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PC Software

PC Software is a study of Windows operating systems, security and mobile devices, and troubleshooting theory and application. Topics include installation and maintenance of Windows operating systems; implementation of security features on microcomputer systems and mobile devices; installation and configuration of PC operating systems; and configuration and troubleshooting techniques for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be partially prepared to take the CompTIA A+ 220-802 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 perform preventative maintenance for microcomputer operating systems making use of GUI and command line tools.
  • Demonstrate setup and configuration of Windows networking on a client/desktop.
  • Explain the differences among basic operating system security settings.
  • Explain the basics of client-side virtualization.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of microcomputer security threats and prevention methods.
  • Secure wired and wireless SOHO networks.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of mobile devices, their security, and their interaction with desktop devices.
  • Configure email.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of troubleshooting theory and application using appropriate tools.

Assessment

Mid-Term Exam

There will be a mid-term exam worth 10% of the final grade.

Final Exam

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

Graded Assignments

Doing work outside of class is critical to success. Homework is graded and will be worth 30% of the final grade.

Attendance and Class Participation

Students are expected to be on-time and prepared. Regular class attendance is required and will be worth 10% of the final grade, and class participation will be worth 10% of the final grade.

Other Information

None