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National Park, AR · Technical and Professional · Marine Repair Technology

2 & 4 Cycle Lab

  • 3 Credits
  • 08/24/2020 to 12/21/2020
  • Modified 08/27/2020

Class Information

  • Class Days:  M,W,F
  • Class Time: 12-2:30 pm
  • Class Location: Marine
  • Class Format:  Web-Enhanced

Course Description

Practical application lab for  MAR 1303 - 2 & 4 Cycle Theory class. Students will have hands on training in disassembly of 2 and 4 cycle engines.

ACTS Equivalent:  None

Pre or Corequisite:  MAR 1213 Introduction to Marine Repair 

Corequisite:  MAR 1303 - 2 & 4 Cycle Theory

Next Course in Sequence:  None


General Education Purpose and Objectives


National Park College (NPC) is committed to its mission statement, "Learning is our focus, student success is our goal."  NPC is dedicated to helping all students develop as communicators, critical thinkers, and professionals who behave ethically and recognize the diversity of the world around them. The General Education Objectives are designed to be an integral component of all courses at NPC.

General Education Objectives (GEO)

It is the expectation that upon successful completion of a certificate or degree program at National Park College, the student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
  2. Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  4. Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.

Marine Repair Program Purpose and Objectives


The program covers all facets of the marine repair industry including engine repair and service and off-season boat maintenance. Students are prepared for employment as entry-level repair technicians. Opportunities are available in the repair and service field with national and local dealerships, dealership management, marine sales or as an independent service provider.

The Marine Technology program is the only one of its kind in the state of Arkansas and only one of a handful in the country.

Program Level Objectives (PLO):

Students who successfully complete the program of study in Marine Repair will be able to:

  1. Troubleshoot a wide variety of problems common to the marine service industry effectively and efficiently using the resources available. (GEO 2, 3)
  2. Research using the internet, manuals, and other appropriate sources to find needed information for specific problems relating to the marine technology industry. (GEO 2, 3)
  3. Demonstrate work ethics and interpersonal skills congruent to marine industry standards. (GEO 1, 3, 4)
  4. Evaluate safe, ethical, and environmentally sound work procedures for the marine shop setting. (GEO 2, 3, 4)
  5. Employ proper marine shop repair procedures. (GEO 3)

Course Level Objectives (CLO)

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Create a model engine design given specific criteria. (PLO 2, 5)
  2. Explain the differences and similarities of 2 and 4 stroke engines using actual engines as a resource. (PLO 2)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to adjust the valve train of an engine given the specifications and procedures.  (PLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Required and Recommended Materials

Required Textbook:

   Title of Textbook:  Introduction to Outboard Systems

Recommended Materials:  Computer with web cam and microphone, face shield, hand sanitizer 

Course Activities

To accommodate different learning styles, I will employ a variety of teaching methods in this course. Instructional methods may include video lecture, discussion, peer review/feedback, individual research, a final project, and self-assessments.

Interactive Activities (Discussions, Group Work, etc.)
You will be given the opportunity to interact with one another in a variety of ways. These will include such methods as discussion board postings, peer review/feedback, and other methods as appropriate. It is very important students take advantage of the interactive activities provided.

Self-check, Practice, Reflection
There will be a variety of self-assessment activities provided during the semester. These will be automatically graded and you will have the opportunity to revisit the assessment as often as you wish

Grading Policy

At the end of the course, the overall numerical grade will be converted from a numerical scale to the following letter grade scale as indicated in the Grading Scale.

Your grade this semester will come from a variety of activities as shown in the table at the right. A brief description of each is provided here:
• Self-Assessment Activities: Self-assessment activities will take the form of quizzes in D2L. They serve to allow you to test your knowledge of the material and may be taken as often as you like. Your highest scores will be recorded.
• Discussion Board Postings: Discussion board postings will provide you with the opportunity to post your thoughts and defend those thoughts by referencing the readings and scholarly literature. Discussion board postings will take place each week. Rubrics will be provided to guide you in writing your posts.
• Tests: Tests will be given at the end of each unit. A review will be given in class a week prior to all tests. A comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of the semester.
• Work Ethic: Work ethic is a major part of your grade. A separate hand out will be given in class that illustrates the requirements for work ethic



Grade Breakdown



Subject to change







        ([email protected] pts. each)










Work Ethic







Grading Scale

Final Grade

Point Range




90 – 100%



80 – 89%



70 – 79%



60 – 69%



Below 60%


Unit 1 The Marine Engine

  • Identify types of marine engines (CLO 1,2)
  • Identify the sections of a marine engine (CLO 1,2,4)
  • State the sequence of the internal combustion engine for 2 and 4 stroke engines (CLO 1,2,3,4)

Unit 2 The 2 stroke powerhead

  • Identify the components of a 2 stroke engine (CLO 1, 2)
  • Identify special tools needed for 2 stroke engine repair (CLO 3)
  • State the advantages and disadvantages of a 2 stroke engine (CLO 1,2,3,4)

Unit 3 The mid-section

  • Identify the components of the mid-section (CLO1,4)
  • Identify special tools needed for mid-section repair (CLO3)
  • Label the lubrication points of the mid-section with 100% accuracy (CLO 1,3)

Unit 4 The lower Unit

  • Identify the components of the lower unit (CLO 1,2,3,4)
  • Calculate the gear ratio given a specific gear set (CLO 1,2,3,4)
  • State lubrication requirements for specific lower units with 100% accuracy (CLO 1,3)

Unit 5 The 4 stroke powerhead

  • Identify the components of a 4 stroke engine (CLO 1, 2)
  • Identify special tools needed for 4 stroke engine repair (CLO 3)
  • State the advantages and disadvantages of a 4 stroke engine (CLO 1,2,3,4)

Course Policies

Time and Effort Commitment: The key to success in this class is persistent effort. You should carefully consider your time obligations before committing to this course. The general suggestion for all college courses of 2 hours work per week outside class for every hour credited applies to this course. (You should expect 6 hours of homework a week for a 3-credit course) plus the 3 hours you would normally be attending class for a total of 9 hours.


