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AST 1065 - Electrical Principles

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: This course covers electrical terms, what electricity is, what it does as it flows through a circuit, series and parallel circuits, Ohms Law, how to connect and use a DVOM, battery theory, and how to test batteries using a VAT-40. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Concurrently enrolled in AST 1005 , AST 1055 , AST 1075 , AST 1085 , and AST 1095 . Assessment score placement in RDNG 0950  or above or completion of RDNG 0900  with a grade of C or higher; assessment score placement in ENGL 0090  or above or completion of ENGL 0080  with a grade of C or higher; Arithmetic assessment score of 64 or higher or elementary algebra assessment score of 76 or higher OR assessment score/ACT score placement into MATH 0070  or above OR completion MATH 0030  or MATH 0060  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: We strongly encourage students who score below 64 to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss their review and course options PRIOR to Math assessment retesting or registering for a MATH course.

Major Content
  1. Electrical Terms
  2. Circuits Components Series Parallel Series Parallel Circuit Principles
  3. Electrical Principles Magnetism Electromagnetic Induction Electromagnetic Induction
  4. Ohms Law Total resistance of a series circuit Total resistance of a parallel circuit Total resistance of a series parallel circuit
  5. Meter Connections in Circuits. Measure voltage Measure ohms measure amperage
  6. Construct Circuits. Design circuits Construct series circuits Construct parallel circuits Construct series parallel circuits
  7. Trace Circuits on Wiring Diagrams. Horn Parking and Headlight Turn and Brake Lights Ignition Starting
  8. Electrical Symbols
  9. Battery Construction and Components
  10. Battery Theory and Operation
  11. Safety Procedures
  12. Battery Test Procedures
    1. Specific gravity tests
    2. Load test
    3. 3 minute charge test
  13. Test Result Interpretation
  14. Battery Charger Procedures
  15. Jumper Cable Procedures
  16. Perform NATEF tasks during lab and shop times

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. follow all safety procedures and precautions.
  2. connect battery chargers and jumper cables correctly.
  3. perform NATEF tasks related to this course
  4. define electrical terms and principles.
  5. identify battery construction and operation.
  6. construct series, parallel and series parallel circuits.
  7. trace circuits on vehicle wiring diagrams.
  8. identify electrical symbols.
  9. perform DVOM and VAT 40 tests.
  10. interpret test results.

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