Feb 19, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



1 Credit Hour

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.

Catalog Description:

AMS3150 - Brakes II (1 hr.)

This course will enable the student to gain basic understanding and hands on experience utilizing industry standard procedures in the diagnosing and repair of anti-lock braking systems. Topics presented throughout the course cover how anti-lock brake systems affect hydraulic systems, drum and disc brakes, power brakes, and emergency stopping.

Course Classification:



Student must have enrolled and successfully passed AMS 3149 Brakes I or equivalent, or instructor approval.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge concerning entry-level skills contained in the sequenced competencies, for success, after graduation from the Automotive Technology Program.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify the principles and procedures of braking systems.

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: Antilock Brake and Traction Control Systems

Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding and ability to inspect, diagnose and repair antilock brake components.

  • Identify and inspect antilock brake system (ABS) components; determine necessary action.
  • Diagnose poor stopping, wheel lock-up, abnormal pedal feel or pulsation, and noise concerns caused by antilock brake system (ABS); determine necessary action.
  • Diagnose antilock brake system (ABS) electronic control(s) and components using self-diagnosis and/or recommended test equipment; determine necessary action.
  • Depressurize high-pressure components of the antilock brake system (ABS).
  • Bleed the antilock brake systems (ABS) front and rear hydraulic circuits.
  • Remove and install antilock brake system (ABS) electrical/electronic and hydraulic components.
  • Test, diagnose and service ABS speed sensors, toothed ring (tone wheel), and circuits using a graphing multi-meter (GMM)/digital storage oscilloscope (DSO) (includes output signal, shorts to voltage/ground, and frequency data).
  • Diagnose antilock brake system (ABS) braking concerns caused by vehicle modifications (tire size, curb height, final drive ratio, etc.).
  • Identify traction control system components.

Projects Required:

Various, refer to syllabus


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.