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AST 1065 - Electrical Principles

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2 Lab 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. This course requires completion of or to be concurrently enrolled in AST 1005 , AST 1055 , AST 1075 , AST 1085 , and AST 1095 .
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into ENGL 0950  and RDNG 0950  or above OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 0051  and ESOL 0052  and ESOL 1033  OR completion of ESOL 0041  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0042  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

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.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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