Automotive Electronics Syllabus for 2021-2022
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AUMT-2337-001 Automotive Electronics


Prerequisites: AUMT 1305 and AUMT 1307

Course Description

Study of electronic principles applied to microcomputers and communication systems. Includes digital fundamentals and use of electronic test equipment. May be taught manufacturer specific.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 3 lab)

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Syllabus Information


CDX Fundamentals of Automotive Technology 2nd Edition

Online Access/Textbook Bundle 

ISBN:  9781284171822


Every student will be required to wear an approved AC logo shirt or a shirt with the company logo that the student works for, to both class and lab. Pants will be respectable and wore properly, waist up around the waist.  Safety glasses are the responsibility of the student and will be worn at all times while in the shop/lab environment. Clean up materials will be supplied as needed. Special tools will be supplied as needed. Safety shoes/boots, with slip resistance soles. Steel toes not required. No regular tennis shoes allowed.

Tools are required to be brought to class by the student. Necessary tools and equipment are provided for in class use for assigned class and lab projects.

Tools are required for student employment during program and before graduation. Tool Purchase Opportunities with discounts at Mac, Snap-on and Western Equipment will be given and encouraged.

Cost for these tools and boxes average $1500.00 - $2000.00. You are responsible for purchasing these tools before graduation.

Required professional and safety attire is mandatory for class and laboratory participation.


This list will be required for all AUMT and DEMR classes



Adjustable Wrenches - 6" and 12"

Chisel Set

Allen Wrench Set - Standard (.050" - 3/8")

Crowfoot Wrench Set - Metric

Allen Wrench Set - Metric (2mm - 7mm)

Crowfoot Wrench Set - Standard 

Combination Wrenches: Standard (1/4" - 1")

Hack Saw and blades

Combination Wrenches: Metric (7mm - 19mm)

Drill- 3/8" and 1/2" variable speed, reversible

16 oz. Ball Peen

Brass Soft Faced

Dead Blow

Rubber Mallet

Mallet Plastic Tip Sledge 2lb

Impact Wrenches - 3/8" and 1/2"

Flare Nut (tubing) Wrenches:                Standard 3/8" - 3/4" 

Hose Clamp Pliers

Flare Nut (tubing) Wrenches:                         Metric 10mm - 17mm

Locking Jaw Needle Nose


Punch Set

Inspection Mirror

External Set:                                                                     E-4, E-5, E-6, E-8, E-10, E-12, E-14, E16 Torx®

Pickup Tool - magnetic and claw type

Tamper Proof Set:

 T8, T10, T15, T20, T27, T30, T40, T45, T50, T55 

Plier Combinations 8”

Screw Extractor Set 

Side Cutters 6”

⅜ Drive Universal Joint

Slip Joint (Water Pump) 8”

1/4 Drive Universal Joint

Needle Nose Pliers 8”

1/2Drive Universal Joint

Wire Strippers and Crimpers 16-22AWG

Impact Sockets ⅜ drive: 

3/8" - 3/4" shallow

3/8" - 3/4" deep

Snap Ring Plier Set - internal and external

Impact Sockets ⅜ drive: 

10mm-19mm shallow

10mm-19mm deep

Screwdriver - Blade Type: Stubby 6", 9", 12"

1/2" Drive:  

 Impact Sockets Standard 7/16" - 1 1/8" Shallow

 Impact Sockets Standard 7/16" - 1 1/8" Deep

Screwdrivers - Phillips:                              Stubby #1, #2 6" #1, #2 12" #3

1/2" Drive:  

Impact Sockets 12mm - 32mm Shallow

Impact Sockets 12mm - 32mm Deep

Torx® Set: T-8, T-10, T-15, T-20, T-25, T-27, T-30, T-40, T-50, T-55 Torx® 

Torque Wrenches (Sound/Click)Type: 

3/8" Drive in. lb. (30 - 250)

Standard Socket Set - 1/4" Drive:

 1/4" - 1/2" shallow 

1/4" - 1/2" Deep

Torque Wrenches (Sound/Click)Type:

 3/8" Drive ft. lb. (5 - 75) 

Metric Socket Set - 1/4" Drive:

6mm - 12mm shallow

 6mm - 12mm Deep

Torque Wrenches (Sound/Click)Type:

1/2" Drive ft. lb. (50 - 250) 

¼ drive: 3", 6" Extensions

Files - for steel and aluminum 

¼ drive: Ratchet


Socket Set - 3/8" Drive:

