• Course Syllabus

    For 2019-2020

    Beginning and Intermediate Automotive Classes


    Instructor: Carl Schlegel

    Course Number: INV641 & INV644

    School: River Ridge HS

    Contact Info: cschlegel@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    Room 509 and phone extension #42509. Preferred & most rapid contact will be by email.

    Office Hours: 30 minutes before & after school, and during my planning period. (3rd)

    Parent: After reading and reviewing this syllabus with your student, please email me and affirm that you understand and your student will agree to abide by the terms set forth in this syllabus. Please make sure you can access Skyward Family Access online so you can monitor your student’s progress in my class and other classes.

    Student: After reading and reviewing this syllabus with your parent, please complete the Syllabus Test online using Canvas or Skyward Student Access, as directed by your teacher in class, which will  affirm that you understand agree to abide by the terms set forth in this syllabus. Please check Canvas & Skyward daily, as many of my assignments are posted and completed online using Skyward, Canvas, Valvoline, and other online testing programs, such as Precision Exams.


    Program Mission:

    This program strives to instruct students using the lens of what an employer would want to see and would expect, exemplified by on time daily attendance and participation in all related learning activities.


    Course Description:

    This course is intended to provide you with the knowledge to make economical decisions and take preventative measures to enhance the overall satisfaction of being an automotive consumer, and assist students in learning the basic skills needed to perform many routine maintenance tasks and light repairs. The class discussions and lab activities provide the fundamental knowledge and experience in owning and maintaining an automobile.


    Course Goal:

    This course is designed to provide you with the necessary environment and interactions to advance your knowledge and understanding in owning, maintaining, and repairing the automobile, plus provide you with some basic workplace skills that could be utilized as an entry level automotive service technician.

    Syllabus for Automotive Service

                Welcome to Automotive Service!  Automotive Service students should actually be signing up for Beginning Automotive Service (Semester 1), and Intermediate Automotive Service (Semester 2), as this is designed as a full year course to explore, and learn the basics of automotive service and maintenance. The overall goal of this program is to learn about the fundamentals of how cars work and are maintained and repaired, and explore careers that are connected to the automotive service industry.


    Course Description:

    Beginning Auto Care (INV641) Sem. 1                   Credit: .5 (CTE/Occupational or Elective)     Grades: 9-12

    College CTE Dual Credit: 5 credits available with SPSCC upon completion of Beg. & Inter. Auto Care both semesters with a B or better grade.

    This STEM focused, project-based course provides the opportunity to learn the basics of auto care and build a foundation for a lifetime of vehicle ownership. This class is for students who know little or nothing about automobiles.  The program starts with the very basics of the car and will unlock the mystery of how things work in a non-intimidating, easy to understand manner. Students will also learn what every driver should know about their vehicle such as maintenance and safety.  Shop work will help students gain skills and knowledge in the safe operation of tools and equipment. When signing up for 1st Semester Beginning Auto , recommended additional enrollment in Intermediate Auto Care 2nd Semester is strongly suggested to lock in your spot. Participation in SkillsUSA is offered and recommended as a co-curricular club/activity. Students are encouraged to bring in their own cars for minor maintenance & repairs.


    Intermediate Auto Care (INV644) Sem. 2           Credit: .5 (CTE/Occupational or Elective)      Grades:10-12

    College CTE Dual Credit: 5 credits available with SPSCC upon completion of Beg. & Inter. Auto Care both semesters with a B or better grade.

    This STEM focused, project-based course provides the opportunity expand their knowledge of basic of auto care and build a foundation for a lifetime of vehicle ownership. Students will learn how to diagnose automobile components such as alternator, brakes, and electrical systems, utilizing the Concern, Cause, and Correction methodology. Students will apply their knowledge in the shop with hands on activities and demonstrations, often with student vehicles, but only with prior instructor approval.  Participation in SkillsUSA highly recommended. Prerequisite: Beginning Auto Care and Teacher recommendation or Skills Center Beginning Auto.


    The instruction modules include:

    Workplace Connections & Career Exploration

                    Preparing for College and Careers includes an understanding of the inputs required for an individual to be successfully prepared to enter college and start a career. Emphasis is placed on personal characteristics that can be developed to help ensure success in schooling and job endeavors. Candidates learn to properly evaluate self, career options, earning potential and schooling options to make informed decisions throughout life. Acquiring knowledge and skills needed to navigate life and perform in work environment, or employability skills, is emphasized.

    General Shop Safety

    Basic Hand Tools, Fasteners, and Equipment

    Tire and Wheel Service

    Vehicle Safety & Maintenance Inspection

    Basic Vehicle Services / Lubrication / Fluids

    Vehicle Braking Systems

    Vehicle Steering & Suspension Systems

    Basic Emissions and Exhaust Systems

    Automotive Related Math

    Repair Information Systems

    Employability and Work Habits

    Professional Skills for the Workplace

    Grading:   Grades in Material Science will come from several sources that will require a variety of skills to be

    demonstrated.  Letter grades will be assigned based on the standard grading scale for class at RRHS.



