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# AUTO 161 - Automotive Electricity I

(R only) CE

Discusses basic electrical concepts applicable to automotive components, circuits, and systems. Common failures, diagnostic techniques, and repair procedures are covered. Selection, use, and maintenance of specialized service tools are emphasized. Use of printed and electronic wiring diagrams and service information to diagnose and repair faults is included. Laboratory exercises emphasize on-vehicle application of theory, tools, and technique. Assessment Level(s): AELR 930 /ELAR 980 /READ 099  Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory, one hour discussion each week.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

• Describe the purpose of each of the five parts of a circuit.
• Describe conventional and electron flow theories.
• Identify the positive and negative sides of a circuit.
• Calculate volts, ohms, or amps using Ohm?s Law.
• Calculate watts, volts, or amps using the Power Formula.
• Identify a circuit as series, parallel or series-parallel.
• Calculate total resistance of a series circuit.
• Calculate equivalent resistance of a parallel circuit.
• Calculate total and branch currents in a circuit, as applicable.
• Calculate voltage drops in a circuit.
• Identify common types of circuit and component failures.
• Describe appropriate method(s) to diagnose failures.
• Identify appropriate tool(s) for diagnosing electrical circuits.
• Identify appropriate tool(s) for repairing electrical faults.
• Locate and utilize appropriate service information to diagnose and repair circuit failures (TSBs, wiring diagrams, component locators, exploded views, continuity tables, and removal and replacement procedures).
• Repair failed wiring to industry standard (solder and solderless).
• Replace failed wiring within a harness.
• Replace faulty and damaged wiring harness.
• Repair and replace failed connectors and terminals.
• Replace failed protection devices.
• Replace failed control devices.
• Measure volts, ohms, amps, frequency, and duty cycle.
• Test junction diode for short and open diodes.
• Demonstrate correct use of common electrical service tools.

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