Electronics I


  2. A. Course Title: Electronics I
    B. Course Number: FM 124 - 30504
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M T W Th F 1:00:00 PM - 4:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Williams, Kelley
    G. Office: Don Whitaker Automotive Technology Center (ATC) 237
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2865
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Each student must be officially accepted into the ASSET Program according to Ford and NMJC entrance requirement polices and must have successfully completed FM 114 Automotive Fundamentals.
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: WAC242

    This is the first of two courses providing instruction on the electrical and electronic systems used on Ford Motor Company cars and light trucks sold in North America. Areas of instruction include safety, electrical and electronic fundamentals, analog and digital test equipment, basic circuit diagnosis, interpretation and use of schematics and service manuals, and component operation. Also included are general electrical system diagnosis and repair along with focused diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of the battery, starting, and charging systems. Each student must be officially accepted into the Ford ASSET program according to Ford and NMJC entrance requirement policies. Meets ten hours per week. This is a four credit hour course.


    This course incorporates fundamentals important to obtaining employment upon graduation. It may not be suitable if used as a transfer to institutions of higher learning. Please consult with the receiving institution if you intend to transfer this course credit to another institution.



    ASSET students are required to provide their own basic tool set as outlined in the NMJC/ASSET Student Information Manual. This tool set must be on campus and complete during all on-campus training sessions. The set must also be complete and in good working order at the sponsoring dealership during every coop session. It is the student’s responsibility to replace all lost or broken tools. Each ASSET student has a considerable investment in tools and they are very important to the accomplishment of course objectives. Students are encouraged to have their tools marked and keep them secure and clean.

    Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. eye and hearing protection)

    Work uniform (provided through sponsoring dealership, consistent with retailer policy)

    Leather work shoes/boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)

    Text book: Today’s Technician: Automotive Electricity & Electronics Classroom Manual-7th ED
    ISBN-13 978-1337619004

    Ford Training Materials Packet

    3” – 3-ring binder

    Pencil and Pen



    Locker padlock

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Note: All departmental requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

    The final course grade will be earned and distributed based on the items listed below. The percentages provided are approximate values.

    Attendance and Daily Preparation 10%
    Homework 10%
    Lab Exercises 25%
    Participation 5%
    Tests & Quizzes 50%

    Note: the use of cell phones distract from the learning process. Therefore, the use of a cell phone during a class session will result in a classroom participation grade of zero for the day.

    Late Assignments

    Credit will not be awarded for assignments submitted late unless the student has an excused absence on the day the assignment is due (exceptions may be considered for extreme circumstances). See the ASSET Attendance and Preparedness Policy for additional information.

    Laboratory Activity

    Lab exercises will be directed and documented through the use of lab sheets. Students will complete specific tasks identified by the lab sheet and respond to related questions as indicated. The instructor’s electronic grade book is the official record of lab sheet completion/task competency. Students will be given regular reports of their progress in lab assignments. Points for lab sheets will be awarded in the following manner:

    4 = Student has demonstrated hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet and responded to related questions with 100% proficiency.

    3 = Student has demonstrated hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet and responded to related questions with at least 80% proficiency.

    1 = Student has attempted to demonstrate hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet, but requires more practice and/or responded to related questions with less than 80% proficiency.

    0 = Student has not attempted to complete the task(s) identified by the lab sheet.

    See "Ford ASSET Attendance and Preparedness Polices" and “Ford ASSET Course Policies” documents provided by the instructor for specific grading and attendance policies.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    After completing this course, the student should be able to perform repairs, adjustments, and diagnostic procedures with demonstrated proficiency in Ford car and light truck electrical repair procedures. Additionally, the student should be able to enter full-time employment as a Ford and/or Lincoln-Mercury automotive dealership Vehicle Maintenance Technician and should have the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable him/her to retain this employment and to continually make acceptable progress in this field.

    Course objectives will be accomplished by providing the following learning activities:

    Study and discussion centered on the operational principles and safety aspects of specific hand tools, shop equipment, and hazardous materials.

    Study will include component purpose and design factors in appropriate areas and the laws and principles governing the component’s design and operation.

    Instruction focused on the development of a knowledge base that will provide the student with insight and understanding of the operational characteristics and associated failure modes of the components and systems being studied. Each student will facilitate this process through personal study, knowledge application, and task performance.

    Instruction to provide the knowledge necessary to perform repairs, adjustments, and diagnostic procedures with demonstrated proficiency.

    Performance objectives designed to support the development of industry guideline skill achievement by each student throughout the instructional period.


    After successfully completing this course the student should be able to apply the related skills and technical knowledge on a full-time basis as a Ford automotive technician. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    Demonstrate safe work habits while working in the laboratory during this course.

    State the basic electron theory of electricity, including particle and charge descriptions and behavior.

