AUTO-237: Computerized Engine/Vehicle Network, Programming, and Security Systems

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Automotive Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Computerized Engine/Vehicle Network, Programming, and Security Systems
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Explains the operating of vehicle communication networks. Emphasis in vehicle network faults (CAN+, CAN- shorts, opens and other circuit faults) diagnosis and repair. Proper vehicle module programming using different vehicle software and interfaces. Explains vehicle network security protocols and vehicle hacking protection. Laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Vehicle networks
  2. Multiplexing
  3. Vehicle security
  4. Network diagnosing
  5. Vehicle hacking
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Properly diagnose network communication faults.
  2. Explain CAN BUS networks.
  3. Properly program various modules on a vehicle.
  4. Demonstrate competency using scan tools and other vehicle communication software.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Measurable objectives will be evaluated by the instructor based on accuracy and proficiency and completion of assigned tasks. Homework, class participation, lab activities, quizzes and tests will be used as criteria to assign the student’s final earned grade for this class.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Students must take notes on demonstrations, carefully read and analyze assigned course materials and perform exercises to determine their competence in servicing modern computerized engine management, emission control and OBD II systems. 


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date