Course Syllabus

TRN 170-05

PC Skills for Auto Technicians

Honda PACT


Syllabus Contents:

·        Course Description

·        Course Objectives

·        Weekly Outline

·        Student Evaluation

·        Safety Regulations

·        Tool List





Time Requirements:

·        8 Week Session

·        4 Class Hours/Week

·        4 Lab Hours/Week

·        3 Semester Hours Credit




Instructor:  Mark Spisak


Office JH 1160

Class meeting times MW 7:30 til 11:20
TRN 170-05

PC Skills for Auto Technicians

Honda PACT Program


Prerequisites:         None


Course Description:


This course introduces students to personal computer literacy and internet literacy with an emphasis on the transportation service industry. Topics include service information systems, management systems, work order use, computer based systems and PC related diagnostic equipment through the generations.

Upon completion students should be able to access information pertaining to transportation  technology and perform basic word processing.


·       Honda PACT embedded Systems and Diagnostics Training


·        This course will have material unique to Honda/Acura computer systems.

·        Worksheets from Honda IN will be required for completion credit.

·        Passing grade needed on TESTS.

·        This is a performance based course. Tasks are assigned and all must be completed showing competency to pass.

·        All tasks will need to be performed


AUT 170-05

PC Skills for Auto Technicians

Honda PACT Program

Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1.           Explain the technology explosion in the automotive field.

2.           Describe Federal and State laws pertaining to automobile computers.

3.           Describe the procedures for diagnosis and repair using scanners or bi-directional equipment.

4.           Locate and interpret vehicle and major component identification numbers (VIN, vehicle certification labels and calibration decals).

5.           Describe principles of operation of basic PC functions including those involved with diagnostics.

6.           Interpret common PC terminology and verbage.

7.           Describe reasons for using manufacturers’ recommended precautions when handling static sensitive devices.

8.           Demonstrate recommended precautions for handling static sensitive devices.

9.           Use various input and output devices related to PC’s and the automobile.

10.       Demonstrate a knowledge of common application and software used in both the PC and automotive world. Diagnose engine electrical, electronic and fuel problems with an oscilloscope and engine diagnostic equipment; determine needed repairs.

11.       Find and locate service information via the web and internet. Retrieve and record stored diagnostic trouble codes (DTC).

12.       Find and access service information from manufacturer sites. To include trouble codes, service bulletins and recall information. Inspect and test power and ground circuits and connections; service and replace as needed.

13.       Perform and complete examples of on-line delivered manufacturer training and modules. Diagnose no-starting, driveability and emissions problems on vehicles with distributor ignition (DI) systems; determine needed repairs.

14.       Inspect vehicle for campaigns and related issues; determine needed action.

15.       Access various web and internet based diagnostic sources for information unique to transportation industry. Use in diagnosis different generations of scan tools.

16.       Diagnose a vehicle basic computer problem using a PC based scan tool.

17.       The course will evolve as Honda and the industry make changes. Responding to the changes will be included in the course.




AUT 170-05

PC Skills for Auto Technicians

Honda PACT Program



Required Text:      Technology Guide for Today’s Automotive Technician 2010 edition.

By:                      Grant Swaim

Honda PACT embedded material  (see Instructor)

Week 1

Day 1:

1.   Orientation

2.   Course Syllabus

3.   Grading policy

A: Read Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4,Platforms, Processing and storage


Week 2

Day 1:

1.   Using inputs and outputs.

2.   Intro to Honda IN

QUIZ          Chapters 1, 2 & 3

Student Assignment

·        Read Chapter 5, 6 & 7

                  Start on resume


Week 3

        Finding and using on-line service information

             Service Bulletins

Student Assignment

·        Chapters 8,9, 10, 11



Week 4

    OEM Information systems, Intro to on-line service training

·        Chapter 12,13,14,15

       Melior assignment

Quiz Chapters 7,8,9

Week 5

     PC based diagnostic equipment

Scan tools and their history

Student Assignment

·        Chapters 16 -20


Week 6

PC use in diagnosis and repair

Chapter 20-24



Week 7


          Resume due today

          Student Assignment Chapters 24-27

          Differences ShopKey/ On-Demand

Versus Alldata/




Assessment of learning

Completion of assigned tasks




























Students will be graded according to the following grade point system.


