AUTO6002 - Auto-electrical Fundamentals

Title:Auto-electrical Fundamentals
Long Title:Automobile Electrical Fundamentals
Module Code:AUTO6002
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Automotive Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Michael J. OMahony
Module Author: BRIAN NIXON
Module Description: This module is designed to aid students in their understanding of the fundamentals of vehicle electrical circuits.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Compile a list of safety precautions to be observed before and whilst carrying out electrical maintanance work and repairs.
LO2 Identify the electrical principles which apply to individual circuits and components.
LO3 Explain the operation of basic automotive electrial circuits and their included components.
LO4 Using electrical formulae and equations to calculate electrical quantities relating of voltage, current flow, resistance, power and capacitance.
LO5 Design and construct a fundamental automotive electrical circuit and execute practical use of core automotive electrical test equipment.
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
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Co-requisite Modules
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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.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Principles of magnetism, origins of electricity.
Basic Circuit fundamentals
Water analogy,voltage,current flow, resistance, wattage, capacitance, Ohms law.
Circuit Construction
Circuit layout,supply,conductors,insulators,switches,resistance,circuit protection,Cable sizes,earth return,insulated return,battery design & construction,circuit symbols,series & Parallel circuits.
Circuit Electronics
Operation of a diodes(P-N)junction, zener diode, switching action of transistors, variable resistors,resistors, thermistors, optoelectronic sensor, capacitors, analogue & digital signals.
Electro-magnetic components
Solenoid construction & application, electromagnetic relays.
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 Mid-module written assessment 1,2,3 15.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Construct fundamental automotive electrical circuit and record various electrical values 4,5 15.0 Week 9
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 Automobile Electrical Fundamentals 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Practical use of electrical components 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Tom Denton, 2011, Automobile Mechanical and Electrical Systems: Automotive Technology: Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 978-0-08-096945-9]
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, 2011, Bosch Automotive Handbook - 8th Edition, 8 nd Edition Ed., Bently Publishers [ISBN: 978-0837616865]
  • Ken Freund, Jon Lacourse, Mike Stubblefield, Bob Worthy, John Haynes, Haynes' Automotive Electrical Manual, Haynes London [ISBN: 1-85010-654-1]
  • Tracy Martin 2005, How to diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems, Motorbooks St. Paul, Minn. [ISBN: 0760320993]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EABMT_8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Automotive Business Management and Technology 1 Mandatory
CR_TTMGT_7 Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology and Management 1 Mandatory
CR_TTMAT_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Automotive Technology and Management 1 Mandatory