AUT 204 Automotive Engine Performance

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Stanton
Effective Date:
AUT 102, AUT 103, AUT 104


Course Credits and Hours:
4.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
6.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course prepares the student to diagnose, repair, and service automotive electronic systems and components. Laboratory exercises include diagnosis, disassembly, and repair of electronic components such as computerized engine controls, electronic ignition, electronic fuel injection, and other accessories.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

Safety glasses

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):

1. Demonstrate safety within the automotive shop environment. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

2. Interpret service manuals and electronic service information. (CCC 2, 3, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 4)

3. Troubleshoot and solve problems using proper shop equipment and tools. (CCC 2, 3, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 4)

4. Demonstrate proper shop procedures. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate safety within the automotive shop environment.
    1. Demonstrate learned competencies at an introductory level.
    2. Demonstrate safe work ethics in all assigned tasks.
  2. Interpret service manuals and electronic service information.
    1. Obtain necessary repair information for all assigned tasks.
    2. Perform diagnosis following proper flow charts as necessary for all assigned tasks.
  3. Troubleshoot and solve problems using proper shop equipment and tools.
    1. Demonstrate use of hand tools and power tools necessary to perform all assigned tasks.
    2. Demonstrate use of special tools and equipment to properly disassemble and reassemble all necessary components that apply to each assigned task.
  4. Demonstrate proper shop procedures.
    1. Follow shop rules for proper attire, including eye protection.
    2. Demonstrate punctuality in a shop lab.
    3. Check out, maintain, and return tools in accordance with shop procedures.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Summative - Minimum 4 Tests (equally weighted)


Summative - Minimum 7 Quizzes (equally weighted)


Summative/Formative – Minimum 10 Repair Orders/Worksheets (equally weighted)


Summative Assessments - Minimum 2 Practical Assessments (equally weighted) 




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Use appropriate automotive diagnostic and service equipment, hand tools, and precision measuring devices to determine and perform the proper repair as necessary.   
  2. Interpret automotive electronic service information, service manuals, and diagnostic charts.
  3. Document service repair procedures that accurately reference the 3Cs.
    1. Customer complaint verification
    2. Correct the problem
    3. Complete the repair.
  4. Employ proper automotive industry service facility safety practices.
  5. Practice professional conduct as required in the automotive industry.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.