Auto 157 Automotive Specialized Electronics Syllabus

Fall 2017

Friday 8:00 to 12:10 pm Room T-118

Instructor Information:

Professor John Frala

Office: (562) 463-7473

Office location: T-126 in Technology Building

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Homework web page:

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General Information

This course provides an overview of the principles of automotive electronics. Topics covered include electrical theory, fundamentals of circuit construction, computers, semiconductors, microprocessors, integrated circuits (IC), types of output signals, wire repair techniques, meter usage and strategy based diagnostics. A demonstration General Motors circuit board will be used to illustrate circuit board function. This course is designed for entry level technicians or students who need an understanding of the basics of automotive electronics.

Expectations and Goals 

n  Student attendance policy (section 4200.a) will strictly be adhered to.

n  Student responsible for drop.

n  Class participation is part of the class grade.

n  No Cell-phones or texting while class is in secession, (section 4200.F), you will be asked to leave.

n  No late assignments, donít ask...

n  Homework is emailed to home work site, it is time stamped and logged.

n  It is your responsibility to follow web site for information.

n  Hands must be clean before any circuit boards are used.


Final Grades and evaluation are based upon the following criteria:

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.          Explain the principles of D/C electricity.

2.          Explain the fundamentals of solid-state components.

3.          Demonstrate the use of Diagnostic Charts.

4.          Demonstrate the use of Schematics and Component Locator Chart.

5.          Perform system functional checks to troubleshoot system faults.

6.          Explain the principles of Volts, Ohms, and Amps in a circuit.

7.          Demonstrate the proper operation of Digital Volt Ohm Meter.

8.          Describe the operation and function of basic electrical devices.

9.          Demonstrate terminal & connector repair procedures.


I. Format and Procedures: 

This is a complexed course that covers the history and development of the High Pressure/ compressed gaseous fuel systems used in vehicle transportation and ground power generation. It will require reading and documentation of work performed. ALL laboratory assignments are to be completed using NATEF standards. Students will be required to perform work on high-pressure systems that require extreme safety procedures to be adhered to.

II. My Assumptions as your instructor:

I am assuming that students will come to class fully prepared to complete tasks with fundamental electronic/electrical skills that are required for component testing. Students are required to be professionally dressed and act according to professional standards.

III. Course Requirements, (this is a 142 level course): 

         Students are required to have basic tools for the lab

         Students must respect other students tools

         Students must clock in for any lab credit

IV. Class attendance and participation policy:

Minimum Required for a ďCĒ:  The student must have at the end of the course a minimum of 70% of the total points possible.  Points will be given for:

         Rio Hondo approved uniform

         Attendance and correct time card submitted

         Successfully completing the compressed gas safety test

         Completed Assignments

         Class Participation

         Quizzes and Tests

         NATEF Task List completion

V. Academic Integrity

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Rio Hondo College Code of Academic Integrity, AP 5520, .  Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work.

You are encouraged to study together and to discuss information and concepts covered in lecture and the sections with other students enrolled in this course. You can give "consulting" help to or receive "consulting" help from such students. However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else, in the form of an e-mail, an e-mail attachment file, or a hard copy.

Should copying occur, both the student who copied work from another student and the student who gave material to be copied will both automatically receive a zero for the assignment/Lab. Penalty for violation of this Code can also be extended to include failure of the course and University disciplinary action.

During examinations, you must do your own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during the examinations, you may not compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the examinations will result in failure of the exam, and may lead to failure of the course and college disciplinary action.

VI. Accommodations for students with disabilities

In compliance with the Rio Hondo College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for student with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first week of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made. Students are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Program & Services to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations.

 VII. Inclusivity Statement

We understand that our students represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Automotive/Alternative Fuels program/department is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build this community we ask all students to:

Course Materials

Required Materials

         Note book for hand out materials

         Notebook is part of graded materials

Optional Materials

         You may bring your own DVOM if you require additional training.

         There are several DVOMís used in this training.

         You will be required to take notes.

Required Text:

Auto Electricity & Electronics book,

Author: Duffy 
Edition: 6th 
ISBN: 9781619607477
Publisher: Goodheart-Willcox Publisher


Course Schedule

8/25 Week 1                                    Pre-test, Basic operations.

9/01 Week 2                                    Electrical Circuit Symbols

9/8 Week 3                                      College Holiday

9/15 Week 4                                    Properties of Electricity & Symbols

Quiz 1                                             Basic circuits & properties

9/22 Week 5                                    DVOM, (Fluke meters), MTS 5200 Scope

9/29 Week 6                                    Ohmís Law & Circuit Elements

10/6 Week 7                                    Series & Parallel circuits

Quiz 2                                             Basic Circuit Theory

10/13 Week 8                                  Circuit Faults

10/20 Week 9                                  Wiring diagrams

10/27 Week 10                                ETM

11/3 Week 11                                  Open circuits & Shorts to Ground, Circuit short and power

11/10 Week 12                                Holiday

11/17 Week 13                                Electro-Magnetic Induction, Automotive Electrical Components

11/22 Week 14                                Holiday

Quiz 3                                             Circuit short and power

12/ 01Week 15                                Operation of Solid State Components

12/08 Week 16                                FINAL

Exam Schedule



9/15 Quiz 1

Properties of Electricity & Symbols


Series & Parallel circuits




Final Testing

Additional Information and Resources

This is the direct access to my web site.                                 Access to the Rio Hondo Automotive web site for jobs and scholarship information.