Course Syllabus: Driver Education
Instructor Information: Shane Burcar (480) 231-9056
Resources • Drive Right Textbook • Rules of the Road Booklet • Driving Simulator
Goal: To prepare students with the information and skill necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Apply traffic laws and the Rules of the Road to various roadway situations and conditions.
2. Develop the essential decision making skills for safe operation of a motor vehicle.
3. Describe general performance capabilities of motor vehicles as well as physical and natural factors that affect vehicle control systems.
4. Describe the legal and moral responsibilities for a person involved in a traffic crash situation, the financial responsibility law and minimum insurance coverage.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the D.U.I. laws to assure students make appropriate decisions in regard to the use of alcohol and other drugs before operating or riding in a motor vehicle.
6. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of operations, skills, and laws pertaining to motorcycle usage and their impact on automobile traffic.
7. Demonstrate skill and competency in performing basic maneuvers in operation of a motor vehicle under actual driving conditions.
8. Develop an understanding of basic car care.
9. Understand how to negotiate all kinds of intersections.
Specific Course Activities Students will:
1. Participate in 15 driving lessons.
2. Be able to apply the Rules of the Road, textbook readings, and handouts to behind the wheel situations.
3. Student and Parent will successfully undertand MPS Behind the Wheel Packet.
4. Participate in class discussions.
Grading Criteria Students will receive a letter grade for the class. Driver’s Education is considered an elective. Behind‐ the‐wheel phase will include a separate certificate once BTW is completed.
Grading Scale Classroom: A= 99‐90, B= 89‐80, C= 79‐70, D= 69‐60, Less then 59.9%= F
Standard Testing: There will be twelve to eighteen Chapter tests given in the classroom setting.
Each test is worth 100 points. Simulator drives will be worth 100 points.
The final exam is a cumulative of all chapter tests and is worth a possible one hundred points.
Extra credit assignments are NOT available to students. (Some circumstances- maybe)
Makeup & Late Policy: All missing work can be made up for partial credit.
Classroom Expectations & Options
1. Obtain an Arizona instructor permit and hold for a total of six months. (Must be 15 years 6 months to obtain a permit)
2. Get an Arizona Driver’s License.
3. Receive a certificate at the completion of the semester.
*To receive a certificate at the end of the semester the student must earn an A/B in class and have 9 or under absences.
4. Complete 6 hours behind the wheel instruction (optional at the end of the semester for $225)
5. Become a safe responsibly, low risk driver.
Tips for Success Students need to have a good overall attitude. Specifically for the behind the wheel phase, be sure to practice as much as possible.
Note: Students are offered extra help during the school day upon request.