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NET 120 - Computer Hardware Basics OL

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech


Introduces the operation of a modern personal computer from a hardware point of view. Students learn about the basic components of a computer and develop troubleshooting skills for advanced courses. Some of the areas covered include system boards, storage drives, memory and power supplies. In addition, some software topics, such as operating systems, are presented.  The material covered in this course is in preparation for the COMPTIA A+ certification test or PC PRO certification course.
Competencies
  1. Distinguish the most common devices inside a computer.
    1. Contrast RAM, CPU and RAM caching
    2. Identify processor types
    3. Describe RAM function and features
    4. Identify the types and configuration of a RAM
    5. Show how to properly install RAM
    6. Discuss RAM access speeds 
  2. Differentiate motherboards and BIOS
    1. Describe the functions of BIOS/UEFI
    2. Configure CMOS settings
    3. Identify different motherboard form factors
    4. Understand the operation of an external data bus
  3. Compare the standards of PC compatible power supplies
    1. Understand the safety concerns on working with power supplies
    2. Select the different power supply connectors and their function
    3. Identify the concern over electro-static discharge
    4. Discuss the need for surge suppressors
  4. Explain the feature and use of hard drives
    1. Identify the various types of hard drives
    2. Learn how to install a hard drive
    3. Discuss partitioning and formatting  
  5. Evaluate the different components that make sound work in a computer
    1. Identify the different components for sound
    2. Fix common sound issues
  6. Explain the function of a video card
    1. Describe the components that make the video work.
    2. Learn about refresh rates
    3. Discuss video resolution
  7. Outline the issues that differentiate mobile devices from desktops
    1. Classify mobile devices
    2. Summarize the impact on business integration 
  8. Evaluate the different types of printers in use today
    1. Examine the operation of a laser printer
    2. Perform basic printer repair
    3. Describe how a inkjet printer works
  9. Assess common operating systems utilized in business and home
    1. Install current versions of MS Windows
    2. Create user account with different privileges
    3. Troubleshoot operating system issues
  10. Explain networking standards and concepts
    1. Discuss basic typologies
    2. Discuss networking devices
    3. Discuss addressing and sub netting 

 



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