Course Syllabus


This course is an introduction to basic electrical principles and systems. Students will learn how to use test equipment to diagnose and repair electrical circuit faults. They will also study batteries, starting systems, and charging systems. This is a 2 credit hour course.



No prerequisites

Required Resources

This course does not require the purchase of any materials. You will use Perusall to comment on the reading assignments and confer with classmates.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instructions on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article.


Course Outcomes

  1. Understand what electricity is and the laws that govern it.
  2. Become familiar with circuit construction and the operation of various automotive electrical systems.
  3. Become familiar with the function and purposes of various electrical components.
  4. Gain proficiency in electrical diagram use.
  5. Demonstrate proficient use of meters, test lights, and other basic test equipment to evaluate circuit integrity and identify faults.
  6. Learn to effectively and professionally repair electrical circuit and component faults.
  7. Develop and practice interpersonal and communication skills with customers and others.
  8. Learn about internships and careers and the path to obtaining them.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes.

Major Assignment Description
W03 Exam An exam over Electricity, Electrical Laws, Electrical Components, and Magnetism
W05 Exam An exam over Circuits, Diagrams, and Diagnostic Tools
W08 Exam An exam over the Diagnosing of Electrical Problems and Performing Repairs
W10 Exam An exam over Testing and Servicing Batteries, Motors, and Starting Systems
W12 Exam An exam over Charging Systems
W13 Exam An exam over Diagnosing and Servicing Charging Systems
W14 Final A final exam over the content of the course

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare, Teach One Another Study A reading assignment where students are required to annotate in Perusall
Midweek Ponder Reading Quiz A short quiz over the reading assignment
Midweek Ponder Worksheet A series of essay questions over the weekly content.
End of Week Ponder Activity Assignments that require you to experiment and learn with the systems studied in the course.
End of Week Prove Electrical Principles Quiz Weekly quizzes that reinforce the need to understand electrical laws and principles.
End of Week Prove Exam An exam over course content (every two weeks).

*Set your time zone within user preferences so the dates and times for course activities will display correctly for your time zone.

Learning Model

You will prepare by studying weekly reading assignments found in Perusall. You will also prepare by completing weekly essay questions and taking formative quizzes on the material.

Each student will be given opportunities to love, serve, and teach others in the class by participating in weekly conversations in Perusall.  To earn full credit, a minimum of five insightful comments, questions, and/or answers to the questions of others is required each week. Your instructor will participate regularly in these conversations and will grade your contributions each week. You will ponder and prove what you have learned by completing simulations and individual summative quizzes which are regularly dispersed throughout the semester.



You can expect to receive grades and feedback within 7 days of the due date for all assignments.


This course requires you to read and review technical content. Generally, the more time you spend reading and working on your assignments, the better you will perform. Be aware of which assignments are most important by checking the weighting of the various categories.

Group Work

This course uses Perusall as a group annotation tool. You will be required to make comments, ask questions, and respond to your classmates within the Perusall tool. Perusall uses an algorithm to automatically grade your comments. The first several weeks include suggestions for receiving the best scores possible in Perusall. In general, make substantive (2-3 sentence) comments distributed evenly throughout the chapter and respond to questions from your classmates.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. However, your instructor has the discretion to accept late work or extend due dates as appropriate. [If the course or department requires a different late work policy, explain that policy here.]


Your instructor has discretion over allowing you to resubmit work. Most all of the quizzes and exams will state the retry policy for those specific items in their instructions.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100% - 93%
A- 92% - 90%
B+ 89% - 87%
B 86% - 83%
B- 82% - 80%
C+ 79% - 77%
C 76% - 73%
C- 72% - 70%
D+ 69% - 67%
D 66% - 63%
D- 62% - 60%
F 59% and lower

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

[This course may require synchronous meetings. OR This course includes required synchronous meetings.] If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.

Course Summary:

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