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AUTECH-112 - Engine Fundamentals for Technicians - Kimberly Night

Course:Engine Fundamentals for Technicians
Professor:Kimberly Night
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


This class provides the theory and practice in automotive engine repair, including operating principles component identification and diagnosis process of engine failures.

Course Description

You will have Modules each week. Each module will walk you through the weeks information using the following;

  1. Virtual component activities and questions. You will be able to see the component on the left of the screen while reading or listening to the information presented on the right of the screen. A video on how this program works can be found Here. You will answer question about the component or subject to move on to the next page. Each attempt at the question is logged so we can see if you are just clicking through all the answers till you find the right one.
  2. Short videos on the weekly topics, followed by a few questions to gauge understanding.
  3. Module quizzes. A quiz will be at the end of each section to help you identify area you excel in and areas you may need a little more help in
  4. There will be discussions throughout the semester. These will relate to symptom diagnostics and advising on tests procedures and repair. Participation is required.
  5. Midterm and Final. There will be a midterm and final, both are timed. While knowing facts is important, in Automotive, the ability to find information is equally important. Therefore, the Midterm and Final are open note test. However, it is not advised that you research each question while taking the Midterm and Final as there is not enough time allotted to do so.  

What to Expect in this Course

While there is a lot of flexibility regarding when you complete course work, please do not assume this course will be less work or easier than a traditional face to face course. It will be your responsibility to log on and complete the work on or before the due dates to be best prepared for our face to face meetings. Modules are open for a select amount of time. Some modules will overlap for a week but there are some hard deadlines, e.g., one hard deadline is prior to the midterm. All previous course work must be completed before the midterm is opened. This allows students the ability to complete work on their own schedule if it is before the deadline.

If you are still reading this and the description of workload and course content seems reasonable, then chances are you will do well in this course. You do not need to be well versed on computers to be successful.

Other Relevant Course Information

To access this course, you will need either a phone, computer or access to the library or TLC lab for computers. The device must have internet access.  

The TLC lab is a great resource to help you with learning how to use a computer, accessing your courses and even provide tutoring if you would like additional support.

Class officially begins on Monday of the new semester. You must log in to Canvas by midnight on the second day. That will be a Tuesday. The course will be available several days prior to the beginning of the semester. Logging in before the semester begins is a great way to check out the course syllabus and assignment dates and calendar.

Canvas Default log in: 
Username: MyCanyons username
Password: students 

I am available by phone between 8am and 5pm and by email anytime. I look at emails throughout the day and try to respond as soon as I see them but in worst case please allow 48 hours for a response.

I look forward to having you in class.

Kimberly Night

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

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Last updated: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 756