Automatic Transmission

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ATA 208

       Course Name: Automatic Transmission

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Interview with and consent of Chairperson

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Operational principles of automatic transmissions. Topics include: Theory of operation, repair and trouble shooting on different transmissions.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • Identify the internal components of the automatic transmission drivetrain
  • Demonstrate how to achieve gear selections by the use of planetary gear sets
  • Explain the differences between hydraulic pressures
  • Draw out hydraulic charts and explain the routing of hydraulic pressures
  • Describe the purpose and procedure of a stall speed
  • Diagnose internal electrical transmission failures
  • Explain electrical solenoid operation

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

  • Day 1 Syllabus, Safety Policy and Procedure
  • Week 1 Chapter 4 Hydraulic Systems Parts and Operation
  • Week 2 Chapter 4 Quiz, Pressure Test lab, Chapter 16 Valve Bodies and Valve Body Service
  • Week 3&4 Transmission Disassembly Lab
  • Week 5 Chapter 7 Clutches and Bands
  • Week 6 Chapter 7 Quiz, Power Flow Through Gear Sets
  • Week 7&8 Chapter 6 Quiz, Transmission Lab, Mid-Term
  • Week 9 Chapter 5 Torque Converters
  • Week 10 Chapter 5 Quiz, Torque Converter Lab
  • Week 11 Chapter 9 Electronic Transmission Controls and Lab
  • Week 12 Chapters 14, 15, and17 Transmission/Transaxle
  • Week 13 Chapters 14, 15, and 17 Quiz, Transaxle Lab
  • Week 14 Chapter 13 Transmission Condition Diagnosis
  • Week 15 & 16 Chapter 13 Quiz, lab, and Final

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures and audiovisual presentations dealing with the function of components. There will be demonstrations, classroom discussion, small group and individual instruction on disassembly/repair of vehicle and components.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading: The students will be responsible to read handouts and textbook materials.

Writing: The student should maintain a notebook of lecture topics for future reference. Course is taught as face-to-face, media based.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Class attendance and participation is part of the student grade. Chapter quizzes will be given after every chapter. Students are responsible for turning in his/her lab work. Also, lab participation will be factored into making up the students overall grade.

Final Grade Determination:

Homework* 10%
Quizzes 10%
Attendance** 10%
Report 10%
Mid-term Test 15%
Final Test 15%
Lab 30%

* 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. If needed in certain situations, the student will need to bring in proof of absence.

90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
0 – 59 F

The student shall be responsible for contacting the instructor and making arrangements to make-up any missed examinations at the convenience of the instructor.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.