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Course Content and Outcome Guide for DS 204

Course Number:
DS 204
Course Title:
Diesel Starting, Charging and Electrical Control Systems
Credit Hours:
6
Lecture Hours:
15
Lecture/Lab Hours:
90
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$27.00

Course Description

Covers advanced automotive electrical theory, electrical components, and proper electric diagnostic and repair procedures. Includes advanced automotive electrical systems, diagnostic tool use and maintenance. Prerequisites: DS 104. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is an outcome-based course utilizing a lecture/lab format and includes videos, work books, demonstrations, lectures, and hands on learning.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Analyze and determine the problem and implement the correct repair of automotive electrical components and systems.
  • Conduct repairs in an ethical and professional manner, respecting industry safety and environmental guidelines.
  • Communicate with coworkers, customers, management and general public in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

Course Activities and Design

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Analyze and determine the problem and implement the correct repair of automotive electrical components and systems.
  • Conduct repairs in an ethical and professional manner, respecting industry safety and environmental guidelines.
  • Communicate with coworkers, customers, management and general public in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written multiple choice, true/false and short answer tests.
  • Hands on practical tests.
  • Daily/weekly/term project portfolio.
  • Attendance
  • Work ethics

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Knowledge of how and why starters and generators work.

  • Learn starting and charging electrical systems.
  • Learn history and theory of automotive electricity.

Learn Cummins Electronic Engine controls and diagnosis.

  • Learn to connect computer and access engine ECM.
  • Learn to extract failure codes and perform engine tests.
  • Learn to perform proper diagnosis and sensor tests.

Learn about tools and materials.

  • Learn about different test meters and their proper use.
  • Learn about and demonstrate the proper use of rebuild and test equipment.
  • Learn identification and use of internal parts. 

Skills in electrical failure diagnosis.

  • Learn to recognize failures and their causes.
  • Learn the resources available to the technician for research and failure identification.
  • Learn to properly evaluate a failure to find the reason for the failure.

Practice personal safety.

  • Learn and practice personal safety by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Learn and practice shop cleanliness.
  • Learn and practice tool maintenance and safety.

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 68

  • Analyze and determine the correct repair of automotive electrical components and systems.
     

  • Disassemble, diagnose, assemble and test starters and generators. This includes recording and calculating values based on meter readings.
  • Automotive batteries. This involves calculating test values according to industry specifications.
  • Motor and generator theory. This involves being able to calculate motor torque and horsepower values using RPMS, Amperes, and Volts.
  • Develop a portfolio of all work and projects. This includes vehicle inspections to calculate the quality of electrical systems based on Ohm€™s law, Watts law and Kirchhoff€™s voltage and current laws.

Communication
Hours: 44

  • Communicate with coworkers, customers, management and general public in a professional and knowledgeable manner.


 

  • Develop a portfolio of all work and projects. This includes a verbal explanation by the student of what the project accomplished, the procedure used and where the specifications were found.
  • The student is required to contact the dealer involved to research parts or service procedures. 
  • Disassemble, diagnose, assemble and test starters and generators. This is a team project where two or three students work together and discuss the problems found in the project and determine the remedy.
  • Automotive batteries. This is a team project where the students work together to test and determine the condition of batteries.

Human Relations
Hours: 21

  • Conduct repairs in an ethical and professional manner, respecting industry safety and environmental guidelines.

  • The class projects are all team efforts where students work together sharing information and work load.
  • All of the students must work together to schedule the sharing of shop tools and equipment and daily shop cleanup.