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ELT 652 - Computer Repair & Networking

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 4
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course is designed for the student who is already proficient with computers and electronic circuitry. The course follows the recommendations of CompTIA on the subjects and materials needed to assist the student in learning about computer hardware and the functions needed to pass the A Plus exam. A detailed study and hands-on lab component give students the opportunity to install and troubleshoot computer and networking hardware.
Competencies
  1. Identify the basic components of a computer.
    1. List the various connectors on a computer.
    2. Recognize the most common devise inside a computer.
    3. Show how to set jumpers and switches.
  2. Discuss the features of microprocessors.
    1. Describe buses and their functions.
    2. Understand clock speed.
    3. Contrast RAM, CPU and RAM caching.
    4. Install a processor.
    5. Identify processor types.
  3. Describe RAM function and features.
    1. Identify the types and configuration of a RAM.
    2. Show how to properly install RAM.
    3. Discuss RAM access speeds.
  4. Describe Motherboard, BIOS and Operating System functions.
    1. Describe the functions of BIOS.
    2. Configure CMOS settings.
    3. Identify different motherboard form factors.
    4. Describe the function of the chipset.
    5. Describe the function of the OS as it relates to hardware, users and software.
    6. Describe the function of drivers.
  5. Understand the operation of an external data bus.
    1. Discuss how IROs work.
    2. Describe how DMAs work.
    3. List the different types of expansion buses.
    4. Describe how COM and LPT ports work.
    5. Discuss the use of usb, firewire and similar external bus types.
  6. Describe the standards of PC compatible power supplies.
    1. Understand the safety concerns on working with power supplies.
    2. Inspect the different power supply connectors and their function.
    3. Identify the concern over electro-static discharge.
    4. Discuss surge suppressors and UPS systems.
  7. Explain the feature and use of hard drives.
    1. Understand the concept of geometry.
    2. Identify the various types of hard drives.
    3. Learn how to install a hard drive.
    4. Discuss partitioning and formatting.
    5. Describe SCSI, IDE, PATA, SATA.
    6. Compare the use and characteristics of each.
  8. Describe removable media drives and drive types.
    1. Learn about the different types of CD, DVD media.
    2. Learn about external drive types.
    3. Describe solid state devices.
    4. Install a CD/DVD drive.
    5. Install external drives.
  9. Discuss the different components that are used in a computer.
    1. Identify the different types of sounds.
    2. Install sound cards.
    3. Fix common sound card problems.
    4. Describe the components that make the video work.
    5. Learn about refresh rates.
    6. Discuss video resolution.
    7. Discuss common monitor types.
    8. Discuss cameras, video capture, touchscreen, and data acquisition.
  10. Discuss the issues that differentiate portable PCs from desktops.
    1. Describe the different battery types used in portables.
    2. Explain power management.
    3. Discuss personal devices.
  11. Understand Computer Maintenance.
    1. Identify and resolve hardware and operating system problems.
    2. Understand antivirus software and firewalls.
    3. Understand operating system and software updates.
    4. Discuss data backup methods and strategies.
  12. Describe Network hardware and cabling.
    1. Learn the basics of network cabling.
    2. Identify and understand common network hardware.
    3. Learn common network and software protocols.
    4. Troubleshoot network connectivity problems.
  13. Discuss Network configuration.
    1. Understand IP addressing and subnets.
    2. Learn how to setup a network card or adapter.
    3. Understand Microsoft OS use of networking.
    4. Describe Client/Server networks.
    5. Describe SOHO networks.
    6. Describe peer to peer (ad hoc) networks.
  14. Describe Wireless networks.
    1. Describe the components of wireless network.
    2. Describe the features of a wireless network.
    3. Connect a computers and wireless devices to a wireless network.
    4. Describe data security methods for wireless networks.
    5. Setup a wireless network.
  15. Discuss other network types.
    1. Learn about additional network types in use.
    2. Describe features and limitations.



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