Outcome-based 19/SU Course Syllabus
Course Rubric-Number-Section:ABDR-1323-1001
Credit:3
Contact Hours:
  • 2 hrs - Lecture
  • 4 hrs - Lab
CIP Code:47.0603
Course Title:Front & Rear Wheel Alignment
Course Description:Study of vehicle steering components including alignment, tire rotation, and balancing.
Prerequisites:None
Co-requisites:None
Course Meets:
Lecture:
Wednesday 1:00PM to 2:50PM
Building: 1FC1 room 107
Lab:
Wednesday 8:00AM to 11:40AM
Building: 1ACR room 100
Instructor: Tracy Marshall
Office Phone Number: 254 867-4854
Email Address: tlmarshall@tstc.edu
Office Fax Number: 254 867-2315
Building & Office Room Number: FC1 120
Office Hours: Tuesday 8:00am-12:00pm
 
Approved by: Clint CampbellDate: 2019-04-24
Course Outcomes
CO1: Identify the functions of steering components
CO2: Diagnose front and rear vehicle alignment angles
CO3: Demonstrate proper procedures when balancing and rotating tires
CO4: Align vehicles to manufacturers' specifications
 

TSTC Grading Policy

(Grades for courses must be C or better)

Grade

Percent

Description

Grade Points

A

90-100

Excellent/Superior Performance Level

4

B

80-89

Above Required Performance Level

3

C

70-79

Minimum Required Performance Level

2

D

60-69

Below Required Performance Level

1

F

Below 60

Failure to meet Performance Requirements

0

IP

--

In Progress

 

W

--

Withdrawal

0

CR

--

Credit

0

AUD

--

Audit of Course

0

See College Catalog for complete descriptions.

 

Competencies Rating Scale

Rating Scale Key

 

 

 

6

90+

Proficient

Student consistently performs the task accurately to industry standards without supervision.

5

80-89

Proficient

Student performs the task to industry standards with no supervision.

4

70-79

Proficient

Student performs the task to industry standards with little supervision. This is the minimum performance rating for STAR skill completion.

3

60-69

Exposed/Not Proficient

Student has been introduced to the task and can perform some of the tasks to industry standards.

2

50-59

Exposed/Not Proficient

Student has been introduced to the task, but cannot perform the task to industry standards.

1

0-49

 

Student was absent or did not complete assignment.

 

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Resources
Textbooks & Publications:
ItemTitleAuthorPublisherEditionISBN
1Front and Rear Wheel Alignment - RequiredABDR 1323Bookstore Workbook 10412275
Tools, Materials:
ItemResource Quantity
1Approved safety glasses (clear lens)1
210-12' (3m) Metric retractable tape measure1
3Spiral notebook1
4Pencils2
5Scantron1
6TBA1

Tool Resource Statement

Tools and materials must be acquired by the beginning of the third class week or the student will be dismissed until resources are complete

 

Grade Scheme
Category Description Category Value   
Written Assessments 1500    
Assessment Label: Assessment Description Assessment Value
Safety Test:Complete lab safety test during lab orientation100.00
Test 2:Camber and Caster Influence100.00
Test 3:Camber and Caster tolerance100.00
Test 4:01T1 - Suspension angles (comprehensive)100.00
Test 5:"Techniques for Front Wheel Alignment"100.00
Test 6:02T1 - Suspension diagnostics (comprehensive)100.00
Homework 1:Complete essays regarding "Alignment Wheel Meets Body" according to instructional handout100.00
Test 7:Suspension Parts Identification100.00
Test 8:STE 01 Wheels and Tires100.00
Homework 2:Complete test worksheet based on "Wheel Alignment" handout100.00
Test 9:03T1 - Tracking and Thrustline100.00
Test 10:SLA worksheet (in class project)100.00
Test 11:"Four Wheel Alignment"100.00
Test 12:04T1 - Suspension Diagnostics (comprehensive)100.00
Homework 3:Course Definitions due100.00
Category Description Category Value   
Performance Assessments 1504    
Assessment Label: Assessment Description Assessment Value
Lab 1:Measure Toe and Wheel run out188.00
Lab 2:Measure Turning Radius188.00
Lab 3:Measure Camber and Caster using mechanical gauges188.00
Lab 4:SLA camber and caster exercise188.00
Lab 5:Demonstration of balancing a tire and wheel assembly188.00
Lab 6:Balance wheel/tire assembly188.00
Lab 7:Demonstration of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment system188.00
Lab 8:Demonstrate of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment system on an assigned lab vehicle188.00
Category Description Category Value   
Final Exam 1500    
Assessment Label: Assessment Description Assessment Value
Final Exam:Final Course Exam (comprehensive)1,500.00
Total Assessment Points          4,504.00
Total Category Points 4,504.00
A = 4,504-4,054 B = 4,053-3,603 C = 3,602-3,153 D = 3,152-2,702 F = 2,701-0


