Basic Automotive Engines
I. Course Prefix/Number: ATA 204
Course Name: Basic Automotive Engines
Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
This course covers the basic operation of automotive engines. Emphasis is placed on engine components, covering measuring of components, disassembly/assembly. Also, complete valve repair.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Discuss engine component operation
- Identify engine components
- Compare component to manufacture specs
- Perform repairs to the cylinder head
- Demonstrate proper operating procedures when using the engine block Lathe
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Gasoline engine operation, parts, and specifications
- Engine oils and lubrication
- Coolant system operation and diagnosis
- Intake and exhaust systems
- Cylinder head and valve guide service
- Valve and seat service
VII. Methods of Instruction
Lectures and audiovisual presentations dealing with the function of components. Demonstrations and audiovisual presentations dealing with the repair procedures of components. Class discussion based on field experience. Individual and small group instruction on component disassembly and reassembly.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course is taught as face-to-face.
Reading: The student will be responsible for reading handout materials as required and assigned for class discussion.
Writing: The student should maintain a comprehensive notebook of lecture topics for reference during class discussion sessions. The student shall submit a comprehensive report titled "Engine Data Profile". The report should include; a "table of content", all relative engine specifications, support data, results, summary of findings and service actions taken. A summary of "What you learned" must also be included.
IX. Instructional Materials
To be supplied by the instructor: Handouts, shop manuals, and manufacture specifications.
To be supplied by the student: Note paper and a good quality three ring binder in which to keep comprehensive notes and retain a volume of topical handouts generated by the instructor.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will be evaluated on class participation, tests/quizzes, lab participation (hands on work), lab sheets, and attendance.
FINAL GRADE DETERMINATION:
* Homework: Late homework will count only 50%.
** Attendance: Student attendance is critical for satisfactory completion of course work. Each unexcused absence will reduce your grade by 2% with a maximum of 5 unexcused absences. Three unexcused tardiness equals one day missed.
|90 – 100||A|
|80 – 89||B|
|70 – 79||C|
|60 – 69||D|
|0 – 59||F|
Missed lab assignments maybe made up if there is time allotted and with some form of proof why the student was absent.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.