Advanced Engine Performance Analysis

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ATA 210

       Course Name: Advanced Engine Performance Analysis

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ATA 110 and consent of department chair

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course studies look at the fault analysis of onboard computers and OBDII Emissions with the aid of advanced scan tool diagnostics. Diagnosis of fuel injection, computer controlled EI, DI, COP ignition systems are also covered.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to look up and follow computer diagnostic flow charts for emission sensors diagnostic trouble codes
  • Retrieve computer emission sensor data by navigation of hand held scanners. 
  • Analyze sensor data to determine if repair is needed
  • Identify ignition components and describe the differences in operation between multiple ignition systems
  • Perform ignition system repairs
  • List the procedures and perform Evaporative system leak test
  • Repair fault in Evaporative system upon results from test

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

  • Ignition system components and diagnosis
  • Computer Systems
  • Fuel Injection systems
  • Emission component operation
  • Evaporative Systems
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Scan Tools

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures and audiovisual presentations dealing with the testing, removal, and replacement of components.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face.

Reading: The student will be responsible to read hand outs and textbook materials.

Writing: The student should maintain a notebook of lecture topics for future reference.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

To be supplied by instructor if needed: Handouts, shop manuals, and specifications. Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes. Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades are based on attendance and participation in class. Quiz/tests will be given after lecture. Lab work and participation are essential for grade.

45% Quiz/test
45% Lab
10% Attendance
90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
0 – 59 F

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.