Course Syllabus


This is an online course required for all automotive majors. It is designed to introduce students to some of the foundational principles and knowledge required to be successful in other automotive courses.



No prerequisites.

Required Resources

No outside resources required.


Course Outcomes

  1. Learn recommended and safe practices for working on or around an automobile.
  2. Learn to locate and use service information and specifications for an automobile.
  3. Understand the basic purpose and operation of major vehicle systems and components.
  4. Understand the benefits of performing recommended inspections and maintenance.
  5. Know how to develop a repeatable diagnostic strategy.
  6. Be aware of various career opportunities in the automotive industry.

Weekly Patterns

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

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare Pre-Quiz Complete a quiz on your prior understanding of this week's material.
End of Week Prepare, Teach One Another Study Study and discuss this week's material in Perusall.
End of Week Prove Post-Quiz Complete a quiz to demonstrate your understanding of this week's material.

*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 each week by first testing yourself on any prior knowledge you have (doesn't count toward final grade). You will also prepare by reading and studying the presentations. You will teach one another by discussing the readings and leaving at least five comments in Perusall. You will prove what you have learned by taking a test at the end of the week, as well as report on your teaching activity.



Since this is a one-credit class, you can expect to spend up to 3 hours each week working on this class.

Group Work

There is no group work in this class; however, the weekly Study activities are part of a class-wide discussion using Perusall.

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.

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. 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.

Course Summary:

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