Description of Graded Elements of the Course
Assessment Label Assessment Description/Course outcomes met Assessment Value
in Points
% of Final Grade
Safety TestComplete lab safety test during lab orientation
Course outcomes met: CO3
100.002.22%
Test 2Camber and Caster Influence
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Lab 1Measure Toe and Wheel run out
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
188.004.17%
Lab 2Measure Turning Radius
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
188.004.17%
Test 3Camber and Caster tolerance
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
100.002.22%
Test 401T1 - Suspension angles (comprehensive)
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Lab 3Measure Camber and Caster using mechanical gauges
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO4
188.004.17%
Test 5"Techniques for Front Wheel Alignment"
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Lab 4SLA camber and caster exercise
Course outcomes met: CO4, CO2, CO1
188.004.17%
Test 602T1 - Suspension diagnostics (comprehensive)
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2, CO4
100.002.22%
Lab 5Demonstration of balancing a tire and wheel assembly
Course outcomes met: CO3
188.004.17%
Homework 1Complete essays regarding "Alignment Wheel Meets Body" according to instructional handout
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
100.002.22%
Test 7Suspension Parts Identification
Course outcomes met: CO1
100.002.22%
Test 8STE 01 Wheels and Tires
Course outcomes met: CO3
100.002.22%
Lab 6Balance wheel/tire assembly
Course outcomes met: CO3
188.004.17%
Homework 2Complete test worksheet based on "Wheel Alignment" handout
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
100.002.22%
Test 903T1 - Tracking and Thrustline
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
100.002.22%
Lab 7Demonstration of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment system
Course outcomes met: CO4, CO2
188.004.17%
Test 10SLA worksheet (in class project)
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
100.002.22%
Test 11"Four Wheel Alignment"
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Lab 8Demonstrate of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment system on an assigned lab vehicle
Course outcomes met: CO4, CO2
188.004.17%
Test 1204T1 - Suspension Diagnostics (comprehensive)
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Homework 3Course Definitions due
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
100.002.22%
Final ExamFinal Course Exam (comprehensive)
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
1,500.0033.30%
  4,504.00100.00%

 

Description of Graded Elements of the Course:
          

Student test assessments will be graded on the ability to choose the correct answer in regard to multiple choice test questions or provide the correct answer to test questions that require a missing word or brief statement.

 
Performance assessments are designed to enhance the student’s level of competency based on the course outcomes and expectations of the industry
 

 

 

 

Course Schedule
Unit/
Week
Unit Description/Objectives Assessment Label:Description Due Date
1Course Orientation and Policies
 
  • Review syllabus
  • Discuss purpose of course, requirements, and application to individual study of material
  • Identify various types of suspension and steering and components
Safety Test: Complete lab safety test during lab orientationWeek 1
Study handout prior to next lab period
Complete worksheet; due next lab period
2Defining Camber and Caster
 
  • Define purpose of angles
  • Identify the vehicle influence
  • Explain the tolerance of angles
Read Lesson handouts prior to next class
Review camber and caster
▪Identify angles using suspension examples in lab
3Toe and Bump steer
 
  • Define purpose of angles
  • Review toe and bump steer using software on Hunter alignment equipment
  • Measure total toe and adjust to zero spec using an assigned lab vehicle
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class
Test 2: Camber and Caster InfluenceWeek 3
Lab 1: Measure Toe and Wheel run outWeek 3
4Turning Radius: cause and effect of proper and improper turning radius

 
  • Explain benefits of proper turning radius
  • Explain how to measure and troubleshoot problems associated with turning radius
  • Measure turning radius using turnplates on an assigned lab vehicle
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class
Complete worksheets in class
Lab 2: Measure Turning RadiusWeek 4
5Steering Axis Inclination (SAI): discussion of SAI and its use in diagnosing alignment problems
 
