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AUTO 320 - The Progressive Growth of Automotive Technology

Unit(s): 3.00

Prerequisite: Enrollment requires an AS degree in Automotive Technology or similar field, and special approval from the program advisor
Advisory: PHY 120, ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H, and MATH 130 or MATH 130H

This course provides automotive technology students 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. The course is a practical and contextualized study of the importance of the technological automotive changes that have evolved as a result of 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 to their important role in the way we live today. Current automotive industry practices and relevant case studies are discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is to have students apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the vehicle after-sales field operations management spectrum.

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