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Automotive Technology (AUTO) 2014-2015

These are 2014-2015 course descriptions.

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AUTO 1001 Auto Care (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This course is designed for the nonautomotive student who is interested in becoming familiar with the fundamentals of automotive systems and preventative maintenance. This course also provides information on choosing a repair shop, tips and techniques for dealing with minor breakdowns, and the vehicle purchase process.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Lab fee: $15.00

AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This introductory automotive course covers the basic components and systems of the automobile. Included in this course are automotive terminology and mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical theories as they apply to automobiles and light trucks. Students are strongly encouraged to take AUT0 1106 the same semester. See plan of study or an Automotive Advisor for recommended course sequence.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: DEV 0105 or placement into DEV 0115 or MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher.
Corequisite: AUTO 1106, AUTO 1160           Lab fee: $10.00

AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This introductory automotive course covers the operation of an automotive shop, the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and basic maintenance operations on cars and light trucks. Must have credit for or be concurrently enrolled in AUTO 1101.See plan of study or an Automotive Advisor for recommended course sequence
Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: DEV 0105 or placement into DEV 0115 or MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher.
Corequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1160                Lab fee: $30.00

AUTO 1110 Engines: Theory & Operations (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This course presents automotive engine design, theory, and operation. All engine mechanical systems are explored during teardown and reassembly of an automotive engine. Students will diagnose engine concerns and determine needed repairs. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher.               Lab fee: $25.00

AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This class examines the theory, operation, and basic procedures needed to service and repair wheels, tires, wheel bearings, and suspension and steering components. Basic wheel alignment theory and service are also emphasized. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106. See plan of study or an Automotive Advisor for recommended course sequence.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher                Lab fee: $40.00

AUTO 1150 Brake Systems: Theory & Operations (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This course presents the theory, operation, service, and repair of drum brakes, disc brakes, hydraulic components, brake lines, and power brakes. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106. See plan of study or an Automotive Advisor for recommended course sequence.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher            Lab fee: $35.00

AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation I (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This course presents basic circuit theory, meter usage and interpreting wiring diagrams. Basic circuit troubleshooting is also explored. Student must have satisfactorily completed or be concurrently enrolled in AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106. See plan of study or an Automotive Advisor for recommended course sequence.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher
Corequisites: AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106            Lab fee: $25.00

AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning: Theory & Operations (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This course presents the theory, operation and service procedures of refrigeration and engine cooling and heating. Students learn proper use of recovery, recycling, charging, testing, and component evaluation equipment. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106. See plan of study or an Automotive Advisor for recommended course sequence.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher
Lab fee: $40.00

AUTO 1180 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation I (A, SP)

2 credits
This course presents the fundamentals of engine performance. It includes basic testing and diagnosis of the ignition and fuel systems. Basic engine mechanical testing is also covered. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106 and AUTO 1160.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 1160              Lab fee: $25.00 

AUTO 1210 Powertrain System Service (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This course presents the procedures for the removal and replacement of various components of the powertrain system including engine assemblies, transaxles, transmissions and differentials. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106. Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher             Lab fee: $40.00

AUTO 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair (A, SP)

2 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals covered in AUTO 1140 and examines the essential procedures and routines needed for diagnosis and repair of modern suspension and steering systems. It will also cover advanced alignment diagnostic angles and techniques. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106 and AUTO 1140. Must have credit for or be concurrently enrolled in AUTO 1160.
Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 1140    
Corequisite: AUTO 1160            Lab fee: $45.00

AUTO 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair (A, SP)

2 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals covered in AUTO 1150. Brake system diagnosis, live-car servicing, power booster service, antilock brake systems, and brake lathe operation are explored.  Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 1150, and AUTO 1160.
Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 1150, AUTO 1160
Lab fee: $40.00

AUTO 1260 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation II (A, SP)

2 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals covered in AUTO 1160. Diagnosis and repair of the battery, starting, charging, lighting and accessory circuits are emphasized. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101,AUTO-1106 and AUTO 1160.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 1160    
Lab fee: $30.00