  • Define SAI and explain benefits of angle
  • Explain how SAI is used as a diagnostic angle in collision repair
  • Using a Bear #27 gauge and turnplates measure camber and caster on an assigned lab vehicle
  • Diagnose condition of vehicle based on measured outcome
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class and alignment gauge handout prior to next lab
Test 3: Camber and Caster toleranceWeek 5
Test 4: 01T1 - Suspension angles (comprehensive)Week 5
Lab 3: Measure Camber and Caster using mechanical gaugesWeek 5
6Included Angle (IA) and Scrub Radius: review of SAI and a discussion of IA, and scrub radius and their relationship to collision diagnostics
 
  • Discuss SAI concepts and diagnostic advantages
  • Define IA and Scrub Radius
  • Discuss each angle as additional diagnostic references to collision repair
Read "Techniques for Front Wheel Alignment" for test next class period. Review Lesson handouts
Complete worksheets in class
Skill development with lab projects
7Suspension Diagnostics: comprehensive discussion of alignment angles and the variable outcomes and benefits to damage diagnostics
 
  • Given examples of damage, evaluate effects of improper vehicle alignment angles
  • Discuss necessary adjustments or repairs needed to correct suspension
  • Evaluate control arm movement using a mechanical gauge and a chassis with an SLA suspension
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class test over diagnostics
Test 5: "Techniques for Front Wheel Alignment"Week 7
Lab 4: SLA camber and caster exerciseWeek 7
8Damage Analysis using I-CAR DAM 03 review steering and suspension components to and discuss possible damage situations.
 
  • Given examples of damage, discuss steering and suspension damage situations
  • Using selected lab vehicles complete steering and suspension identification worksheets during lab period
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class
Test 6: 02T1 - Suspension diagnostics (comprehensive)Week 8
Lab: Identification of suspension components
9Steering and Suspension and Diagnostics review of diagnostics and begin I-CAR STE 01: Identification of wheel and tire assemblies, and proper balancing procedures
 
  • Using worksheet determine possible damage to suspension components
  • Explain corrections to above suspension
  • Identify wheel and tire characteristics
  • Explain how to balance a wheel/tire assembly
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class
Complete worksheets in class
10Tires and Wheels I-CAR STE 01: continued identification of proper tire repair, rotation, and wheel bearing maintenance
 
  • Explain how to repair a tire
  • Explain wheel bearing cleaning and replacement
  • Explain methods of tire rotation
  • Participate in demonstration of balancing a wheel/tire assembly
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class
Lab 5: Demonstration of balancing a tire and wheel assemblyWeek 10
Study Steering and Suspension Identification handout for test next week
Homework 1: Complete essays regarding "Alignment Wheel Meets Body" according to instructional handoutWeek 11
11Tracking and Thrust Angle identification of proper vehicle tracking, ride height, and associated
 
  • Identify proper tracking tolerance and associated problems
  • Explain thrust angle and ride height
  • Explain methods of determining ride height
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class
Test 7: Suspension Parts IdentificationWeek 11
Test 8: STE 01 Wheels and TiresWeek 11
Lab 6: Balance wheel/tire assemblyWeek 11
Homework 2: Complete test worksheet based on "Wheel Alignment" handoutWeek 12
12Damage Analysis review of steering and suspension worksheets to determine possible damage situations and correction alternatives.
 
  • Small group evaluation of steering and suspension damage situations
  • Identify problems and corrective procedures needed to achieve stated specifications
  • Participation in the set up and operation of the Hunter Alignment system
  • Evaluate lab vehicle and adjust components to manufacturers? specifications
Test 9: 03T1 - Tracking and ThrustlineWeek 12
Lab 7: Demonstration of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment systemWeek 12
Study "Four Wheel Alignment" handout for test next class period
Complete page one of Definitions for instructor review for next class period
13Short/Long Arm Suspension (SLA): evaluate methods of adjustment and outcomes of this suspension
 
  • Given examples of the SLA suspension the student will identify the different types of adjustments
  • Determine effects based on worksheet provided in class
Review Lesson handouts prior to next class
Test 10: SLA worksheet (in class project)Week 13
Test 11: "Four Wheel Alignment"Week 13
Lab 8: Demonstrate of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment system on an assigned lab vehicleWeek 13
Review packet for comprehensive Diagnostic test next class period and upcoming Course Final
14Final Review review of concepts and course material in preparation for Final Exam
 
  • Review for final exam. Evaluate past handouts and information to prepare for final
  • Complete any outstanding lab objectives
Review past course handouts and material for Final Exam next class period
Test 12: 04T1 - Suspension Diagnostics (comprehensive)Week 14
Complete Definitions for next class period
Study for Final Exam
15: Final Exam and Completion of Lab Objectives
 
  • Complete a comprehensive written final exam with at least 70% accuracy
  • Participate in clean up of lab areas and attend department awards ceremony
Homework 3: Course Definitions dueWeek 15
Final Exam: Final Course Exam (comprehensive)Week 15
Clean up lab, tools and equipment as assigned by instructor
ACM department awards ceremony
The Auto Collision Department or acting Instructor reserves the right to substitute or rearrange lecture topics, lab projects, homework, tests, or assignments based on the needs of the class or requirements to meet course outcomes and objectives. Once weekly 1323 objectives are completed, additional lab time may be used for other class objectives within semester.
 
