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AUTO7009 - Vehicle Technologies

Title:Vehicle Technologies
Long Title:Vehicle Technologies
Module Code:AUTO7009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Automotive Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MICHAEL J O MAHONY
Module Description: This module will afford the student an advanced understanding of motor vehicle systems and emerging automotive technologies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the operating principles associated with advanced and emerging vehicle technologies.
LO2 Illustrate with the aid of system block diagrams how input sensors and output actuators integrate with various selected vehicle control systems.
LO3 Describe the operating principles associated with vehicle data exchange systems.
LO4 Identify the benefits achieved by the introduction of modernised vehicle systems compared to similar more conventional vehicle systems.
LO5 Discuss the operation of modern vehicle safety technologies.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Engine management systems
Emission control management systems, mixture formation, auxillary devices, catalytic converter, particulate filter.
Turbochargers and superchargers
Turbocharger operation and variants, multi-turbocharger systems, boost control, anti-lag, intercooler types and operation, variable intake manifolds, pressure wave supercharging, mechanical supercharging.
Spark ignition engines
Ignition requirements of petrol engine, mapping of control unit, air fuel ratio, combustion knock detection, multi-spark systems. Operation of the different sub systems, exhaust gas recirculation, variable valve timing etc.
Petrol fuel injection systems
Operation of electronic petrol fuel injection systems, control and software, subsystems used to manage various sensors and actuators, fault diagnosis pertaining to the above systems.
Compression ignition engines
Safety and precautions related to working on modern diesel oil fuel injection systems, common rail diesel fuel systems, unit injectors with piezo valves, compression ignition engine emissions and mitigation measures, exhaust emissions treatment technologies.
Vehicle safety technologies
Modern suplimentary restraint systems SRS, hybrid and gas filled airbag systems, occupancy detection, driver monotoring, vehicle detection systems, driving lane assist systems, active and passive safety systems, adaptive lighting system, passenger safety cell technologies, autonomous driving technologies, pre-sense crash technologies.
Transmission systems
Electromechanical power train systems, automatic variants, operation of a modern four wheel drive system, the operation of Continuously Variable Transaxles (CVT), electronically controlled hydraulic systems, extroid system, torque vectoring control systems.
Vehicle braking systems
Antilock braking system.Electronic stability systems,traction controll systems,autonomous braking systems.traction control systems.reactive braking systems,dry disc system.
Vehicle data exchange systems
Control Area Network (CAN) Lin bus systems, MOST optic fibre systems, flexray systems, electrical network data transfer speeds, electrical system topologies, blue tooth, driver information systems, navigation systems.
Steering and suspension
Electronically controlled hydraulic steering system, electronically controlled mechanical steering system, dynamic steering systems, adaptive air suspension, tyre pressure monotoring system, electronic park assist, electronic stability programme, adaptive anti roll bar systems.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Examination on emerging vehicle technologies and the use of various actuators and sensors used in electrical vehicle control systems. 1,2 30.0 Week 7
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Formal Lecture 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Directed Learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Directed Learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lecture Formal lecture 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • 2014, Gasoline Engine Management Systems and Components, Bosch professional automotive information [ISBN: 9783658039639]
  • Konrad Reif 2014, Automotive Mechatronics, Springer Vieweg [ISBN: 9783658039745]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Robert Fischer 2015, The Automotive Transmission Book, Springer [ISBN: 9783319052624]
  • Hans-Hermann Braess and Ulrich Seiffert; translated by Peter L. Albrecht 2005, Handbook of automotive engineering, SAE International Warrendale, Pa. [ISBN: 0768007836]
  • Alma Hillier, 2012, Hillier's Fundamentals of Automotive Electronics Book 2., 2nd Ed., Nelson Thornes [ISBN: 9781408515372]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EABMT_8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Automotive Business Management and Technology 5 Mandatory
CR_TTMGT_7 Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology and Management 5 Mandatory

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