Late and Make-up Work
Due dates are provided in the schedule. No late work will be accepted.

Extra Credit
No extra credit opportunities are provided in this course. Because of the mastery learning nature of the course, there should be no need for extra credit if you take advantage of opportunities to improve on your work.


I will typically respond within:

24 hours, Monday-Friday, to messages or emails.
48 hours, Monday-Friday, with grades and feedback for graded work that is submitted on time.
72 hours, Monday-Friday, with feedback for work that is submitted late. I do not accept late work for a grade, but it is important that you complete all assignments, so I will give you feedback even if you do not receive a grade for an assignment.

NPC Policies

Board Policy 6.600 -- NPC Attendance Policy

Instructions to Students regarding attendance:

  1. Students are responsible to know and comply with syllabus attendance and coursework guidelines in each of their courses.
  2. Students are expected to meet all attendance requirements and engage in coursework as outlined in the course syllabus. Failure to maintain satisfactory course participation is the equivalent of excessive absenteeism and may result in the student being dropped. To maintain good-standing in online courses, students are expected to submit assigned coursework in a timely manner per instructor requirements.
  3. Students participating in athletics or a college-sponsored extracurricular activity are required to communicate scheduled absences ahead of time and to make arrangements with their instructors regarding missed coursework, including exams. The instructor determines how academic work associated with a college-sponsored absence(s) can be completed by the student.
  4. Failure to meet a course’s attendance policy does not mean a student will be automatically withdrawn from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from a course should do so either online through the student’s account or in person by visiting Student Affairs.
  5. Students who do not withdraw from a course by the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date will receive an earned grade.
  6. A faculty member may administratively withdraw a student from a course, including online courses, any time during the semester up to the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date if attendance does not meet syllabus guidelines.
  7. Students will not be administratively withdrawn by faculty after the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date except in life-changing circumstances or as a result of military orders.
  8. The withdrawal of a student from all courses may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received as calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with government grant guidelines.
  9. Only in extraordinary circumstances may a student earn a grade of IP (In Progress) to defer course completion. Please see the Incomplete Grades policy in the Student Handbook located at

The full attendance policy is available by clicking on this link to the Board Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

National Park College considers honesty and integrity as essential qualities of any learning institution. The faculty and staff strive to live up to these qualities in all aspects of their lives and encourage their students to do the same. Integrity and moral values will carry over in to their professional lives and careers. NPC’s goal is to successfully prepare all students for their futures and equip them to handle whatever challenges they may face; therefore, NPC considers academic dishonesty as unacceptable.

Any NPC students who display dishonesty in their behavior while attending classes at NPC will be subject to disciplinary action to help the student first and foremost, but to also protect the rights, dignity, and property of others while maintaining an environment that fosters success and learning.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations may range from receiving an “F” on the assignment in question up to permanent removal from the College.

  1. Technology manipulation
  2. Collusion
  3. Deception
  4. Misrepresentation and Lying
  5. Cheating
  6. Plagiarism
  7. Fabrication and Falsification
  8. Stealing, Defacing, and Destruction of Property

Please take time to read the entire policy, which can be found by clicking on this link to the Academic Honesty Policy.

LMS Policy

Brightspace by Desire to Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system (LMS) for the College. All students are expected to complete the LMS Student Training prior to the first day of class during their first semester here. Below you will find various policies relating to the LMS.

Privacy Policy:  Links to the privacy policies for all external tools used in the course are provided in the LMS. You can find the various privacy policies by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Accessibility Statement:  Links to the accessibility statements for all technologies required in the course are provided in LMS. You can find the various accessibility statements by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Netiquette Policy:  The netiquette policy for this course is located in your course in the LMS. You can find the Netiquette policies by clicking on the Netiquette Link by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Flexibility Clause:  The aforementioned requirements, assignments, policies, evaluation procedures, etc., are subject to change. Learners’ experiences and needs, as well as emerging knowledge, will be considered in modifying this course syllabus.

ADA Statement

National Park College (NPC) believes in providing equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. It is our goal to ensure equal and comprehensive access to College programs, services, and campus facilities. It is the policy of NPC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College. National Park College’s ADA statement may be accessed by clicking on this link to ADA statement.

The Disability Services office is located in Room 240 of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center Building. You are also welcome to call us at (501) 760-4227 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Students with disabilities should visit our website using this link to disability services for more information.

Student Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides tutoring and other resources to help students succeed. Visit our webpage at this link to the Academic Success Center.

Computer Services Department

The Computer Services Department provides computing resources for students including password resets. Visit our webpage at this link to the Computer Services Department.

NPC Library

The NPC Library provides a wide variety of services to students. Visit the NPC Library website.

LMS Support

Support for the LMS is available through NPC Online by email to [email protected], phone at 501-760-4292, or visit Charlotte Phelps Room 204.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides test support for students and faculty. To learn more about the testing center visit our webpage at Testing Center.

Class Schedule

The schedule for this course will be made available in the LMS.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as the semester progresses.

Course Evaluations

Students will be asked to evaluate their instructor and course near the end of the semester. These student evaluations are very important to the improvement in the quality of instruction and course materials. All results are anonymous and shared with the faculty only after the semester is over and grades have been posted.

Legal Disclaimer

The schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. The instructor will always inform the students of any changes in a timely manner.

In the event of a community crisis the college reserves the right to change the mode of instruction for any or all classes.