Feb 21, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog

AMS3127 AUTOMOTIVE HYBRID & ALTERNATIVE FUEL TECHNOLOGIES COURSE PROCEDURE


AMS3127 AUTOMOTIVE HYBRID & ALTERNATIVE FUEL TECHNOLOGIES

3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year and to area high school vocational students who have interest in advancing their knowledge in the area of Hybrids and Alternative Fuel Technologies.

Catalog Description:

AMS3127 - Automotive Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Technologies (3 hrs.)

This class is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the dynamics involved in hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles as well as requiring basic competencies in the skills and knowledge necessary to diagnose and repair alternative fuel technology vehicles.

Course Classification:

Lecture/Lab

Prerequisites:

A passing grade in AMS3117 Electrical I and AMS3118 Electrical II, or passed the equivalent ASE Certification exam in Electrical and Electronic Systems.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge, and provide an advanced understanding of the dynamics involved in Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles as well as requiring basic competencies in the skills and knowledge necessary to diagnose and repair alternative fuel technology vehicles.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to diagnose and repair successfully related problems specific to the automotive electrical system.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Hybrid Vehicles

Outcomes: This course will enable the student to gain basic understanding and hands on experience utilizing industry standard procedures in the diagnosing and repair of hybrid vehicles. Topics presented throughout the course cover hybrid vehicle systems and components, safety procedures, and troubleshooting using the latest diagnostic bi-directional communication equipment.

  • Interpret and identify hybrid electric vehicle components and systems.
  • Identify location of high voltage circuit disconnect and safety procedures.
  • Perform inspection of computerized engine control system sensors using a scan tool.
  • Access and use service information to perform step-by-step diagnosis.

UNIT 2: Electric Vehicles (Zero Emission Vehicles)

Outcomes: This course will enable the student to gain basic understanding and hands on experience utilizing industry standard procedures in the diagnosing and repair of electric driven vehicles. Topics presented throughout the course cover motor fundamentals, high/low voltage systems, and use of capacitance testing of battery cells.

  • Interpret and Identify electric motor vehicle components and systems.
  • Identify location of high voltage/ low voltage sides of the electronic motor systems.
  • Perform inspection of battery state of charge using a capacitance tester.
  • Access the vehicle communication network and determine malfunctions as necessary.

UNIT 3: Alternative Fuel Vehicles (CNG/LPG)

Outcomes: This course will enable the student to gain basic understanding and hands on experience utilizing industry standard procedures in the diagnosing and repair of alternative fuel powered vehicles. Topics presented throughout the course cover liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, safety compliance, and environmental impacts of usage.

  • Identify CNG/LPG fuel characteristics and the differences between them and other alternative fuels.
  • Perform safety systems tests on fuel system circuits in accordance with state, local, and federal guidelines.
  • Identify appropriate technical terminology for CNG/LPG systems and components.
  • List the potential environmental and economic benefits and costs of using natural gas.

UNIT 4: Regenerative Braking

Outcomes: This course will enable the student to gain basic understanding and hands on experience utilizing industry standard procedures in the diagnosing and repair of regenerative braking systems on alternative fuel vehicles. Topics presented throughout the course cover regenerative braking component identification, testing, inspection, and safety precautions necessary during service.

  • Locate all components involved in the regenerative braking system.
  • Inspect and test switches, relays, solid state devices, and wires of the regenerative braking system.
  • Use appropriate service information for the testing and inspection of failed components/systems.
  • List the safety precautions necessary when performing service on a vehicle with regenerative braking.

UNIT 5: Fuel Cells

Outcomes: This course will enable the student to gain basic understanding and hands on experience utilizing industry standard procedures in the diagnosing and repair of fuel cell technologies. Topics presented throughout the course cover fuel cell sources, impacts, and safety within the transportation infrastructure.

  • Identify and explain how fuel cells differ from hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles in both components and operation.
  • Explain the major source of energy used in a fuel cell vehicle.
  • Identify future impacts to the environment of the fuel cell technology.
  • Explain the difficulties in creating a safe fuel cell within the current fuel infrastructure in the United States.

Projects Required:

Various, refer to syllabus

Textbook:

Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.