Point Value







Very Good










The following grades will not be used in computing the grade point average.

I = Incomplete


W = Withdrawal

S = Satisfactory


U = Unsatisfactory

AUD = Audit


N = Never Attended

X = Credit by Examination



Since this course is preparatory to entering the automotive service industry, job attitude, neatness, promptness and care of equipment will be considered part of the final grade. The final grade on these items will be determined by the instructor and based upon accepted industry standards.


1.   FOR A GRADE OF "A":

a.   Complete all tests with an average of 93% to 100%.

90% of all scheduled class/lab hours.

b.   Complete all lab/shop work in a manner as would be determined EXCELLENT in an actual shop.

2.   FOR A GRADE OF "B":

a.   Complete all test with an average of 85% to 92%.

b.    85% of all scheduled class/lab hours.

c.   Complete all lab/shop work in a manner as would be determined VERY GOOD in an actual shop.    

3.   FOR A GRADE OF "C":

a.   Complete all tests with an average of 77% to 84%.

 80% of scheduled class/lab hours.

b.   Complete all lab/shop work in a manner as would be determined SATISFACTORY in an actual repair shop.

4.   FOR A GRADE OF "D":

a.   Complete all tests with an average of 70% to 76%.

b.   80% of all scheduled class/lab hours.

c.   Complete all lab/shop work in a manner as would be determined POOR in an actual repair shop.

Automotive Department Student Guidelines I Expectations

·        No tobacco products usage is allowed on college property at any time.

·        Eating or drinking in classrooms is with permission of instructor only; there will be no eating or drinking in shop or lab or lab areas.

·        Students are expected to be in class on time and will be held responsible for any information covered by instructor, even if late or absent. Tests and quizzes missed may be made up only with instructor permission.

·        Missed or late assignments will affect student's course grade.

·        Tardiness is a problem; any student who is over 15 minutes late for a class will be counted as absent. CPCC attendance policy is in the on line student handbook.

·        Students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature manner at all times. Students caught cheating, fighting, stealing, spinning tires, vandalizing or purposely damaging a vehicle or equipment will be EXPELLED from the automotive program. Care should be shown to college vehicles and property.

·        Leaving class or shop/lab early without instructor permission will not be tolerated.

·        Students are expected to come prepared for class. This means with paper, textbook, pens, pencils or other required material.

·        Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or in vibrate mode during all class or lab times. Cell phones may only be used outside of the automotive buildings. Cell phones which ring during class will be subject to forfeiture or may result in student loss of privilege.

·        The area in front of the main lab is not a parking area for students. The laneway must remain open for emergency vehicles. Vehicles inappropriately parked will be ticketed and towed. No parking means No Parking.

·        All students are expected to clean up and put away all tools and equipment used during class or lab before leaving. Housekeeping is very important and will be part of your grade.

·        Whenever you are unsure about anything ask your instructor! It is your responsibility to make sure that no physical damage occurs to any vehicle that you are working on or driving. Students are responsible for their actions!

·        Safety glasses and student tools are mandatory in all shop/lab areas, no exceptions.

·        All vehicles brought into the main lab will have a CPCC work order filled out and visible on windshield.


Automotive Department Student Dress Code

Effective January 2004


·        All automotive students will have and wear safety glasses at all times in shop or lab areas.


·        Failure to adhere to safety glasses rules may result in disciplinary action.


·        Students can wear tennis shoes, work shoes or boots. No open toe shoes of any kind will be allowed in shop areas.


·        For safety reasons large ear, nose, lip and eyebrow rings need to be removed while student is in class or shop areas


·        Long hair will be tied up for safety.


·        Chains, which may damage vehicle finishes, will not be allowed.


·        No short pants or sleeveless shirts allowed.


·        Pants will be worn around hips in the proper manner and secured with belt if needed.


·        All Belts will be of the type that does not have an exposed buckle.


·        Failure to adhere to dress code may result in expulsion from automotive program.


·        Students will bring tools required for class with them at class time.

·       No Tools, No Lab Credit.


·        Remember how you act and present yourself will reflect on the department and presentations to prospective employers.


Automotive Technology Safety Regulations