Outcome-based 20/FA Course Syllabus
Course Rubric-Number-Section:ABDR-1323-1001
Credit:3
Contact Hours:
  • 2 hrs - Online (DL2)
  • 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:
Online
Lab:
Wednesday 8:00AM to 11:40AM
Building: 1ACR room 100
Instructor: Tracy Marshall
Office Phone Number: 254 709-9948
Email Address: tlmarshall@tstc.edu
Office Fax Number: 254 867-2315
Building & Office Room Number: 1 ACR 100
Office Hours: Thursday 8am-12pm via email or Moodle
 
Approved by: Clint CampbellDate: 2020-08-13
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
3Pencil1
4Scantron1
5TBA1
6TBA1

Tool Resource Statement

Tools and materials must be acquired by the beginning of the second 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 3:01T1 - Suspension angles (comprehensive) 100.00
Test 4:1a-Camber and Caster tolerance 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 Identification 100.00
Homework 2:Complete test worksheet based on "Wheel Alignment" handout100.00
Test 8:Tires and Wheel Assemblies100.00
Test 9:03T1 - Tracking and Thrustline100.00
Test 10:SLA worksheet (Lab exercise)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:Lab 1: Measure Toe and Wheel run out 188.00
Lab 2:Measure Turning Radius 188.00
Lab 3:Measure Camber and Caster using bubble gauges 188.00
Lab 4:SLA camber and caster exercise188.00
Lab 5:Demonstration: Balancing Tire and Wheel Assembly188.00
Lab 6:Demonstrate the completed balance of a tire/wheel 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%
Lab 1Lab 1: Measure Toe and Wheel run out
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2, CO4
188.004.17%
Test 2Camber and Caster Influence
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Lab 2Measure Turning Radius
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO4, CO2
188.004.17%
Test 301T1 - Suspension angles (comprehensive)
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Test 41a-Camber and Caster tolerance
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
100.002.22%
Lab 3Measure Camber and Caster using bubble gauges
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO4, CO2
188.004.17%
Test 5"Techniques for Front Wheel Alignment"
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
100.002.22%
Test 602T1 - Suspension diagnostics (comprehensive)
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1, CO4
100.002.22%
Lab 4SLA camber and caster exercise
Course outcomes met: CO2
188.004.17%
Test 7Suspension Parts Identification
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Lab 5Demonstration: Balancing Tire and Wheel Assembly
Course outcomes met: CO3
188.004.17%
Test 8Tires and Wheel Assemblies
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO3
100.002.22%
Homework 1Complete essays regarding "Alignment Wheel Meets Body" according to instructional handout
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2, CO4
100.002.22%
Lab 6Demonstrate the completed balance of a tire/wheel assembly
Course outcomes met: CO3
188.004.17%
Homework 2Complete test worksheet based on "Wheel Alignment" handout
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Lab 7Demonstration of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment system
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO4
188.004.17%
Test 903T1 - Tracking and Thrustline
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO1
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 10SLA worksheet (Lab exercise)
Course outcomes met: CO2, CO4
100.002.22%
Test 11"Four Wheel Alignment"
Course outcomes met: CO4, CO2
100.002.22%
Test 1204T1 - Suspension Diagnostics (comprehensive)
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
100.002.22%
Homework 3Course Definitions due
Course outcomes met: CO1, CO2
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
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 1
Read Chapter 1 in workbook, prior to next lab period Week 1
Complete worksheet-Lab handout Week 2
Identify angles using suspension examples in lab
Identify various types of suspension and steering and components
2Defining Camber and Caster
 
  • Define Camber and Caster
  • Identify vehicle influence
  • Determine angle tolerances
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 2
Homework due -Chapter 1 worksheet
& Key points worksheet
Complete Influence worksheet – Lab handout
3Toe and Bumpsteer
 