 
 

 

Instructor Participation Policy:

A student is expected to attend and participate during the scheduled period of instruction (lecture and lab).  This begins with the first scheduled class day of the term.  A student deemed  a non-participant for more than 10% ( 3.0 hours) of the lecture or 10% ( 6.0 hours) of the lab periods, regardless of grades earned on assignments, will have to repeat the course.

A student is considered tardy up to 15 minutes into the scheduled lecture or lab, and thereafter will be considered a non-participant for that period of instruction.

 

Course Policies:
 
Safety Procedures
 
Students are required to participate in a safety lecture prior to performing in the laboratory portion of the course. A written test will be given to each participating student covering the presented safety materials. Students must complete the safety test with 100% accuracy prior to receiving lab assignments.
 
All lecture and laboratory safety rules and regulations will be followed in every detail. Failure to comply with this policy will result in dismissal from class until further notice.
 
Acceptance Attire
 
  • NIOSH approved clear safety glasses will be worn at all times
  • Full-toed shoes (no slippers, sandals, flip-flops, or bare feet)
  • Full length pants (must extend past ankles)
  • Pants must fit around waist within 3 inches of belly button
  • Shirts (no sleeveless or tank tops)
  • Shirts with and without buttons can be worn with instructor approval on neck opening exposure
  • Clothing must be reasonably snug fitting (not excessively loose, baggy, torn)
  • An inappropriate slogan on clothing is not acceptable.
  • Jogging clothes, sweats, or warm-ups are not acceptable.
  • Acceptable headgear: ball caps or bump caps (No do-rags, bandanas or shower caps)
  • The Instructor has the final authority concerning matters of dress
 
Classroom and Lab Behaviors
 
  • Smoking in classrooms, laboratories and shops are prohibited
  • Smoking is permitted only in designated areas
  • Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of a building, when permitted
  • Smoking is prohibited within the fenced area surrounding the ACM and CAT Labs.
  • The consumption of drinks, candy and other food items is restricted to lounge areas
  • Eating or drinking in laboratories are hazardous because of the toxic nature of lab materials being handled
  • No horseplay at any time
  • Be responsible – Be a professional
 
Late Work/Test Policies
 
All students are required to be present for class. However, unexpected circumstances will occur. If a student has an excused absence, death or illness in the immediate family, the student must notify the instructor of record immediately. If a test is missed, the instructor has to give permission for make up. The missed test must be made up before the next scheduled period of instruction.
 
An excused absence only allows for make up of missed assignments or test. The absence is recorded.
 
Assignments are due at the beginning of class of the set due date. Late assignments will not be accepted and a grade of “zero” will be earned for said assignment. Students that have notified the instructor prior to the absence may be considered excused.
 
Pop tests  
Can be given at any time by the instructor and are not make up items.
 
 Exemptions 
 
Students can be exempted from a final exam if:
 
  1. Lecture average is 90 or above
  2. Attendance is perfect
  3. Assignments are completed and turned in
  4. Projects are complete
 
Cell Phone Policy
 
Cell phones may be brought into the classroom or lab as they are a part of our society.  It is common courtesy to put devices such as cell phones and laptops away during presentations and discussions as alerts and notifications from devices can distract you and others. So, the rule is to turn off cell phones during class time and put them away. Do not use a lap top in class unless you use it to take notes. If there is a need to use a device in the classroom, communicate this to your instructor so a discussion can occur and an understanding reached.
Phones and earphones may be used in the lab for music only.  Phones must be off during demonstrations or class discussions. 
 
Anyone failing to adhere to this policy will be dismissed from class and issued a non-participation grade (absence) for that period of instruction.
 
Departmental Awards Ceremony/Cleanup Policy
 
Each student is expected to participate in the awards ceremony and cleanup activities once the date has been identified.
 
Students with unexpected circumstances can be excused by the department chair only.
 

TSTC school calendar identifies the end of the semester. Student break begins the day after