SRJC Course Outlines

12/8/2021 8:12:21 AMDET 191 Course Outline as of Spring 2007

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Discipline and Nbr:  DET 191Title:  ADV. ALTERNATIVE FUELS  
Full Title:  Advanced Alternative Fuels
Last Reviewed:4/3/2006

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.008 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:  AUTO 191

Catalog Description:
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This course will cover development, implementation, and repair procedures for alternative fuel motors currently being used for commercial applications. The course will focus on bio-diesel, methane, natural gas, and propane fuels. Course examines how motors that are adapted to operate using these fuels are being utilized in cities, farms, power generation facilities and freight environments.

Course Completion of DET 190 OR Course Completion of AUTO 190

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Implementation, development, and repair procedures for alternative fuel motors currently used for commercial applications in cities, power generation facilities, freight, and on farms. Emphasis on bio-diesel, methane, natural gas and propane fuels.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of DET 190 OR Course Completion of AUTO 190
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Critique the progress and limitations of current alternative fuel
2. Describe bio-diesel, natural gas, propane, and methane as fuel sources.
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of bio-diesel, natural gas, propane, and
methane for high compression diesel motors and fuel economy.
4. Compare the pros and cons of each alternative fuel with respect to a
variety of factors.
5. Evaluate the current fuel production infrastructure and propose
modifications that will make alternative fuel motors a viable, large-scale
6. Compare and contrast the levels of labor involved in converting an
existing motor technology for operation on natural gas vs. bio-diesel vs.
propane vs. methane.
7. Repair and maintain the alternative fuel motor.
8. Locate and interpret city, state, and federal regulations governing
alternative fuel application.
9. Fabricate alternative fuel system conversion components as the need for
innovation arises.
10. Locate and interpret reports on research and development performed by
other groups.

Topics and Scope
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1. Progress and Limitations of Alternative Fuels
 a. Current status
   1. Progress
   2. Limitations
 b. Benefits
   1. Reduced green house gases
     a. Are we achieving results with alternative fuel?
     b. Are sacrifices of current reliable infrastructure worth it?
   2. A finite fuel vs. an unlimited source
   3. Short term vs. permanent solutions
2. Mandated Alternative Fuels
 a. Natural gas
 b. Propane
 c. Methane
 d. Bio-diesel
3. Pros and Cons of Each Alternative Fuel: Natural Gas, Propane, Methane,
 a. Extra cost above base motor cost
 b. Horsepower
 c. Petroleum base vs. organic
 d. By-products
 e. Motor longevity
 f. Maintenance
 g. Ease of repair
 h. User friendliness
 i. Safety
 j. Reliability
 k. Emissions
4. Alternative Fuel Motor Support and Infrastructure
 a. Support
  1. Mechanics
  2. Warranty
 b. Infrastructure
  1. Fuel sources
  2. After-market sources
  3. Fuel shortages
  4. Local manufacturers
5. Intensity of Conversion (Natural Gas, Propane, Bio-diesel)
 a. Factory conversions
 b. Aftermarket conversions
 c. Original designs
 d. Component fabrication
 e. No conversions
6. Removal, Diagnosis, Repair, and Reinstallation
 a. Design study
 b. Failure analysis
 c. Upkeep
7. Research and Development
 a. The process
 b. Internet research on similar ideas

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Representative assignments:
1. Assigned readings, 10-40 pages per week.
2. Disassemble and reassemble alternative fuel modifications to pre-
existing diesel technology.
3. Disassemble defective methane-fueled engine components and inspect for
4. Diagnose, remove, repair and reinstall engine components.
5. Conduct library and Internet research and write a 3-5 page report on a
topic such as: city, county, and state mandates for low emissions; low
emission solutions in different locales; infrastructure to support
alternative fuel technologies; pros and cons of main alternative fuels.
6. Oral report on research findings.
7. Final performance exam: Diagnose and/or repair alternative fuel

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 40%
Research reports; R & D process description.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Diagnose and repair; component testing & eval.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials.
Designated web sites.

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