 5/16" - 3/4" Shallow

 3/8" - 3/4" Deep

Automotive Air Conditioning Gauge set

Socket Set - 3/8" Drive:

9mm - 19mm Shallow

 9mm - 19mm Deep

A/C probe type thermometer 

3/8" Drive:                                                                            3", 6", 12", 18" Extensions


3/8" Drive: Ratchet



 Socket Set - 1/2" Drive: 

7/16" - 1 1/8"Shallow 

7/16" - 1 1/8" Deep 



Socket Set - 1/2" Drive:  

10mm - 25mm Shallow

 10mm - 25mm Deep


1/2" Drive:   5", 10" Extensions 



1/2" Drive:  Ratchet


Vernier Caliper (Dial or Digital)


Tape Measure


Pry Bar Set 


Safety Glasses




Gasket scraper


Thickness Gauge Set


Automotive Digital Multimeter


Lockable Roll around Toolbox or Tool cart 


Closed Toe, Non-slip work shoes or boots


AC Automotive or Diesel  Logo Shirt


Student Performance


WECM End-of-Course Outcomes: Employ proper safety procedures; use scan tools, digital storage oscilloscopes, and other electronic test equipment; and apply electronic principles to the diagnosis of microcomputers, analysis of communication circuits, and interpretation of sensor data.

General: Electrical System Diagnosis

  • Research applicable vehicle and service information including vehicle service history, service precautions,and technical service bulletins. (P-1)
  • Demonstrate proper use of a digital multimeter (DMM) when measuring source voltage, voltage drop (including grounds), current flow and resistance. (P-1)
  • Diagnose the cause(s) of excessive key-off battery drain (parasitic draw); determine needed action. (P-1)
  • Inspect and test fusible links, circuit breakers, and fuses; determine needed action. (P-1)
  • Inspect, test, repair, and/or replace components, connectors, terminals, harnesses, and wiring in electrical/electronic systems (including solder repairs); determine needed action.  (P-1)

Battery Diagnosis and Service

  • Perform battery state-of-charge test; determine needed action. (P-1)
  • Confirm proper battery capacity for vehicle application; perform battery capacity and load test; determine needed action. (P-1)
  • Maintain or restore electronic memory functions. (P-1)
  • Inspect and clean battery; fill battery cells; check battery cables, connectors, clamps, and hold-downs. (P-1)
  • Perform slow/fast battery charge according to manufacturers' recommendations. (P-1)
  • Identify electrical/electronic modules, security systems, radios, and other accessories that require reinitialization or code entry after reconnecting vehicle battery. (P-1)
  • Identify safety precautions for high voltage systems on electric, hybrid-electric, and diesel vehicles. (P-2)
  • Identify hybrid vehicle auxiliary (12v) battery service, repair, and test procedures. (P-2)

Starting System Diagnosis and Repair

  • Perform starter current draw tests; determine needed action. (P-1)
  • Perform starter circuit voltage drop tests; determine needed action. (P-1)
  • Remove and install starter in a vehicle. (P-1)
  • Inspect and test starter relays and solenoids; determine needed action. (P-2)
  • Inspect and test switches, connectors, and wires of starter control circuits; determine needed action. (P-2)
  • Differentiate between electrical and engine mechanical problems that cause a slow-crank or a no-crank condition. (P-2)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of automatic idle-stop/start-stop system. (P-2)

Charging System Diagnosis and Repair

  • Perform charging system output test; determine necessary action. (P-1)
  • Diagnose (troubleshoot) charging system for causes of undercharge, no-charge, or overcharge conditions. (P-1)
  • Inspect, adjust, and/or replace generator (alternator) drive belts; check pulleys and tensioners for wear; check pulley and belt alignment. (P-1)
  • Remove, inspect, and/or replace generator (alternator). (P-1)
  • Perform charging circuit voltage drop tests; determine needed action. (P-1)

Lighting Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  • Diagnose (troubleshoot) the causes of brighter-than-normal, intermittent, dim, or no light operation; determine needed action. (P-1)
  • Inspect interior and exterior lamps and sockets including headlights and auxiliary lights (fog lights/driving lights);replace as needed. (P-1)
  • Aim headlights. (P-2)
  • Identify system voltage and safety precautions associated with high-intensity discharge headlights. (P-2)

