Commercial Drivers License Written Skills Syllabus for 2021-2022
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CVOP-1305-001 Commercial Drivers License Written Skills


Course Description

Overview of the State of Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License written test. In depth coverage of air brakes, combination vehicle, doubles and triples, tankers and hazardous materials. Includes preparation for mastery of the Commercial Drivers License written examination.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Handbook, Revised June, 2014

J.J. Keller Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual 3rd Edition, ISBN-13:978-1-68008-047-6


CDL Permit

Log Book

Ink Pen


Student Performance

Course Competencies:

  • Explain all state and federal laws with respect to the Commercial Drivers License
  • Identify various components of the vehicle and;
  • Explain their application to the safe operation and compliance of a commercial vehicle

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

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The instructor will use AC email as the primary means of communicating with students. Students are responsible for email messages sent to their AC email account; thus, students are responsible for checking their AC email accounts. The instructor will only respond to emails sent from the student's official AC email account and that identify the applicable class in the subject line or first sentence of the email. Further, emails should be professional using proper spelling and grammar, if the student expects a response.

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Academic integrity is vital. Any acts of academic dishonesty will be penalized severely. The instructor has a zero-tolerance policy regarding academic dishonesty.

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Evaluation and Grades

Each student's grade will be based upon his/her performance on each of the course sections. The course has 3 sections as follows:

Grading Section                           Percentage

Participation                                   30%

Homework                                      40%

Attendance                                     30%

Grading Scale: A = 90 to 100, B = 80 to 89, C = 70 to 79, D = 60 to 69, F = Below 60


Students are expected to participate in class. Class participation includes: (1) asking relevant questions, (2) adding to class discussions, (30 participating in any group work, (4) abiding by the Code of Professional Conduct, and (5) not sleeping in class (Any sleeping in class will result in a zero (0) participation grade and the student will be asked to leave the class to prevent distracting other students.)


Most lectures will have an associated assignment. This assignment may involve studying for a test, reading and highlighting, or completing quizzes. If a student fails to receive a grade of 80% or better on all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated subjects and skills training, he/she will not be allowed to take the skills exam and will not receive a CDL and/or certificate of completion. All homework is due by noon on the last day of class and must be completed on-time to receive a grade. Any late work, that has not been approved prior to the due date, will receive a grade of zero (0).


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Module 1

  • Welcome
  • AEL Activities 
  • Homework – Follow along and highlight chapter 14 "Special Requirements for Texas Commercial Motor Vehicles" in your DPS manual and online in your blackboard class located in Module 1

Module 2

  • AEL and TABE first half of the day
  • Students will watch the Apex Tractor-Trailer inspection video located in Module 2 to gain an understanding of the parts of the tractor-trailer that will be mentioned throughout the DPS manual. There will also be visuals available on the wall of the classroom
  • Review for exam over chapter 14 utilizing study materials and practice tests available in Module 2 and on classroom computers
  • Complete exam over chapter 14 in module 2, then at the DPS office
  • Follow along and highlight the Prologue and chapters 1, 2 & 3 located in Module 2. If not completed by the end of class, you must complete this as a homework assignment

Module 3

  • Study for General Knowledge exam utilizing study materials and practice test available in Module 3
  • Homework – study for General Knowledge exam and complete exam in module 3

Module 4

  • Meet at the DPS office at 8:00 AM and complete General Knowledge exam
  • Follow along and highlight chapter 6 “Combination Vehicles” located in Module 4
  • Review for exam over chapter 6 utilizing study materials and practice test available in Module 4 and on classroom computers
  • Review the Hours of Service regulations located in Module 4
  • Complete the Daily Log Exercises located in Module 4
  • Complete exam over chapter 6 in module 4 and then at the DPS office
  • Follow along and highlight chapter 5 “Air Brakes” located in Module 5

Module 5

  • Review for exam over Air Brakes utilizing study materials and practice test located in Module 5 and on classroom computers
  • Complete exam over chapter 5 in module 5 and then at the DPS office
  • Study chapters 7 “Double & Triple Trailers” & 8 “Tank Vehicles” located in Module 6. If you plan to obtain those endorsements, you will be given the opportunity to leave a little early today and/or tomorrow to take these exams if time permits, otherwise when time does permit

Module 6

  • Overview of chapter 11 “Vehicle Inspection”, chapter 12 “Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test”, and chapter 13 “On-Road Driving”
  • Demonstration of the vehicle inspection utilizing the Vehicle Inspection Checklist handout
  • Practice the vehicle inspection
  • Allow students to work on chapters 1 & 2 in the Driver Training manual, if time permits, otherwise it must be completed after class

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Amarillo College East Campus Logistics Training Center Room 505, 1310 F Avenue, 79111

Phone # (806)335-4385 (voice mail)

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Syllabus Created on:

08/25/21 10:56 AM

Last Edited on:

08/25/21 10:56 AM