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 Course Title:   Drivability II

 Title Abbreviation:   DRIVABILITY II

 Department:    AT

 Course #:    212

 Credits:    8

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    10

 CIP:    470604

 EPC:    712

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Basic principles of electronic and engine computer control systems with emphasis on electronic ignition (DIS) and spark advance, fuel injection systems, diagnosis, repair, and tune-up. Use of scanners, oscilloscope, and test equipment included.


Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107. AT 121, 133, 205, 210 and ENGL 170..

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 88

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and perform proper safety procedures.
  2. Explain and diagnose primary ignition systems and secondary ignition systems.
  3. Understand and utilize appropriate diagnostic equipment including engine oscilloscope, gas analyzer, scan tool, and DVOM.
  4. Follow proper sequential steps in diagnosing and performing ignition ""tune-ups.""
  5. Properly utilize shop manuals, remove and repair assemblies on a vehicle to manufacturer's specifications of tolerance and fit.
  6. Understand and explain the theory of operation of computer-controlled ignitions and their sensors, and perform basic diagnosis of the different systems.
  7. Perform on-the-vehicle diagnosis and repair of drive-ability problems, including all computer controls and sensors.
  8. Determine appropriate ignition or computer control service by following a systematic diagnostic procedure.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of theory of operation of the following:
    • Ignition systems; distributorless ignitions, electronic, and point type.
    • Compression and vacuum.
    • Timing systems; computerized, vacuum, and centrifugal.
    • Emission systems: PCV, EGR, AIR, EVAP, and CAT.
    • Voltage signals: Digital and analog.
    • Interpretation of oscilloscope patterns.
    • DIS systems; diagnose and repair.
    • Oxygen sensors.
    • Computer controls; PCM and sensors.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Ignition Systems, Nomenclature, Point Type and Electronic.
  2. Operation of Ignition Systems.
  3. Tune-Up Procedure.
  4. Compression and Vacuum.
  5. Timing Systems: Mechanical and EST.
  6. Engine Analysis; Interpretations of Oscilloscope Patterns.
  7. Distributorless Ignition Systems.
  8. Diagnosis and Repair of DIS.
  9. Computerized Sensors: Digital and Analog.
  10. The Oxygen Sensor.
  11. Computer and Sensor Diagnosis and Repair.