Automotive/Avionics Electronics Course Syllabus

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Electronics Course Syllabus

Assignment Code 17106

Spearfish High School 2015-2016

Mrs. Kristi McCoy, Instructor

(605) 717-1212 (W)

(605) 892-6152 (H)

Automotive/Avionics Electronics Course/Program Description

½ Credit - 1 sem course/90min periods elective - Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

*(Pre-requisite - DC Electronics)

The first half of the course deals with Automotive Electronics and is an introductory course in basic automotive systems.  It includes an introduction to automobile engines, fuel systems, hydraulic applications, drive train, and mechanical systems.  Automotive electricity is emphasized, and the student will learn about the specific electronic circuitry that allows the modern automobile to function. The second half of the semester deals with Avionics and the electrical systems contained in today’s airplanes, both large and small. Topics that will be covered include Operational Systems, Electrical Systems, Warning Systems and if time allows, Data Communications.

Materials/Textbook Information

Instruction is Computer Aided Instruction (CAI) which has been developed by the NIDA Corporation.

Laptop, Internet, and Class Rules and Procedures

If the laptop is to be used, students must hook up to SynchroneyesNo Internet or e-mailing will be allowed without permission from the instructor. No computer games are allowed in my classroom at any time of the day or school year. 1 hour of detention will be given for getting caught breaking this rule.

Homework Procedures

Contact me at for assignments if you have missed a class period.

Assessment Plan

Student Evaluation Process for Spearfish Credit

30% Lesson tests

55% Block tests

5% Lab points

5% Notes

5% Solder Project

Letter grades are determined by the SHS grading scale outlined below:



Description of Work



Consistently demonstrates an exceptional level of quality and effort. Having all work in on time and completed to exceed expectations. Mastery in evaluating, synthesizing, and applying the knowledge.



Consistently demonstrates proficient knowledge with good quality of work. All assignments are complete and on time. Demonstrates ability to evaluate, analyze, synthesize and apply the principles.



Demonstrates proficient knowledge and ability to apply knowledge. Work shows average effort. Few assignments missed or late.



Work shows minimal effort and late assignments. Demonstrates a basic understanding of recalling or comprehending knowledge


Below 60%

Understanding is below basic. Work is of poor quality and does not meet standards or expectations.

Grade Rounding Policy & Semester Tests:

Semester tests will be given on the scheduled test date. They will be weighted at 20% of a student’s final grade. This score will be added to the student’s semester accumulative score. .5 % or higher grades will be rounded up. Example: 94.5% will be rounded to 95%. 94.49 will be treated as 94%.

Student Notebook:

Note taking is required. As the student progresses through the CAI they will take notes and these notes will be graded.

Make Up Work

Makeup Tests: Tests should be made up within one week of missing a scheduled test date.

Testing Policy: No talking, No cheating. Tests will be collected and given no credit if either

offence is violated.

Makeup Work: Missing assignments should be turned in within one week of missing a scheduled


General Information

Soldering Project. Students will choose one or two projects to be built. The student will pay for

their kit. Cost varies from $6.00 to $50.00 or more. This project will be done after all lessons and tests are completed. Scholarships are available.

Field trips. Students may have the opportunity to go on a field trip to local businesses and

factories. Participation will be optional. If a student chooses not to participate, they will stay in the classroom and work on regular scheduled course work.

General Outline

Introduction to Vehicle Technology

  • Introduction to the Automobile

  • Electrical Systems

  • Charging and Ignition

  • Fuel Systems

  • Engines

  • Cooling Systems

  • Hydraulic Systems

  • AC & Heating Systems

  • Drive Train and Suspension

  • Body Design

Introduction to Automotive Electricity

  • Auto Safety

  • Equipment Familiarization

  • Metric Notation

  • Volts, Current, and Resistance

  • Switches, Protective Devices

Automotive Test Equipment

  • Introduction to the Multi-meter

  • Multi-meter Use

  • Voltage Measurements

  • Current Measurements

  • Resistance Measurements

  • Introduction to the Oscilloscope

Basic Electrical DC & AC

  • Ohms Law

  • Series Circuits

  • Parallel Circuits

  • Series/Parallel Circuits

  • Voltage Divider

  • Relay Operation

  • Alternating Current (AC)

Basic Electronics

  • Inductor Operation

  • Capacitor Operation

  • Diode Operation

  • Transistor Operation

  • AND Gates

  • OR Gates

  • NOT Gates

  • Intro to Combinational Circuits

Basic Automotive Systems

  • Turn Signal Systems

  • Starting Systems

  • Ignition Systems

  • Charging Systems

  • Fuel Injection

  • Engine Cooling & Climate Control

Car Audio Systems
  • Car Audio Systems

  • Car Audio Design and Installation

Trailer Wiring & Connectors

Operation of switches

Operational Systems

  • Flight Controls System

  • Ignition System

  • Fuel Systems

  • Navigational System

  • Supporting System

  • Propulsion Systems

  • Aircraft Instruments

Electrical Systems

  • Basic Power Distribution

  • Split-bus Power Distribution

  • Three-Phase Power Generation

  • PWM Switching Power Supplies

Warning Systems

  • Master Warning and Annuciator System

  • Engine Monitoring and Crew Alerting Systems

  • Fire Warning and Extinguishing Systems

  • Environmental Control and Warning System

Course Standards_______________________________________

ELTRON1.1. Employ appropriate units and abbreviations

ELTRON1.2. Determine unknown values in multiple types of electronic circuits

ELTRON1.3 Identify proper terminology and examine career possibilities

ELTRON2.1. Determine physiological responses to electrical shock

ELTRON2.2. Demonstrate proper safety procedures in the use of soldering and test equipment

ELTRON3.2. Construct circuit board using correct soldering principles and techniques

ELTRON3.3. Determine cause of non-operational circuits

ELTRON4.1. Measure resistance, voltage, and current in circuits

ELTRON4.2. Classify equipment for signal analysis

ELTRON5.1. Calculate and measure, voltage, current, and power solutions in circuits

ELTRON5.2. Troubleshoot solutions to analyze circuit operation

ELTRON6.1. Research career opportunities in the electronics field

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