    Define EMF and give examples of how it is generated.

    Define voltage drop and explain its importance.

    Describe magnetism and explain how it is used to generate electricity.

    Describe electromagnetic effect and give automotive examples.

    Describe motor theory and give examples.

    Define Ohm's law and explain the volt/ohm/amp relationship.

    Name the units of measure used in electricity.

    Describe basic volt-ohm-ammeter measurement and demonstrate the ability to utilize measurements to analyze and repair electrical circuits.

    Define AC/DC rectification and show how it is accomplished in AC generators.

    Use basic wiring diagrams and symbols to describe the manner in which basic electrical circuits operate.

    Demonstrate an understanding of basic automotive electrical circuits.

    Identify the various sources of electricity.

    Relate basic electrical principles to automotive applications

    Identify the basic elements of a circuit.

    Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.

    Explain the relationship between current and load in basic circuits.

    Construct the three basic circuits.

    Identify electrical system components.

    Describe the operation of various components in an electrical system.

    Assemble electrical components into a working system.

    Demonstrate the ability to perform the FCSD systematic approach to diagnosis and repair.

    Demonstrate the ability to perform tests that identify various circuit problems.

    Demonstrate proficiency in using a DMM, a test light, and jumper leads in electrical circuit diagnosis.

    Demonstrate the ability to make wiring repairs as directed in FCSD service literature.

    Demonstrate the ability to make FCSD approved repairs on Ford electrical connectors.

    Demonstrate an understanding of circuit protection devices; their purpose, operation, diagnosis, and repair.

    Demonstrate the ability to perform electrical circuit diagnosis involving shorts, opens, and grounds; determine the necessary corrective action.

    Recognize and practice safe testing procedures.

    Demonstrate the ability to select and use the FCSD Service Publications relating to electrical and electronic circuits and components.

    Perform basic diagnostic procedures on automotive circuits following the procedures found in the FCSD Service Publications; determine the necessary corrective action.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the electrical symbols used in Ford publications.

    Identify components found in Ford electrical circuits and their corresponding schematic symbols.

    Identify the sources of electrical information available in FCSD publications.

    Demonstrate the ability to use FCSD service literature while working on a vehicle.

    Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret circuit schematics.

    Demonstrate the ability to use electrical test equipment during diagnostic exercises.

    Properly select the correct testing instrument for various electrical system diagnostic procedures.

    Demonstrate the ability to use specialized electronic test equipment.

    Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to recognize typical lighting system failure modes and their characteristics.

    Analyze and diagnose failures in vehicle lighting systems; determine the necessary corrective action.

    Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to recognize typical power seat and window system failure modes and their characteristics.

    Analyze and diagnose failures in vehicle power seat and window systems.

    Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to recognize typical windshield wiper system failure modes and their characteristics.

    Analyze and diagnose failures in vehicle windshield wiper systems.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the charging system operation.

    Explain the operation of the components of the charging system.

    Demonstrate knowledge of on-vehicle testing of the charging system.

    Demonstrate knowledge of bench testing of charging system components.

    Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to recognize various charging system failure modes.

    Explain the purpose and function of automotive starting systems.

    Identify the components of Ford starting systems and explain their function and operation.

    Explain the basic design and operation of starting system components.

    Conduct on-vehicle tests on the starting system and its components.

    Demonstrate knowledge of starting system component bench testing.

    Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to recognize typical starting system failure modes and their characteristics.

    Explain the purpose, function and operation of automotive batteries.

    Identify battery components and explain their function and operation.

    Demonstrate the ability to recognize various battery failure modes and their characteristics.

    Measure and diagnose the cause of excessive battery parasitic drain; determine the necessary corrective action.

    Properly select, use, and maintain the special tools, equipment, and fixtures used in Ford Motor Company starting, charging, and battery maintenance, diagnosis, adjustment and repair.

    Demonstrate proficiency in the use of all the functions of VAT testers.

    Pass all Ford final course assessments, “embedded in ASSET,” related to this course.



    All course participants must pass the Automotive Safety Test with a final score of 100%.

    It is the responsibility of all concerned to sustain a safe learning environment in the Ford ASSET classroom and lab. Students must use all the safety precautions they have been taught and shown, discuss anything they are unsure of with their instructor, and report any unsafe condition to their instructor immediately. Every student should know the location of fire extinguishers and other safety equipment as well as procedures for first aid and for other emergencies, such as the need for emergency eye wash.

    All persons must wear approved eye protection at any time lab activities are in session--NO EXCEPTIONS


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    This Course will follow the following general outline. The instructor may alter the outline as warranted or needed.

    Week 1
    Lab work

    Week 2
    Lab work

    Week 3
    Lab work

    Week 4
    Lab work

    October 8

    Final Exam
    written and hands on