AUTO 155: Chassis Systems
Course Outcomes and Description
Welcome to the AUTO 155: Chassis Systems course! You will learn the theory of operation, diagnosis, service, and repair procedures of automotive chassis (steering, suspension, and braking) systems and prepare for a career as an automotive professional. By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand braking system theory and operation.
- Know the purpose and function of steering and suspension systems.
- Understand vehicle safety systems, including antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring systems, and passive restraints.
- Be able to pass ASE certification exams.
- Know how to prepare for internship and career opportunities.
Learning Model Architecture
Begin by asking for the Lord's help in your studies as you thoughtfully consider the weekly Ponder activity. Then you are encouraged to take notes to increase your learning and retention as you study each week’s materials. After studying the material, you will take a comprehension quiz. These auto-graded quizzes will help you determine how well you understood the material and which concepts you should study further. You will have two attempts to complete each Quiz.
Teach One Another
After completing the above preparation activities, you will be prepared to deepen and extend your learning with your classmates. Together, you will consider a scenario related to the weekly material and explain your position. You must complete your initial Discussion post before gaining access to your classmates' comments. After posting your initial thoughts, read several of your classmates' posts and learn all you can by striving to understand their perspective. Continue the discussion as you teach and learn from each other.
At the end of each week, you will complete a variety of assignments to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and skills learned. Examples of these kinds of Ponder/Prove assignments include essays, case study write-ups, exams, ASE practice tests, and experiential learning (go do something and then report what you learned).
Since AUTO 155 is one of the first courses you will complete, there aren't any prerequisites for this course.
All course materials are provided within the course at no additional cost.
- It is preferred that you have your own computer, but you must have regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are the preferred browsers and will provide the best I-Learn experience. For full details, refer to the Systems Requirements page.
- Visit the University Store's Technology Downloads page. Follow the instructions to download the suite. Scroll down on that page to access Help & Tutorials as needed.
President Thomas S. Monson said, "When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates" (Conference Report, October 1970, p. 107). Your performance in this course, like most courses, will be measured and reported in an effort to accelerate your growth and improvement.
The due dates for this course are Mid Week and End of the Week.
This course has been designed to promote student success. Please follow the study guidelines and submit your work before the deadlines. Submitting work after a deadline has passed is not professional. Since one of the outcomes of this course is to help you prepare to enter the automotive field as a professional, late work will not be accepted.
Note: If you encounter a rare occurrence such as a hospitalization, death of a close family member, or large-scale national disaster, please contact your instructor immediately to discuss the situation.
Your grade will be calculated based on the points you earn for all work submitted in the course. The assignment of letter grades follows the standard BYU-I grading scale. Please put forth diligent effort to study hard and learn all you can during your short time in this course.
There are four exams in this course, each worth between 43-70 points. A typical week contains 75 points:
- Reading Quiz: 15 points
- Weekly Discussion: 20 points
- Weekly Quizzes: 20 points
- Weekly Essays: 20 points
If you complete the course and demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the material, you will receive a "C." If you complete the course and demonstrate that you are prepared to be successful in the next-level courses, you will earn a "B." If you demonstrate an outstanding and skillful understanding of the course material, provide ample evidence of original thought, and consistently strive to serve other students, you will earn an "A."
The Grading System outlined by the university states the following:
- “A” represents outstanding understanding, application, and integration of subject material and extensive evidence of original thinking, skillful use of concepts, and ability to analyze and solve complex problems. Demonstrates diligent application of Learning Model principles, including initiative in serving other students.
- “B” represents considerable/significant understanding, application, and incorporation of the material that would prepare a student to be successful in next level courses, graduate school, or employment. The student participates in the Learning Model as applied in the course.
- “C” represents sufficient understanding of subject matter. The student demonstrates minimal initiative to be prepared for class. Sequenced courses could be attempted, but mastering new materials might prove challenging. The student participates only marginally in the Learning Model.
- “D” represents poor performance and initiative to learn, understand, and apply course materials. Retaking a course or remediation may be necessary to prepare for additional instruction in this subject matter.
- “F” represents failure in the course.
Please refer to the University Policies page for information regarding student honor, academic honesty, dress and grooming, students with disabilities, sexual harassment, complaints and grievances, and copyright.
The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this Syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.