Jun 23, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog 
    
2024-2025 College Catalog

AFM 161 - Automotive Electrical Fundamentals and Applications

5 Credits, 9 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 6 lab periods
Fundamental operation and application of low voltage DC electrical and electronic automotive systems. Includes diagnosis and repair of electrical circuits. Focus on vehicle starting, charging and accessory systems.

Information: Students who successfully complete this course may receive Service Technician Specialty Training credit from Ford Motor Company for Basic Electrical Diagnosis and Repair. 
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Interpret types of circuit construction.
  2. Assess series, parallel and series-parallel circuit behaviors.
  3. Assess low voltage battery systems.
  4. Evaluate common starting systems.
  5. Evaluate common charging systems.
  6. Interpret circuit function and analyze faults using wiring diagrams.
  7. Diagnose electrical malfunctions using a multimeter.

Outline:
  1. Electricity Fundamentals
    1. Electron Flow
    2. Units of measure
      1. Voltage
      2. Amperage
      3. Resistance
    3. Ohm’s Law
    4. Kirchoff’s Law
    5. Watt’s Law
  2. Circuit Construction
    1. Series
    2. Parallel
    3. Series Parallel
  3. Multimeter function
    1. Usage techniques
    2. Measurement interpretation
    3. Limitations
  4. Using and interpreting wiring diagrams
    1. Powerflow
    2. Component locations
    3. Associated componentry
  5. Battery Systems
    1. Function
    2. Testing
    3. Diagnosis
    4. Repair
  6. Charging Systems
    1. Function
    2. Testing
    3. Diagnosis
    4. Repair
  7. Starting Systems
    1. Function
    2. Testing
    3. Diagnosis
    4. Repair
  8. Accessory Systems
    1. Function
    2. Testing
    3. Diagnosis
    4. Repair


Effective Term:
Fall 2024