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PC Hardware

PC Hardware is a study of the basic assembly, maintenance, and repair of microcomputer systems. This course consists of five units of 26 lessons plus two sessions of practice exams. Corresponding labs activities and written homework assignments are provided. Hardware-oriented topics covered include subcomponents, such as system board, video, memory, storage, multimedia, networking, and printers. The course will cover installation of expansion cards/devices and drivers for Windows operating systems. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be partially prepared to take the CompTIA A+ 220-801 certification exam. 

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No Cyber Technology courses are required as prerequisites. A basic understanding of electronics is helpful but not necessary. 

Pedagogical Approach

None

Learning Outcomes

  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot hardware.
  • Describe the components of the motherboard and their functionality.
  • Demonstrate steps required for custom configuration of components. 
  • Install and configure laptop hardware and components.
  • Install, configure, and identify printers.
  • Identify various types of networks, tools, and devices.
  • Explain characteristics of common ports and protocols.
  • Install, configure, and deploy wireless networks. 
  • Explain the safety, legal, professional, and environmental impact of operational procedures.

Assessment

There will be unit exams worth a total of 30% of the final grade. Unit exams will be a combination of constructed response and free response questions that are typical of the certification exam.

Unit 1: PC Hardware

Unit 2: Networking, Security, and Forensics

Unit 3: Notebooks

Unit 4: Printers

Unit 5: Operational Procedures

Final Exam

There will be a comprehensive final exam worth 40% of the final grade. 

Attendance

Students must arrive to class on time and prepared. Attendance will be worth 10% of the final grade.

Class Participation

Class participation is important and will be worth 10% of the final grade.

Homework

End of chapter review questions will be completed after each lesson and will be worth 10% of the final grade. 

Other Information

None