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NOVA AUT 266 - Syllabus

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NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY AUT 266 - AUTO ALIGNMENT, SUSPENSION, AND STEERING (4 CR.) Instructor: Tim Godfrey Office HRS: T-R 2:00 to 5:00 PM Phone: 703-257-6677 Final Exam: 7 March 08 Cell: 703-505-3689 Email – [email protected] TEXT: Automotive Steering, Suspension, & Wheel Alignment, 3rd edition Chek-chart, Pearson Pub, Copyright 2006, ISBN 0-1311-8478-4 COURSE DESCRIPTION Introduces use of alignment equipment in diagnosing, adjusting, and repairing front and rear suspensions. Deals with repair and servicing of power and standard steering systems. Lecture 6 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 12 hours per week. GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE This course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of automotive steering systems and front and rear suspension alignment. Emphasis is placed upon theory of alignment, types of steering systems, problem diagnosis and correction of steering and alignment problems. Particular emphasis is placed upon suspension inspection, logical trouble-shooting techniques, repair, and adjustment. The student will develop a working knowledge of the use of alignment equipment in correcting steering problems. ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES: None Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: A. identify the components of the steering system, and the front and rear suspension systems that are common to modern passenger vehicles B. demonstrate an understanding of the technology and theories that relate to the operation of the steering system and the front and rear suspension systems C. demonstrate an understanding of the theories and terminology related to wheel alignment D. comprehend the interrelationship existing among the components of the steering and suspension systems, and their effects on wheel alignment E. demonstrate skills in inspection procedures, trouble-shooting, and making corrective repairs and adjustments F. identify existing problems related to tires, wheels, steering systems, suspension systems, and wheel alignment G. use available service manuals in locating specifications related to the inspection, repair, and adjustment of steering and suspension systems and wheel alignment H. identify and practice work habits that will preserve their safety and the safety of others in the lab, thus insuring a high level of quality and professionalism in the services performedMAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED A. Introduction to alignment and diagnosis tools and equipment B. Suspension and steering system designs C. Steering and suspension system inspections D. The cause and effect of suspension and wheel problems E. Front and Rear wheel alignment angles F. Wheel balancing and vibration diagnosis G. Testing and troubleshooting: Front and rear H. Wheel and tire problems and service I. Power steering operation and service J. Re-circulating ball bearing steering gear: 1. operation; 2. diagnosis; 3. service A. Rack-and-pinion steering gear: 1. operation; 2. diagnosis; 3. service GENERAL:Study the entire text, specific readings will be assigned; however, students are responsible for both the classroom and shop texts. Quizzes:Expect a quiz at the beginning of each class. Additional written or verbal quizzes may be given at any time. In the event that you miss a quiz, you can only take a make-up if you have a valid excuse for missing the quiz (Make-ups may be out of class written assignments or in class presentations). ATTENDANCE: Attendance is mandatory. The quizzes, tests, and laboratory contract are the basis of your grade, missing class or lab will affect your ability to pass the course. Let me know if you will not be able to make class by leaving a message on my answering machine! Missing three classes will cause you to fail the course. CLASS START/END TIMES:Class begins at 1:00 PM and ends at 4:45 PM on MWF. In the event I am delayed more than 10 minutes beyond the beginning of class, students are instructed to contact: John Hicks, lab mechanic, or the Science and Technology division secretary located in Colgan Hall ext. 6604/6605 for directions. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: If a student requires any special services, he/she must contact the special services counselor to make arrangements. Students who have special needs or require accommodations need to inform the instructor. Please let me know by the end of the second class/lab period. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Academic dishonesty shall not be condoned. When such misconduct is established as having occurred, it subjects the student to possible disciplinary actions ranging from admonition to dismissal, along with any grade penalty the instructor might, in appropriate cases, impose. Procedural safeguards of due process and appeal are available to the student in disciplinary matters. STUDENT HANDBOOK: Students are reminded to read Sections II, Student Conduct, and Section VI, Academic Dishonesty, of the Student Handbook. If you have any questions or need clarification, please ask.INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: The college policy for canceling classes due to inclement weather is not campus specific. The decision to cancel classes for the entire college is made early in the morning for daytime classes and in the afternoon for evening classes (separate decisions). This information is available on local radio and TV stations as well as NOVANET. Phone 330-3770 (P.W. County), and 323-3770 (all others). IN REGARDS TO TRAVEL TO CLASS DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER, USE COMMON SENSE. IF THE ROADS ARE UNSAFE, DO NOT DRIVE! Email or call me on my cell phone to excuse the absence. COURSE WITHDRAWAL: In the event you are unable to complete the course requirements and you wish to withdrawal, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING THE NECESSARY FORMS available at the Admissions & Records office to obtain a "W" grade. Failure to do so on you part is a failing grade for the course. Last day to drop the course Without grade penalty is Feb 18th, you will not get your money back for the course. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 1. Achieve a passing average in the oral/written quizzes. 2. Complete the lab contract. GRADES: Lab Contract 40% A = 91-100 Quizzes/Test 50% B = 81-90 Class/Lab Participation 10% C = 71-80 D = 61-70 F = Below 60 tdg/aut266sylabus

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