AUT 215 Course Syllabus
Diagnosis and Repair
Northern Virginia Community College
logical diagnostic paths to identify vehicle HC, CO, and NOX failure areas. Teaches a
progression of failure detection from most likely to more complex causes.
Emphasizes use of current diagnostic equipment, including
scan tools, infrared exhaust-gas analyzers and manufacturer’s service
information. Lecture, two hours per week. 2 credits.
completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Describe the most significant
features of State and Federal laws regarding vehicle emissions and their
- Locate and identify the various
emission control devices used by automotive manufacturers.
- Explain the purpose of each
emissions control device.
- Explain the cause and effect
relationship of combustion efficiency and exhaust emissions.
- Describe the use and operation
of an infrared exhaust gas analyzer.
- Identify excessive exhaust
- Explain the proper procedures
required to diagnose and repair a vehicle with excessive emissions.
- Identify the general problem
areas that can contribute to excessive HC, CO,
and NOX emissions.
- Describe the OBD II I/M testing
- Understand basic concepts of
OBD II I/M failure diagnosis.
- Be better prepared to take AUT
226, Advanced ASM Emissions Diagnostics. Successful completion of the AUT
226 course is required to obtain an Air Check Virginia/DEQ Certified
Repair Technician license.
read, write, and speak the English language. AUT 111
and AUT 241 are recommended prerequisite courses.
226 Advanced ASM Emissions Diagnostics / 2009 / First Edition
Grady / Prague
- Attendance and participation =
- Homework and quizzes = 30%
- Final exam = 30%
grade equivalents: A = 91-100%
B = 81-90%
C = 71-80%
F = 60% and below
Student Responsibilities and
- Attendance is mandatory! And it
is 40% of your final grade!
- Students who do not attend the
first two class meetings will be withdrawn from this course in accordance
with current College policy. Students that attend at least one of the
first two class meetings will not
be dropped and subject to a failing grade if they do not attend future
classes. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from the course if
they cannot continue the course and do not want a failing grade.
- Classes are planned to begin at
their scheduled times. Late arrivals will result in a grade penalty.
- Students are strongly encouraged
to be prepared to take notes during lectures. If you really struggle with
taking notes, you may request permission to record the lecture (audio ONLY!). You MUST inform
the instructor prior to recording any class activity!
- All homework assignments are
due one week from when they are given. Assignments turned in late will be
subject to a grade penalty of 10% for each week past the due date.
- Students must use ScanTron answer
sheets/forms for all assigned homework and quizzes/tests, unless otherwise
specified by the instructor.
- Students must obtain safety
eyewear that conforms to the ANSI Z87 standard or better. This safety
eyewear should be brought to each class meeting, as there will be
occasional laboratory demonstrations. Eyewear meeting this standard is
available at the campus bookstore.
- Students must adhere to current
Automotive Laboratory safety rules while in laboratory areas.
- The use of personal electronic
devices in either the classroom or laboratory is limited to course-related
use. Texting, web-surfing and gaming are unacceptable activities during
class sessions and may result in a grade penalty.
- The course Blackboard site will
be enabled at the beginning of the course. The site will be used for
announcements, assignments and supplemental resources. Make certain that
you can access the Blackboard application.
- Students should check their
NOVA email account or inbox at least once a week. Also, make certain that
your contact information and program placement/major is correct and up to
date with Student Services.
- There will be no make-up test
allowed for the final examination.
- If you are seeking special
accommodations based on a documented disability, you must provide an
Accommodations Memorandum from Student Services.
- Please feel free to discuss any
concerns or problems regarding this course with the instructor.
- Realize that this course
belongs to you and your success
depends on your full participation.
Bisdorf/AA Building, Room AA352
Note! Instructor office hours are posted at www.nvcc.edu/home/rbennett .
Course Text Coverage
We will be
using the A8 section (first section) of the AUT 226, Advanced ASM Emissions
Diagnostics, text book. One of the purposes of this
course is to prepare the student with the necessary knowledge to take and successfully
pass AUT 226. To that end, the entire first section of this text will be used,
including the A8 sample test section. You will be given reading assignments
each week at the end of the class session. Class assignments will also be
posted on the course BlackBoard site, so please make
certain you have access to the SIS BlackBoard application.
Additional Course Information
College emergency and closing information, go to www.nvcc.edu
and click on “Closings & Emergencies” at the bottom of the home page.
- In the event of a delayed
opening, if there is at least 45 minutes left in the class session, the
class will meet at the indicated campus opening time.
- Automotive safety
information/MSDSs are located in the Tool Room, AE117.
- The instructor and/or the
College reserve the right to change the course as deemed appropriate.
- Last day to drop with tuition
refund or change to audit (census date)---January 21
- Parking enforcement begins in
student “B” lots---January 31
- Last day to withdraw without
grade penalty---February 15
- Last day to apply for Spring
- Classes and examinations end---March 9
- Spring Break. No classes---March 10-16
- For further important date
information, the “Academic Calendar” can be accessed from the NOVA home