    Lab / Shop Participation:  Labs will be one of the primary ways to learn about the basic principles involved with Automotive Service.  Labs are done in class and are assigned points values based on how involved they are.  If extra time is needed to complete labs, students may come in during core/flex or lunch to complete them.  Most labs will have more than 1 class day dedicated to complete them. If you miss a lab for whatever reason, it is most likely that you will not be able to make it up. Once a lab that has been set up for 2 classes has been put away, and the materials involved consumed or installed, it is done. Occasionally, an alternative assignment may be arranged as a make-up, but that is the exception not the norm, and this is at the discretion of your teacher.


    Daily Professionalism:  Each day, you will be graded on daily professionalism.  Daily professionalism covers attendance/tardies, in class behavior, and use of electronics.  You start with 1 daily point.  The point is lost for unexcused absences, tardies later than 10 minutes, unauthorized cell phone  or electronic device use, unauthorized computer use (games, random web surfing, etc.), and poor behavior.  Half a point will be lost for tardies 10 minutes or less. You may also earn negative points, for example the student arrives 11 minutes late and loses their 1 point. The student then proceeds to use their cell phone and a -1 point is recorded. Professionalism points are posted weekly, are an observed workplace performance grade, and are weighted as 15% of your total grade.


    Teamwork:  For team projects, you will use a teamwork rubric to evaluate the contributions and cooperation of your teammates.  As this is a Career and Technical Education Class, this component will be used to evaluate your ability to work as part of a team. Teamwork is also subject to peer review in addition to your teacher’s observation and evaluation.


    Quizzes:  Each unit will have a quiz that will cover the concepts learned in that unit.  Quizzes may be retaken if necessary, and the highest grade will always be the grade used.  Quizzes are open notebook which means a well-kept notebook will make for better results on the quizzes.


    Final Exam:  At the end of the semester there will be a comprehensive exam covering all of the material learned in the course.  It is open notebook as well.


    Assignments:  For some units, there will be assignments to help you gain more experience with the concepts and information provided in this class.  These assignments, usually assigned as homework, will be graded for completion, and can be made up in the case of excused absences only.


    Extra Credit:  This extra credit will be allowed based on extraordinary effort put towards the regular assignments. It is not a replacement for the regular assignments.




    You are expected to come each day, on time, and ready to learn.  You will need writing utensils, your notebook and your Chromebook daily. I am emphasizing CHROMEBOOKS!


    Follow safety procedures at all times.  We sometimes use tools, equipment, and materials that can cause minor injuries if improperly handled, as well as soldering irons, power tools, and possibly even torches that can achieve very high temperatures; it is critical that you remain focused on the task at hand when using any of these potential hazards.


    Cell phones and other, non-class related electronic devices, are to be kept away at all times, unless I have approved their use prior to them coming out.  As an extension of that policy, it is expected that you will refrain from wearing hats or hoodies for up to hide your ears and by extension, any ear buds or headphones. On the occasions where they are allowed (calculator function, taking a temporary picture of examples written on the board, etc) they will be used only as permitted and then put away again.  If you abuse cell phone use you will be warned once not to do it again.  After the first and only warning, you will begin losing daily professionalism points.  Work not done as a result of abusing cell phones or electronic devices will not be made up.


    You will have a Chromebook assigned to you.  You are responsible for ensuring that you use only the computer assigned to you.  You are also responsible for ensuring the laptop is stored properly, charged and ready to use for the class period.  Chromebooks are to be used in accordance with the districts computer use policy.  Abuse of the computers will result in you losing computer use for the duration of the period and work not done will need to be made up on your own time.  Repeated abuse of the computer will result in long term loss of computer privileges until you go through retraining on how to properly use it.


    Availability Outside of Class:


    I am available before school starting around 6:30 AM and after school normally until 3:00 PM. Somedays I do stay later, and somedays I have duties and commitments that take me elsewhere than my classroom. If you need to work with me after school, it is best to check with me earlier in the day to make sure I am available. Tuesdays and Thursdays normally have an activity bus available, so those days I tend to stay later.


    My e-mail is cschlegel@nthurston.k12.wa.us.  This is the best way to get a hold of me as I use it daily and usually respond within 24 hours.

    Teaching Philosophy:

    Whatever we teach, whenever we teach, and wherever we teach, students should see a connection to life after high school and an eventual career. I put effort into what I try to provide for my students. It is my expectation that students put effort in, and take charge of their learning experience, not wasting their time or the time of others.


    Academic Honesty Policy:

    Do your own work. If you are observed copying, plagiarizing, claiming others work product as your own, or otherwise cheating to try and achieve credit  for less than your own true and honest efforts, expect a failing grade and other administrative discipline, up to and including exclusion from class and a loss of credit.

Last Modified on September 2, 2019