AUTO 2101 Auto Business Management (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This course is an introduction to automotive management principles and practices. Topics covered include a systems approach to management, management styles, financial measures, management by objective and quality, time management, customer and employee relations, marketing and the legal environment.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1 hour
Prerequisite: AUTO 1101            Lab fee: $2.00

AUTO 2120 Automatic Transmissions: Theory & Operations (A)

2 credits
This course presents automatic transmissions and transaxle theory and operation. Hydraulic, mechanical and electrical systems are explored during teardown and reassembly of an automatic transmission. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106 and AUTO 1160.Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 1160   
Lab fee: $25.00

AUTO 2130 Manual Transmissions: Theory & Operation (SP)

2 credits
This course presents theory and operation of manual transmissions, transaxles, and differentials. Lecture and lab activities also cover proper teardown and reassembly procedures. Students must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, placement into MATH 1000 or higher, placement into ENGL 0190 or higher
Lab fee: $25.00

AUTO 2190 Hybrid Vehicle: Theory & Operations (On Demand)

2 credits
This course presents the theory and operation of hybrid vehicles. This is an informative course designed to provide a general overview of various hybrid vehicle systems. Proper safety precautions and procedures needed to service the basic systems of hybrid vehicles will be discussed. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106.Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1 hour
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106             Lab fee: $10.00

AUTO 2193 Independent Study: Automotive Technology (On Demand)

1 credit
AUTO 2193 is an individual, student-structured course that examines a selected topic in the automotive industry through intensive reading and research. The independent study elective permits a student to pursue his/her interests within the context of a faculty-guided program.
Lecture: 1 hour
Instructor permission required
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106              Lab fee: $2.00

AUTO 2194 SPT: Automotive Tech (On Demand)

1 credit
This is an advanced level course elective that will address current issues in the automotive industry
Lecture: 1 hour
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106              Lab fee: $15.00

AUTO 2201 Service Advising (A)

2 credits
This course covers the primary responsibilities of a service advisor. This includes writing a proper repair order, scheduling, selling maintenance and customer relations. Estimating, repair order tracking and time management are also presented. Student must have credit for AUTO 2101.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1 hour
Prerequisite: AUTO 2101              Lab fee: $2.00

AUTO 2220 Automatic Transmission: Diagnosis & Repair (A)

2 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals covered in AUTO 2120. Emphasis is placed on in-car automatic transmission and transaxle service, diagnosis, and repair. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101 AUTO 1106 and AUTO 2120.
Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 2120   
Lab fee: $25.00

AUTO 2230 Manual Transmission: Diagnosis & In-Car Repair (SP)

2 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals covered in AUTO 2130. The topics of clutch, transfer case, drive shaft, drive axles and 4WD hub diagnosis and repair are explored through lecture, teardown, and reassembly. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101,AUTO 1106, and AUTO 2130..
Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 2130    
Lab fee: $35.00

AUTO 2270 Heating & Air Conditioning: Diagnosis and Repair (A, SP)

2 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals covered in AUTO 1170. System diagnosis, electrical troubleshooting, air distribution, manual and automatic temperature control systems are explored through lecture and lab activities. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, and AUTO 1170.Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 1160, AUTO 1170
Lab fee: $45.00

AUTO 2280 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation II (A, SP)

2 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals covered in AUTO 1180. Emphasis is on exhaust gas analysis, scan tool use, emission control systems and the fundamentals of OBDII. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106 and AUTO 1180.Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisite: AUTO 1180             Lab: fee $30.00

AUTO 2293 Independent Study: Auto Technology (On Demand)

2 credits
AUTO 2293 is an individual, student-structured course that examines a selected topic in the automotive industry through intensive reading and research. The independent study elective permits a student to pursue his/her interests within the context of a faculty-guided program
Instructor permission required
Independent Studies: 2 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106               Lab fee: $2.00

AUTO 2294 Special Topics: Auto Technology (On Demand)

