisite: MA090 or Placement Exam (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)
Technical Mathematics II MA106  3 This course, the second in the technical math sequence, continues to develop the students’ understanding of algebra through the use of practical examples. Topics covered include ratio and proportion, geometry, and right angle trigonometry. An emphasis is placed on practical examples from the automotive field and project assignments are used to refine problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills. Prerequisite: MA105 (Offered in the spring and summer)
Finite Mathematics MA 265  3 This course serves as a broad overview of topics in finite math and a brief introduction to topics in statistics. Topics covered include linear equations, linear systems, linear programming, mathematics of finance, matrix math, probability, and an introduction to statistics. Prerequisite: MA 106 (Offered in the fall)
Statistics MA270  3 This course studies the collection, analysis and presentation of data, frequency distributions, probability and probability distributions. Making inferences from statistical data and the techniques used for making business and management decisions will be discussed. Data analysis and presentation make use of statistical software. Prerequisite: MA265 or MA 120 (Offered in the spring)
Physics  PH102  3 This course is an introduction to the physics of mechanics and basic concepts in chemistry, including the study of motion, Newton’s Laws, energy, conservation laws, physics of matter, temperature, heat transfer, the atom, the periodic table, chemical bonding, the Mole, and balancing chemical equations. There is no lab co-requisite for this course. (Offered in the spring and summer)
General Chemistry  TS310  4 Introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry including atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table of the elements, chemical bonding, molecular structure, and states of matter based on kinetic theory. Laboratory work presents an introduction to methods of quantitative chemical techniques. (Offered in the fall)