Course Syllabus and Grade Calculation



Course:  Basic Auto Tech                 Instructor:  Mr. Beukema                 2009-10


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Basic Auto Tech covers basic maintenance, inspection and skills for today’s modern vehicle.  Students will how to maintain their vehicle and identify a problem before it becomes a safety hazard.  Students will then apply this information in the shop by demonstrating competencies on vehicles in the shop.  Students will learn about and be able to demonstrate basic skills for the following; safety, proper tool use, Vehicle parts, lighting inspection, oil change, brake inspection, windshield wipers, battery tests, spark plugs, tires, keeping a maintenance log, purchasing a vehicle, suspension, exhaust, ignition system, belts, hoses, jump starting, fuel system, air conditioning, and drivetrain.  As time permits additional areas may be explored.  Students shop and classroom time will also be evaluated by the instructor on the following employability skills; customer service attitude, communication skills, initiative, decision-making skills, leadership, ethical behavior, safety & health habits, maturity, and integrity.





                                Criteria Area                                                          Bookwork %                         Hands On %

Lab Worksheets                                                                                                                                       50              

Written work                                                                                             20                                                       

Employability skills                                                                                                                                  30       


                                                                                                Total           20                                            80       



Lab Worksheets

Most systems covered will have a worksheet which the student must be able to demonstrate competency and perform the required lab work.  These are done as a group, but you are graded as individuals.


Employability skills

Customer Service Attitude- Succeeding on the job means taking the concerns of other people seriously and responding to them promptly, being courteous and polite at all times, maintaining self-control, looking people in the eye, saying “please” and “thank you” often, and anticipating the needs of others.


Communication Skills- Succeeding on the job means asking questions, listening carefully to instructions, getting needed approval in advance, organizing your thoughts before speaking or writing, using more “we-messages,” using positive nonverbal communication, using correct spelling and grammar, observing proper etiquette in e-mail, keeping personal business to a minimum, being tactical and pleasant in difficult situations, requesting more often than demanding, and keeping a sense of humor.

Initiative- Succeeding on the job means accepting more responsibilities when they are offered, learning more about your job, developing new skills, seeing things that need to be done and doing them without being asked, working to improve your performance, and identifying new opportunities for yourself and your employer.


Decision-Making Skill- Succeeding on the job means planning and organizing your work, identifying and working through (not around) obstacles, identifying alternatives and making choices, solving problems, and being creative and flexible in response to the changing demands of a job.


Leadership- Succeeding on the job means helping others to reach their goals, recognizing your personal strengths and areas for improvement, building on your experiences (even the unsuccessful ones), recognizing the contributions of others, making a good first impression, taking advantage of leadership opportunities, and learning from others.


Ethical Behavior- Succeeding on the job means following personal and professional codes of ethics, such as being honest, maintaining good attendance (and explaining any absences), starting work on time and being productive while at work, keeping confidential matters to yourself, avoiding gossip and disputes, following workplace rules and regulations, respecting your co-workers, and keeping your promises.


Safety And Health Habits- Succeeding on the job means working safely at all times, including following all safety rules, wearing personal protective equipment, using the right tool for the job, identifying and reporting unsafe conditions, keeping tools and equipment in safe working condition, following the steps for safe lifting, knowing what to do in an emergency, watching out for the safety of other people, paying attention to your work and the area around you, practicing good personal hygiene, managing your personal stress, and avoiding shortcuts.


Maturity- Succeeding on the job means being ready to work as soon as the workday begins, working well alone or in teams, dependable, accepting authority and supervision, accepting criticism without making excuses, accepting responsibility for your own work and actions, Focus on your work when at work, using your time wisely, appreciating the work of others, showing self-confidence, being tactful in your interactions with other people, and being patient with yourself and others


Integrity- Succeeding on the job means following through with your commitments, being loyal to ther people and to your employer, avoiding negative talk, maintaining the trust that others place in you, responding to requests and messages promptly, discussing concerns directly and honestly, respecting the roles and responsibilities of others in work processes, and sharing the rewards with the people who helped you achieve the results.


Shop Maintenance

A clean shop promotes safety and work efficiency.  Keep the shop clean and assist in the clean up and you will earn your daily points for that day.  Students will have various duties assigned such as floors, bench tops or tools. 


Student Responsibilities

Notebook and writing materials (notes taken in class may be used on tests).  Options: your own safety glasses, Coveralls, change of clothes, etc.  Students will also be required to pay all fees prior to receiving a grade at the end of the term. 

Students who do not pay their bill will receive a failing grade for that quarter.



Safety awareness is stressed to the highest degree.  State law requires the use of safety glasses in this lab.  Failure to comply with safety standards or other requirements will result in disciplinary action including course failure or permanent dismissal from this class.




Revised 09/09/09