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Portland Community College  17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland, Or. 97229



 Diesel Starting, Charging and Electronic Control Systems

Fall 2014: 3 November – 11 November

DS 204

CRN: 46597      6 Credits


Prerequisite       Math 20 or higher, Reading 80 or higher and successfully completing DS 104   


Instructor:                  Robert Bonner

Phone:                         Shop:   971-722-7210

                                    Office  971-722-7489


Office:                                    RC  Building 2-230


Class Hours:              07:00AM-12:30 PM   Monday through Thursday.

                                    Rock Creek Campus. Bld 2/Room 117


Office Hours:             12:30-1:30 PM   Monday through Thursday, Friday by appointment



                                    Electricity and Electronics

                                         Norm Chapman __________________________ required


                                     Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Engines

                                    Sean Bennett 4th edition   ______________________required


Basic tool kit including a Digital Multimeter ______  required

                                    Snap On    EEDM596DK Digital Multimeter ____ required                                                                                                  


                                     Lap Top or PC based Tablet


Operating System: Windows 7

CPU speed: 1 Ghz

RAM memory: 1 Gigabite

HDD storage: 16 Gigabite

Network adapter: Wireless

Ports: 2 each USB 2.0 or greater

Software: MS Word or compatible word processor



Dell Inspiron 15

Asus Transformer Book T100TA

Microsoft Surface 2



Supplies                      Colored Pencils _____________________________ required

                                    Spiral Notebook _____________________________required


Course content:         Advanced electrical theory, electrical components, and proper electrical diagnostic procedures and repair.

                                    Advanced automotive electrical systems, diagnostic tool use and maintenance.   


                                    Student will maintain a daily portfolio and complete a project packet.


                                    This is an outcome-based course utilizing a lecture/lab

format, including videos, workbooks, demonstrations, lectures, written assignments and hands on learning.

                                    Professional practices such as safety, reliability, communication,

            and work ethics are integral parts of this course.


Note:   DS 204 Course Content Guide



Attendance:               Daily attendance is required for this course, however missed

                                   time may be made up, with instructor’s approval.

                                   Three missed days equals grade lowered one letter. Two late arrivals    

                                    equals one missed day. Leaving early equals arriving late.


Note:                         All tobacco products are banned on all PCC property.

Sleeping in class, talking during lectures, coveralls on while    seated in the chairs, ear phones, hoodies, feet on tables and inappropriate language are also banned.



Note:                          Food will not be consumed in class room (Drinks ok)


Note:                          Safety Glasses, Coveralls and Work Type Shoes will be worn at 

                                   all times while in the Shop. They are also required in any other areas

                                   while work is being performed.


Note:                          All personal electronic devices will be turned off during class.

                                    Except for instructor authorized learning tools.


Note:                           Work ethics include; safety, quality of workmanship, cleanliness,

punctuality, time management, and the ability to work with others.

Student may be asked to leave class because of safety violation.



Note:                           Student must with draw by the end first day of the module,

                                    November 3, 2014, to be eligible for refund.

                                    5:00 PM in person, 10:00 PM online.

                                       Add/drop/withdraw deadlines for the term 




·          Note:                      Note:    ●  Instructional ADA statement

Students who experience disability-related barriers should contact Disability Services[]. If students elect to use approved academic adjustments, they must provide in advance formal notification from Disability Services to the instructor.




 Note:               Letters of recommendations must be requested in writing from the


                         All email communication must be via “My PCC” email address.


Note:                          This syllabus may be amended at the Instructor’s discretion

Assignment/exam calendars, etc, may be changed in response to, but not limited to, institutional, weather, and other class problems




Student Rights and Responsibilities


It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the:


Portland Community College Student Rights and Responsibilities,


Code of Conduct




Academic Integrity Policy

Students are required to complete this course in accordance with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Dishonest activities such as cheating on exams and submitting or copying work done by others will result in disciplinary actions including but not limited to receiving a failing grade. See the Academic Integrity Policy for further details


                                      Equal opportunity statement




                                      Children on PCC Properties







 PCC Grading Guidelines


Grading policy:         Attendance                             30%

                                    Tests and quizzes                    30%

                                    Written assignments                30%

                                    Work ethic                              10%



Letter grade:              A_____________ 90 through 100%

                                    B _____________ 80 through   89%

                                    C _____________ 70 through   79%

                                    D _____________ 60 through   69%

                                    F _____________    0 through 59%




























Portland Community College

Diesel Technology




This attendance policy is a department policy and is implemented into all Diesel Service Technology program classes.  The department instructors believe this to be important to provide consistency among the different classes and instructors.


Reliability is a growing concern of the local Diesel Technician employers. If technicians come late, leave early and consistently miss workdays, the most mechanically skilled are not productive and will not maintain an advancing career. This attendance policy simulates what is expected by our industry and will help in preparing students to enter the workforce as reliable employees.


1.  For each three days missed per six week module, the earned  

       module letter grade will be lowered by one letter.


2.  Late to class two times is equal to one missed day.


3.  Leaving early is equal to coming late and will count



Note:      When special circumstances arise, the instructor may allow the student to make up missed time after hours or by completing additional course-work on the student's own time. Examples of special circumstances may include but are not limited to family illnesses or death, jury duty and National Guard duty. If you foresee special circumstances arising, see your instructor before the days are missed to see if arrangements can be made to make up your time.




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