- Course Number:
- AM 161
- Course Title:
- Electrical Systems I
- Credit Hours:
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Course DescriptionIntroduces electrical theory, schematic symbols, battery and starter theory, operation, diagnosis and repair. Lecture and lab work includes proper repair procedures, component identification and service procedures performed on school owned vehicles and components. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Students will study fundamental electrical theory. This includes series, parallel and series-parallel circuits, voltage, amperage, resistance, electromagnetism and circuit protection. Hands on use of volt-ohm-ammeters will be done in the classroom and laboratory. Students will learn fundamental theory of battery operation, testing, diagnosing and servicing. They will also study starter circuit operation. Diagnosing and problem solving will be done on school owned vehicles. Students will work with diagnostic test equipment to determine reasons for starter circuit failures. Students will study and practice various forms of wire splicing, repair and soldering techniques.
Intended Outcomes for the course
? Perform basic electrical system inspection, maintenance, diagnosis and repairs relating to starting and charging systems.
Access and utilize repair information in a rapidly changing technology.
Develop and implement strategies and processes to repair electrical system problems relating to starting systems.
Perform electrical system repair of starting systems to professional and ethical standards.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
To reach the outcomes goals students will complete the following tasks
1.Build samples of series, parallel and series-parallel circuits
2.Complete disassembly, testing and reassembly of starter motor
3.Access technical information for wiring schematics and circuit protection
4.Perform testing and assessment of automotive batteries
5.Test and diagnose complete automotive starter system using appropriate electrical test equipment
6.Complete soldering projects
7.Achieve minimum of 70% on written tests
8.Meets minimum requirements for attendance and standard shop practices
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Students will study the following concepts:
•sources of voltage
•atomic structure of electricity
•opens, shorts and grounds
•Ability to construct series, parallel and series-parallel circuits
•Perform volt drop tests on various electrical circuits
•Use proper techniques of wire splicing, soldering and repair
•Use analog and digital electrical test equipment
•Demonstrate use of written and computerized information gathering
•Practice safe tool and equipment usage
•Test various forms of circuit protection
•Perform complete battery evaluation, service and testing
•Perform complete starter system evaluation, service and testing
•Troubleshoot simple starter circuit problems
•Read and interpret simple wiring diagrams and understand electrical symbols and nomenclature
1. Perform basic electrical system inspection, maintenance, diagnosis and repairs relating to starting and charging systems.
Students check vehicle test results and compare results with manufactures/industry specifications.
Students learn and apply Ohms law theory
1. Develop and implement strategies and processes to repair electrical system problems relating to starting systems.
Students work teams communicate with staff to check out tools, school cars, and have repair orders written for lab projects.
Students present a verbal report to the class on a subject of their choice related to current industry technical advances, innovations, safety standards, and/or diagnostic or trouble shooting procedures related to vehicle electronic systems
Human RelationsHours: 15
1. Perform electrical system repair of starting systems to professional and ethical standards.
Students work in teams to complete assigned lab projects.
Students work in teams and staff members to bring school cars in /out of the shop for class lab projects.