2 credits
This is an advanced level course elective that will address current issues in the automotive industry.
Lecture: 2 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106              Lab fee: $15.00

AUTO 2301 Auto Service Management (SP)

2 credits
This course covers the variety of duties of the service manager. Principals presented in AUTO 2101 are further developed along with practical implementation strategies.  Facilities and equipment planning, management and financial management and analysis are covered. Student must have credit for AUTO 2101.Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1 hour
Prerequisite: AUTO 2101              Lab fee: $2.00

AUTO 2310 Engines: Diagnosis & In-Car Repair (On Demand)

2 credits
This course builds on the fundamentals covered in AUTO 1110. Engine mechanical systems diagnosis and proper component replacement procedures are emphasized. Student must have satisfactorily completed AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, and AUTO 1110.
Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1110, DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher           Lab fee: $40.00

AUTO 2360 Advanced Electrical System: Diagnosis & Repair (On Demand)

3 credits
This course continues the study of automotive electrical systems building on information and skills obtained in AUTO 1160 and AUTO 1260. Accessory system diagnosis, live-car servicing, supplemental restraints systems, and various body control computer systems will be emphasized. Student must have credit for AUTO 1260 or FORD 1260..
Lecture: 2 hours – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: AUTO 1260 or FORD 1260            Lab fee: $25.00

AUTO 2380 Advanced Engine Performance: Diagnosis & Repair (On Demand)

3 credits
This course continues the study of automotive engine performance systems building on information and skills obtained in AUTO 1180 and AUTO 2280.  System diagnosis, live-car servicing, and various manufacturer's computer control systems will also be explored through lecture and lab activities. Student must have credit for AUTO 2280..
Lecture: 2 hours – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: AUTO 2280                  Lab: fee: $25.00

AUTO 2393 Independent Study: Auto Technology (On Demand)

3 credits
AUTO 2393 is an individual, student-structured course that examines a selected topic in the automotive industry through intensive reading and research. The independent study elective permits a student to pursue his/her interests within the context of a faculty-guided program.
Independent Studies: 3 hours
Instructor permission required
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106              Lab fee: $2.00

AUTO 2394 Special Topics: Auto Technology (On Demand)

3 credits
This is an advanced level course elective that will address current issues in the automotive industry.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106              Lab fee: $15.00

AUTO 2399 Maintenance and Light Repair Shop Experience (A, SP)

2 credits
This course includes instruction and assessment of skills and knowledge required by Maintenance and Light Repair technicians. Skills are measured in a shop setting with the students performing inspection, diagnosis, and repairs. This course is designed to improve students' hand skills and working knowledge of the daily shop environment. Preparation for ASE's G-1 Certification test is also emphasized.
Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisites: AUTO 1101, AUTO 1106, AUTO 1140, AUTO 1150, AUTO 1160, AUTO 1170, and FORD 1240 or AUTO 1240, FORD 1250 or AUTO 1250, FORD 1260 or AUTO 1260         
Lab fee: $35.00

AUTO 2401 Auto Parts: Management (SU)

2 credits
This course addresses the management duties of a parts department manager. Pricing, inventory control, merchandising, forecasting and purchasing are discussed.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1 hour
Prerequisite: AUTO 2101               Lab fee: $2.00

AUTO 2460 Electronic Systems: Systems Service (On Demand)

2 credits
This course reflects the most recent technological advances and changes in the electrical and electronic systems by the automotive industry. Changes in diagnostic and repair techniques and tools will also be covered. Student must have credit for AUTO 2360.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisite: AUTO 2360               Lab fee: $10.00

AUTO 2480 Engine Performance: Systems Service (On Demand)

2 credits
This course reflects the most recent technological advances and changes in the engine/powertrain control systems by the automotive industry. Changes in diagnostic and repair techniques and tools will also be covered. Student must have credit for AUTO 2380.
Lecture: 1.5 hours – Lab: 1.5 hours
Prerequisite: AUTO 2380               Lab fee: $10.00