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AUTECH 114 - Basic Auto Electrical Systems - Steven Storey

Course:Basic Auto Electrical Systems
Professor:Steven Storey
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Hi. My name is Steven Storey and I will be your instructor for Engine Performance. I have been teaching Auto Mechanics and Automotive Technology at various adult schools and Junior Colleges since 2002. I am a re-certified Master Automotive Technician since 2003 a Certified SMOG Test and Repair Technician and a Bureau of Automotive Repair Certified Instructor. I also have a small pre-purchase vehicle inspection service (“Car-Inspectors”) and do Lemon Law Automotive Expert Witness work for several legal firms. I was also in the US Navy from 1980 – 1986 where I received Electronics and Avionics training including Search Radar system training. During my enlistment, I worked on A-6E “Intruder” weapons-control systems including the Search-Radar system as an Aviation Fire-Control Technician while serving on the USS John F. Kennedy. I also graduated from the University of Phoenix with  Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2009. I really enjoy cars and teaching and have been teaching the various Auto Technology Courses at COC since 2008.

Course Description

This course presents the theory and practical application of basic automotive electrical systems. It will include diagnosis and repair of starting and charging systems, ignition systems, lighting, gauges and accessories. Autech 114 will be presented in an OnlineLIVE and In-Person format.  Electrical system operation and theory will be shown through various online media at the CANVAS learning platform plus there will be weekly In-Person meetings in the Auto Shop located at the Canyon Country Campus where hands-on lab work on shop vehicles and equipment will be performed.  Various mediums of communicating key concepts will be used in the course of the class including: instructional videos, You-Tube videos, interactive animations and training using online interactive training and simulators (Electude). The animations and interactive instruction will give students the opportunity to learn basic Electrical theory including Ohm’s Law and  Electromagnetism plus get experience diagnosing and repairing various real-world car problems using a simulator which includes a state-of-the art production vehicle and diagnostic tools, equipment and information. 

What to Expect in this Course

This is a Online LIVE / In-Person course and will have weekly on-campus meeting for completing required Auto-Shop assignments plus Online assignments found at the CANVAS Learning platform. Internet access through a computer (preferred) or Mobile Device is required. There will also be a weekly sound-only ZOOM meetings on Wednesday mornings. The course will be broken up into 5 individual weekly sections called modules located at CANVAS.

Each module will consist of various assignments (up to 1 of each) including:

  • Lab (Auto-Shop) Assignment
  • Electude Assignment
  • Video questions
  • Quiz
  • ZOOM meeting
  • Extra-Credit Assignment
  • Final Test

Class Organization:

This course will be organized into weekly Modules which will be focused on a key Auto Electrical topic. Each Module begins at 9AM Monday morning and ends by midnight the following Sunday and all assignments for a particular module must be turned in by that time in order to receive credit. Every Thursday will be the Auto-Shop day where we will meet at the Auto-Shop on campus to complete required Lab assignments. Wednesday mornings will be a ZOOM meeting for 1.5 - 2 hours. A webcam is recommended but not required as besides the instructor, it will be an audio-only ZOOM meeting. Make sure you have the latest CHROME browser installed on your computer. Online assignments may be completed Tuesdays, Wednesdays or other days during the week as long as the assignment is turned in by the following Sunday at midnight.  Some weeks may only have an Auto-Shop lab assignment,  ZOOM meeting, Video and Electude Assignment  while others may have Auto-Lab , ZOOM, Electude and a quiz as required work for the week. On the week when the Final test is assigned, there may be only 1 or 2 other assignments. All assignments and meetings are required unless indicated otherwise by the instructor.

Types of Assessments

Assessments will be through Auto-Shop Lab performance, online quizzes, Electude and video assignments. 

Textbook Information

Electude software access (voucher) required.

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 01/03/2023 Sub#: 1526