Curriculum

I. Lower Division Coursework

Thirty-five units  or more of transportation related courses from a designated associate degree course sequence per California Community College Chancellor’s Office Taxonomy of Programs (TOP) codes 0948.00. Each course must be completed with a C or higher.

Programs at Rio Hondo College include:

Courses Required for the Major:

  • Lower Division General Education:
    Students will be required to complete one of the following general education options:
    • California State University General Education Breadth pattern
    • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern

II. Upper Division Coursework

Major Courses

  • click the course name to open / close the course description.
Course Name Units
AUTO 300 - Assessment of the Automotive Industry
This course provides the Automotive Technology student with a detailed practical study of how to be successful in the Automotive Service, Parts, and Sales Industry. This is a practical study of current service, parts, and sales practices performed in dealerships and independent repair shops, while also discussing the review and preparation of the theory and skills necessary to successfully pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exams relevant to Industry Standards. Topics include becoming efficient in the shop, mastering the various pay systems, understanding managers and owners, building customer loyalty, demonstrating workplace and social ethics, and making Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) values work for all employees. In addition, vehicle engines, transmissions, brakes, suspension, air conditioning, and engine performance systems, parts, and components, and new and emerging technologies that support the service and repair of the modern automobile will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon the important tasks of proper repair procedures, the safe use of tools, equipment, technical data, and scan tools, as well as the ins-and-outs of the business of service, parts, and sales. Current Automotive Industry practices and relevant case studies will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is for the student to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the Vehicle After-Sales Field Operations Management spectrum.
3.0
AUTO 310 - Global Development of the Automobile
This course provides the Automotive Technology student with a detailed practical study of how to be successful in the Automotive Service, Parts, and Sales Industry. This is a practical study of current service, parts, and sales practices performed in dealerships and independent repair shops, while also discussing the review and preparation of the theory and skills necessary to successfully pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exams relevant to Industry Standards. Topics include becoming efficient in the shop, mastering the various pay systems, understanding managers and owners, building customer loyalty, demonstrating workplace and social ethics, and making Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) values work for all employees. In addition, vehicle engines, transmissions, brakes, suspension, air conditioning, and engine performance systems, parts, and components, and new and emerging technologies that support the service and repair of the modern automobile will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon the important tasks of proper repair procedures, the safe use of tools, equipment, technical data, and scan tools, as well as the ins-and-outs of the business of service, parts, and sales. Current Automotive Industry practices and relevant case studies will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is for the student to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the Vehicle After-Sales Field Operations Management spectrum.
3.0
AUTO 320 - The Progressive Growth of Automotive Technology
This course provides the Automotive Technology student with a detailed practical study of the development of Automotive Technology from its beginnings to the present day, focusing on the basics and its long-term development. This is a practical and contextualized study of the importance of the automotive technological changes that have evolved from both engineering improvements and cultural changes. Topics include the development of vehicle layout and design, the needs and behaviors of drivers, producers, non-users, and other stakeholders, and the ever-changing computerized control of its systems and other emerging technologies. Emphasis will be placed upon the systematic overview of the mechanization and electrification of the automobile, not only as machines, but as a testimony of their important role in the way we live today. Current Automotive Industry practices and relevant case studies will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is for the student to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the Vehicle After-Sales Field Operations Management spectrum.
3.0
AUTO 499 - Directed Studies in Automotive Technology
The course provides an opportunity for the Automotive Technology student to expand their studies in the Bachelor of Science Degree beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contact the instructor to determine the scope of the assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students must possess a 2.5 overall GPA, a 3.0 GPA in the discipline of study being requested, or receive an exception from the instructor. Students are required to take 4 units of Directed Study within a discipline to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Automotive Technology.
4.0
Course Name Units
AUTO 340 - Analyzing Vehicle Electrical/Electronic Systems
This course provides the Automotive Technology student with a detailed practical application of Electrical and Electronic Systems of the Modern Automobile. This is a practical study of computerized vehicle controls and diagnostic strategies as it pertains to the function, operation, and vehicle on-board diagnostic and communication systems of the engine, powertrain, brakes, suspension, safety, convenience, and emission control systems. Topics include emerging technologies, such as modern instrumentation, navigation, and telematics, and the use of vehicle network configuration systems used by late-model automotive manufacturers. Emphasis will be placed upon the design of system parts, components, subsystems, and their operational characteristics, including programmed microprocessors, micro-controllers, and computer-language protocol. Current Industry-approved diagnostic, troubleshooting, and reprogramming techniques and relevant case studies will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is for the student to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the Vehicle After-Sales Field Operations Management spectrum.
3.0
AUTO 360 - Analyzing Vehicle Fuels, Lubricants, and Combustion
This course provides the Automotive Technology student with a detailed practical application of Fuels, Lubricants, and Combustion of the Modern Automobile. This is a realistic study of the physical and chemical properties of fuels, lubricants, and combustion, including diagnostic strategies as it pertains to the function, operation, and every-day use of the systems and sub-systems of the automotive internal combustion engine and related powertrain components. Topics include emerging technologies, such as modern fuel and lubricant requirements and how they affect combustion, emissions, and maintenance schedules used by late-model automotive manufacturers. Emphasis will be placed upon the design of system parts, components, subsystems, and their operational characteristics, including failure analysis. Current Industry-approved diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques and relevant case studies will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is for the student to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the Vehicle After-Sales Field Operations Management spectrum.
3.0
AUTO 400 - Analyzing Vehicle Stability, Dynamics, and NVH
This course provides the Automotive Technology student with a detailed practical application of Stability, Dynamics, and Noise-Vibration-Harshness (NVH) of the Modern Automobile. This is a practical study of the systems that provide vehicle operation safety, including diagnostic strategies as it pertains to the function, operation, and every-day use of the automotive tires, brakes, steering, and suspension systems. Topics include emerging technologies, such as modern antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability assist, electronic power steering, active suspension, and tire construction and pressure monitoring systems used by late-model automotive manufacturers. Emphasis will be placed upon the design of system parts, components, subsystems, and their operational characteristics, including techniques in reducing NVH. Current Industry-approved diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques and relevant case studies will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is for the student to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the Vehicle After- Sales Field Operations Management spectrum.
3.0
AUTO 420 - Analyzing Dynamic Functions of Vehicle Drivetrain Systems
This course provides the Automotive Technology student with a detailed practical application of Electro-Mechanical and Hydraulic Functions of Transmission and Drivetrain Systems of the Modern Automobile. This is a practical study of the systems that provide vehicle mobility, including diagnostic strategies as it pertains to the function, operation, and every-day use of the automotive transmission, differential, and drive axle systems. Topics include emerging technologies, such as modern dual-clutch transmissions, continuously-variable transmissions, real-time gear shifting mechanisms and controls, torque convertor and convertor clutch designs, torque-management strategies, and innovative designs of gears, bearings, seals, and friction materials used by late-model automotive manufacturers. Emphasis will be placed upon the design of system parts, components, subsystems, and their operational characteristics, including techniques in reducing Noise-Vibration-Harshness (NVH). Current Industry-approved diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques and relevant case studies will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is for the student to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the Vehicle After-Sales Field Operations Management spectrum.
3.0
AUTO 440 - Analyzing Vehicle Safety, Comfort, and Security Systems
This course provides the Automotive Technology student with a detailed practical application of Vehicle Occupant Protection, Comfort, and Security Systems of the Modern Automobile. This is a practical study of the systems that provide integrated vehicle and driving protection against hazardous and inadvertent situations, as well as occupant amenities, including diagnostic strategies as it pertains to the function, operation, and every-day use of active/passive safety, comfort, and convenience systems. Topics include emerging technologies, such as modern airbag systems, accident avoidance and pre-crash/post-crash mitigation of injuries, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) infrastructure technology, and innovative driver assistance, infotainment, and occupant contentment and security systems used by late-model automotive manufacturers. Emphasis will be placed upon the design of system parts, components, subsystems, and their operational characteristics, including techniques in reducing vehicle crashes and improving occupant/pedestrian protection. Current Industry-approved diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques and relevant case studies will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is for the student to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the Vehicle After-Sales Field Operations Management spectrum.
3.0

