VTM-103 Ignition, Electrical, and Transmission Systems

Course Description: Deals with fundamentals of automotive electricity, conventional / electronic ignition, and basic automatic transmission. Cover diagnosis, maintenance, and service of automotive battery, charging, starting, and lighting circuits. Include operation and maintenance of automatic transmission and transaxles.

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLO’s):
The student will be able to:

  1. Identify safety and occupational health requirements in the specific trade area being studied.
  2. Use specified hand and power tools.
  3. Read and interpret information from technical drawing related to the respective trade.
  4. Perform hand skills in their respective trade.
  5. Participate in their respective trade.

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL:
The student will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe function of parts of the contact point (conventional type) ignition system and compare them to the electronic ignition system. Perform basic ignition system testing and maintenance.
  2. Explain electrical operational theories, and carry out basic testing and repairs of batteries, charging, starting systems and lighting circuits.
  3. Explain the principles involved in the operation of automatic transmission and transaxles and carry out basic maintenance.

SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

PLO4

PLO5

1

D

D

M

 

 

2

 

D

D

DM

 

3

M

M

 

 

 

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1. Identify and describe function of parts of the contact point (conventional type) ignition system and compare them to the electronic ignition system. Perform basic ignition system testing and maintenance.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy

1.1 Using a line or block diagram, explain the function of the conventional contact point ignition system.

Practical exercises and/or tests, short answer questions

1.2 Trace electronic ignition system layout and explain function of related components.

Short answer questions, practical exercises and/or test

1.3 Perform basic maintenance of the ignition system.

Practical exercises and/or test

General SLO 2. Explain electrical operational theories, and carry out basic testing and repairs of batteries, charging, starting systems and electrical accessories.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy

2.1 Explain electrical operational theory.

Multiple choice questions and/or short answer questions

2.2 Explain the principles of magnetism.

Multiple choice questions, Short answer questions

2.3 Perform battery testing, starting and charging systems checks.

Practical exercises and/or tests

2.4 Demonstrate how to check basic automotive electrical lighting circuit.

Practical exercises and/or tests

General SLO 3. Explain the principles involved in the operation of automatic transmission and transaxles and be able to carry out basic maintenance.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy

3.1 Explain the basic operation of an automatic transmission.

Short answer questions, Practical exercises and/or tests

3.2 Perform basic automatic transmission and transaxle maintenance.

Practical exercises and/or tests

D. COURSE CONTENT

  1. Electrical system
    Cover electrical operational theory, principles of magnetism, testing of battery, starting and charging systems,  and testing of electrical circuitry.
  2. Ignition system
    Introduce the design, function, and operation of contact point ignition system and electronic ignition system.
  3. Automatic transmission and transaxle
    Basic operation of automatic transmission, preventive maintenance and service.

E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Computer Aided Instruction
Practical/Experimentation
Lecture/Demonstration

F.  REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Calculator
Halderman, J. and Mitchell, C., (2002) Automotive Technology: Principles, Diagnosis, and Service, 2nd Edition or latest edition published by Pearson Education, Prentice Hall, U.S.A.
Toolkit

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
Halderman, J. and Mitchell, C., (2002) Automotive Technology: Principles, Diagnosis, and Service, 2nd Edition. Pearson Education, Prentice Hall, U.S.A (or most recent edition).
Videos and animated graphics from various sources such as: CDX Automotive Resource Kit (2006), Jones & Bartlett Learning, 40 Tall Pine Drive Sudbury, MA, 01776 USA, http://www.cdxglobal.com/products/topiclist_ark.html, How stuff works, http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car.htm;

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
Students must achieve 70% mastery or a “C” grade to pass this course.

J.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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