Electronics II


  2. A. Course Title: Electronics II
    B. Course Number: FM 124B - 10541
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M T W Th F 7:30:00 AM - 9:20:00 AM
    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): Required prerequisite: 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 and FM 124 Automotive Electronics I.
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: WAC242

    This is the second of two courses providing instruction on the electrical and electronic systems used on Ford Motor Company vehicles. This course focuses primarily on automotive electronics and microcomputer-based systems. Areas of instruction include safety, multiplexing related diagnosis and repair, microprocessor operation, sensors, actuators, electronic automotive systems and various electrical accessory systems not covered in Electronics I. Each student must be officially accepted into the Ford ASSET program according to Ford and NMJC entrance requirement policies. This is a four credit hour course. Prerequisite: FM 114 Automotive Fundamentals and FM 124 Electronics I


    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-6th ED
    ISBN-13 9781285425726 (This textbook was used in Electronics 1, and student should already have it)

    Related Ford Course Materials (packets in the book store)

    Related Ford Course Materials

    3” – 3-ring binder

    Pencil and Pen


    USB drive


    Locker padlock

    Lap Top

    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 15%
    Lab Exercises 25%
    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.

    Laboratory Activity

    Student performance and skill development will be evaluated by monitoring the completion of lab sheets, workbooks, and demonstrated skill performance to a time and quality standard. Instructor one-on-one critique will be used to determine proficiency in skill performance areas. Performance objectives incorporated into lab sheets and workbooks account for a significant portion of the lab grades received. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to exhibit professionalism. This includes wearing of appropriate work clothes, attitude and cooperation, following safety rules, and overall appearance.

    Lab Exercises

    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.

    2 = 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 on Ford car and light truck electronic systems. Additionally, the student should be able to enter full-time employment as a Ford and/or Lincoln-Mercury automotive dealership Electrical/Electronics Repair 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.The student should also be able to take and pass the Ford written and hands on Final exam and achieve the Ford Certification in Electronics.

    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 when working with electrical and electronic systems, tools, and test equipment.

    Discuss solid state components such as transistors, diodes, capacitors, and variable resistors.

    Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and electronic diagnostic procedures.

    Demonstrate understanding of basic automotive electronic control systems and components.

    Demonstrate the ability to properly test automotive electronic systems and components using FCSD prescribed methods and procedures.

    Describe the function and signals generated by the various sensor types used in Ford Electronic Control Systems (ECS).

    Relate ECS sensor input to system operation.

    State the basic stages of automotive microcomputer operation.

    Identify the principle types of microcomputer memory and the characteristics of each.

    Explain the characteristics of analog and digital voltage signals.

    Explain the steps involved in input and output processing in the typical automotive microcomputer based system.

    Describe how computer sampling time affects system diagnosis.

    Explain how transistors are used to perform switching and relay functions.

    Explain the basic principles of pulse width modulation.

    Describe how automotive multiplex systems operate.

    Describe the operation of a DC motor when used as an electronically controlled actuator.

    Describe the operation of a stepper motor when used as an electronically controlled actuator.

    Describe the operation and control of a transistor when used as an output driver.

    Describe the operation of an electrical relay when used as an electronically controlled actuator.

    Explain the operation of an electronically controlled solenoid when used as an actuator.

    Describe how solenoids are used to actuate valves in electronically controlled systems.

    Construct various electronically controlled systems using input and output devices and a microprocessor controller.

    Observe microprocessor controlled systems and their circuits, describe their operation, and compare actual operation to expected operation.

    Identify ECS component locations.

    Describe in detail basic ECS system functions.

    Describe the operation of basic ECS input and output components.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the function and use of an oscilloscope for ECS testing.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the basic operation of analog and digital instruments and conventional warning indicators in Ford products.

    Inspect and test gauges, gauge sending units, and related circuits for cause of intermittent, high, low, or no gauge readings; determine necessary action.

    Demonstrate an understanding of FCSD published service procedures and the self-test capabilities of Ford ECS systems.

    Demonstrate the ability to identify system components, describe their operation, and perform FCSD prescribed diagnostic procedures and repairs on electronic safety and security systems.

    Diagnose and correct malfunctions in Speed Control Systems using the FCSD prescribed diagnostic tools and methods.

    Explain the principles and theory supporting supplemental restraint system operation and purpose.

    Locate and identify supplemental restraint system components.

    Describe the function of the supplemental restraint system and each component.

    Interpret supplemental restraint system diagnostic codes, and identify the components and circuits to be repaired or replaced.

    Read, interpret and use supplemental restraint system diagnostic pinpoint tests to isolate system problems.

    Properly explain the correct procedures for handling and disposing of deployed and live air bags.

    Demonstrate knowledge of the procedures required to properly install new air bags after deployment.

    Identify Ford electronic modules, their communication links, and the systems they control.

    Describe the process used to access Sync System data and update system functions.

    Interpret Electronic Control Module related diagnostic codes, and identify the components and circuits to be repaired or replaced.

    Read, interpret and use Electronic Control Module related diagnostic pinpoint tests to isolate system problems.

    Take the automobile certification exam given by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), in the area of Electrical/Electronics.

    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, February 22, 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.

    Tuesday January 17th
    Week beginning Jan 17th thru Jan 20th
    Daily Quiz

    Week Beginning Jan 24th thru Jan 27th
    Daily Quiz

    Week Beginning Jan 30th thru Feb 3rd
    Daily Quiz
    Review for Final Exam
    Final Exam