Upper Division General Education

Students must select 12 units from the courses below:

Course Name Units
GEOG 310 - Environmental Geography
Pre-requisites: ENGL 201 and GEOG 101 both with a grade of “C” or better.

This upper division General Education course is designed for students pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Automotive Technology, and is open to all students who have successfully completed the requirements to enroll in a 300-level course (junior-level status). This course will examine how the environment is impacted by human activity in different geographical regions and how the environment responds. Topics will include global cycles and systems of the air, water and soil, and the effects of human activity on the environment and living systems. Case studies will be used to investigate specific environmental issues.

3.0
HIST 325 - History of Technology
Prerequisite: ENGL 201 or 201H and HIST 101 or 102 or 143 or 143H or 144 or 144H.
This upper division General Education course is designed for students pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Automotive Technology but it is also open to all students who have successfully completed the prerequisites. This course explores the history of science and technology from the initial understandings of the universe from Ptolemy and Aristotle, to the challenges brought by the scholars of the Scientific Revolution, to the modern innovators of scientific developments and advancements in technology. This course provides an overview of how individuals, societies, and nations were impacted by these developments and how science and technology impacts political, social, economic, and cultural changes over time. Since both science and technology are vital in the 21st century, this course aims to highlight the long history behind each from a global historical perspective.
3.0
ENGL 325 - Technical Writing
Prerequisite: ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H with a grade of “C” or better
This upper division General Education course is designed for students pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Automotive Technology and is open to all students who have successfully completed ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H. Students will develop expository writing skills on technical subjects relevant to automotive and transportation-related industries, business, science, government, and other similar fields. Written assignments will comprise short forms including technical description, proposals, manuals, and journal articles, as well as longer formal papers, feasibility studies, and technical reports. This course will help students develop principles of clear writing appropriate to Automotive Industry standards.
3.0
PHIL 325 - Applied and Professional Ethics
Prerequisite: ENGL 201 or 201H and PHIL 101 or 101H or 120.
This upper division General Education course is designed for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Automotive Technology but it is also open to all students who have successfully completed the prerequisites. This course is intended for students who seek a greater understanding of the relationship between ethics and human living. This course will expose them to the moral and ethical views in the Western philosophical tradition. Students will then apply these views to various contemporary issues. Expected topics include: business ethics, euthanasia, terrorism, public policy, the death penalty, and issues in science and technology.
3.0
SOC 325 - Analysis of Social Change
Prerequisites: ENGL 101, SOC 101or SOC 101H, SOC102, ENGL 325 with a grade of “C” or better.
This upper division General Education course is designed for students pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Automotive Technology and is open to all students who have successfully completed the required prerequisites. Students will develop a broad understanding of social change within society through the examination of the various social mechanisms that lead to, promote, and eventually incorporate or quell the products and processes of social change. Special attention will be paid to Industrialization, globalization, social movements, the implementation and evolution of technology and how social change is shaped by and produces unique social behavior.
3.0
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