Instrument Cluster and Driver Information systems Diagnosis and Repair

  • Inspect and test gauges and gauge sending units for causes of abnormal readings; determine needed action. (P-2)
  • Diagnose (troubleshoot) the causes of incorrect operation of warning devices and other driver information systems; determine needed action. (P-2)
  • Reset maintenance indicators as required. (P-2)

Body Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  • Describe operation of comfort and convenience accessories and related circuits (such as: power window, power seats, pedal height, power locks, truck locks, remote start, moon roof, sun roof, sun shade, remote keyless entry, voice activation, steering wheel controls, back-up camera, parking assist, cruise control, and auto dimming headlamps); determine needed repairs. (P-3)
  • Describe operation of security/anti-theft systems and related circuits (such as: theft deterrent, door locks, remote keyless entry, remote start, and starter/fuel disable); determine needed repairs. (P-3)
  • Describe operation of entertainment and related circuits (such as: radio, DVD, remote CD changer, navigation, amplifiers, speakers, antennas, and voice-activated accessories); determine needed repairs.    (P-3)
  • Describe operation of safety systems and related circuits (such as: horn, airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners. occupancy classification, wipers, washers, speed control/collision avoidance, heads-up display, parking assist, and back-up camera); determine needed repairs. (P-3)
  • Demonstrate testing of body electronic system circuits using a scan tool; check for module communication errors (data communication bus systems); determine needed action. (P-3)
  • Describe the process for software tranfser, software updates, or reprogramming of electronic modules. (P-3)

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Students are required to comply with the Amarillo College Technical Education Code of Professional Conduct. The Amarillo College Technical Education Code of Professional Conduct will be posted on the bulletin board in the Transportation Career Center and the Academic Classroom Center and will be explained in detail by the Instructor on the first day of class.

Students are to wear masks when on Campus. Students must come to class wearing the appropriate AC uniform shirt

Students MUST wear safety glasses while in the shop/lab. You will not be allowed into the shop without your safety glasses. 

Electronic devices are to be on silent during class and lab time

Students will be respectful of other classes being conducted in the building, respectful of their peers, and of the other instructors

Students are expected to dress appropriately (shirts tucked in, no profanity on clothing, no holes in clothing) and clothing must appear to be laundered regularly

Students are expected to demonstrate proper hygiene while enrolled and on campus



Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria




Grading Criteria
20% daily attendance and particapation
25% homework
15% tests
30% labs and tasksheets
10% final exam all students must take the final
Students must have 100% attendance and 90% or higher over all grade to not take the final. Finals are the last week of the 8 weeks. Review and cleanup will be Monday and Tuesday of that week. Finals will be Wednesday and Thursday with a BLC cookout Thursday at noon with all instructors and students in attendance.

All assignments will be turned in a timely manner for a grade or the student will receive a failing grade (F). 

            Shop/lab projects grade is at the instructor’s discretion.

Homework is due the class day after the test for the chapter(s), or 10 points will be taken off grade of the homework for each class day that it is late. Homework for the last chapter(s) of the course is due day of the last test.

All job work sheets are due by the next shop class after the job work sheet was to be done or five points will be taken from the grade for each class day late.

Shop write ups are due by the next shop day or five points will be taken off the shop write up for each class day that it is late.

Lose of points from being absent; tardiness and leaving early totaling 6 days will result in a failure grade. No matter what the students other grades add up to.

Instructor holds the rights to add to the points or take points away, depending on student’s performance.

Student following of the Amarillo College Technical Education Code of Professional Conduct will be considered in the final grade.

Being absent more than 6 days will result in a failing grade, no matter what the students other grades add up to.


  Grades Scored Between                  Equals  



   90% and up

   80% and  Less Than  90%    


   70% and  Less Than  80%    


   60% and  Less Than  70%    


    0% and  Less Than  60%     




Class attendance is mandatory and will effect final grade. Learning tricks of the trade will only come from attending lectures and hands on instruction.


If a student misses 10% of total class time they get deducted a letter grade
Students must attend class 75% of scheduled class time or they will be asked dropped from the class or fail
Students arriving 15 or more minutes late or leave 15 or more minutes early receive a 50% for the day
All assignments have a Due date and will not be accepted after that date
Students must wear AC logo work shirt for class


Leaving without signing out is same as Early Departure Unexcused.

Signing out early without instructor’s permission is same as Early Departure Unexcused.

 Students must sign themselves in and out. Students are not allowed to sign another student in or out


Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

03/24/22 7:34 AM

Last Edited on:

03/24/22 7:34 AM