  • 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
Read Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 3
Lab 1: Lab 1: Measure Toe and Wheel run out Week 3
Review worksheet Week 2
Complete workbook exercise Week 2
Test 2: Camber and Caster InfluenceWeek 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 vehicle
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 4
Complete workbook exercises Week 3
Lab 2: Measure Turning Radius Week 4
Test 3: 01T1 - Suspension angles (comprehensive) Week 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 like gauge and turnplates, measure camber and caster on an assigned lab vehicle
  • Diagnose condition of vehicle based on measured outcome
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 5
Complete worksheets in class
Test 4: 1a-Camber and Caster tolerance Week 5
Lab 3: Measure Camber and Caster using bubble gauges Week 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
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 6
Read "Techniques for Front Wheel Alignment" for next week
Workbook article
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
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 7
Test 5: "Techniques for Front Wheel Alignment" Week 7
Complete Workbook diagnostic exercises
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
  • Complete steering and suspension identification worksheets
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 8
Test 6: 02T1 - Suspension diagnostics (comprehensive)Week 8
Review Suspension Nomenclature in Workbook prior to next class; Test in Lab
9Steering and Suspension and Diagnostics review of diagnostics.
 
  • Using worksheet determine possible damage to suspension components
  • Explain corrections to above suspension
  • Evaluate control arm movement using a mechanical gauge and a chassis with an SLA suspension
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 9
Complete diagnostic worksheets in class
Lab 4: SLA camber and caster exerciseWeek 8
Test 7: Suspension Parts Identification Week 8
10 Identification of wheel and tire assemblies, and proper balancing and maintenance procedures
 
  • Identify wheel and tire characteristics
  • Explain how to balance a wheel/tire assembly
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 10
Lab 5: Demonstration: Balancing Tire and Wheel AssemblyWeek 10
Test 8: Tires and Wheel AssembliesWeek 11
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 concepts
 
  • Identify proper tracking tolerance and associated problems
  • Explain thrust angle and ride height
  • Explain methods of determining ride height
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 11
Homework- Essays Due
Lab 6: Demonstrate the completed balance of a tire/wheel assemblyWeek 15
Homework 2: Complete test worksheet based on "Wheel Alignment" handoutWeek 12
Lab 7: Demonstration of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment systemWeek 11
Test - Tracking and Thrust Angles next week
12Damage Analysis review of steering and suspension worksheets to determine possible damage situations and correction alternatives.
 
  • 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 and adjustments to Lab vehicle
Review Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 12
Homework-Wheel Alignment Due
Test 9: 03T1 - Tracking and ThrustlineWeek 12
Lab 8: Demonstrate of the proper set up and operation of the Hunter 4-Wheel Alignment system on an assigned lab vehicleWeek 15
Study "Four Wheel Alignment" workbook article for test next week
Complete page one of Definitions for instructor review for next week
Review Final Review chapter for comprehensive Diagnostic test next class period and upcoming Course Final
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 in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 13
Test 10: SLA worksheet (Lab exercise)Week 13
Test 11: "Four Wheel Alignment"Week 13
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 Lesson handouts in Workbook
Research study guide, PowerPoint and PDFs- Moodle Week 14
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 if applicable
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 lab instruction.  This begins with the first scheduled class day of the term.  A student deemed a non-participant for more than 10% ( 5.5 hours) of the lab periods, regardless of grades earned on assignments, will have to repeat the course.  Participation in Moodle learning activities is recorded.  Students not participating in Moodle activities for more than 11 consecutive school days, excluding weekends, will be deemed a non-participant and 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:
 

Course Expectations

You will be asked to undertake these activities to help you to learn the subject matter of this course.

  • Review the weekly lessons provided in Moodle  
  • Research all study guides, articles, PowerPoints, or PDFs presented in Moodle,  provided by your instructor or      in your Workbook
  • Complete all weekly module activities in Moodle prior to scheduled lab time
  • Have reliable computer access not just a smartphone
  • Have reliable access to email
  • Have appropriate study skills and self-motivation to research the material
  • Meet the required attendance policy standards

Research; Definition - the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

 
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.
 
**With regard to the COVID-19 pandemic; Approved (Level1) face masks will be worn at all times and social distancing will be mandatory.  Hourly washing or disinfecting of hands and or gloves will be required according to the demonstrated lab regiment.
 
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

Due to COVID-19 circumstances students are required to check Moodle and email for updates to "Announcements" in Moodle or homework, lesson resource or videos, and tests in the Moodle "Weekly" sections.  Tests and homework must be completed by end of stated due dates. Complications with student activity will require student communication with instructor by phone, email or Moodle messages.   

 
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 or assignment is missed, the instructor has to give permission for make up. The missed test or assignment must be made up before the next scheduled period of instruction or handed in immediately at the beginning of that period.
 
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 in case of emergency.
 

 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