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IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software

 

IT Essentials is a 70-hour theory and practice curriculum.  This course is taught in one intensive semester which lasts 3 months or in one academic year which lasts 9 months. The courses are implemented once per week for 3 hours per time. 

*Days / Hours: Friday, 6:00pn-9:00pm

* Subject to change

PC Hardware and Software v4.0, covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Students will also be able to connect to the Internet and share resources in a network environment. New topics included in this version include laptops and portable devices, wireless connectivity, security, safety and environmental issues, and communication skills.

Target Audience

PC Hardware and Software v4.0 is intended for students in upper secondary schools, technical schools, community colleges, or four-year institutions who want to pursue careers in IT and gain working knowledge of how computers work, how to assemble computers, and how to troubleshoot hardware and software issues.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Curriculum Goals and Objectives

The primary objective of this course is to prepare students for entry-level positions in the IT field within several different working environments.
 
In addition, students sill gain confidence with the components of desktop and laptop computers by learning the proper procedures for hardware and software installations, upgrade and troubleshooting.

By the end of this course, students will be able to complete the following objectives:

  • Define Information Technology (IT) and describe the components of a personal computer
  • Protect herself of himself against accidents and injury, protect equipment from damage, protect data from loss, and protect the environment from contamination
  • Perform a step by step assembly of a desktop computer tower
  • Explain the purpose of preventive maintenance and identify the elements of the troubleshooting process
  • Explain, install, and navigate an operating system; upgrade components based on customer needs and perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Describe, remove and replace select components of a laptop; upgrade components based on customer needs and perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Describe, remove and select components of a printer/scanner; perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Describe and install a network; upgrade components based on customer needs and perform preventing maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Perform advanced installation of a desktop computer tower; select components based on customer needs and perform preventing maintenance
  • Upgrade security components based on customer needs and perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Apply good communication skills and professional behavior while working with customers


Curriculum Outline

PC Hardware and Software Course
This course provides an excellent introduction to the IT industry and in-depth exposure to personal computers, hardware, and operating systems. Students learn the functionality of various hardware and software components and best practices in maintenance and safely issues. Through hands-on lab activities, students learn how to assemble and configure computers, install operating systems and software, and troubleshoot hardware and software problems.

Part 1: Fundamentals

  1. Introduction to the Personal Computer
  2. Safe Lab Procedure and Tool Use
  3. Computer Assembly Step-by-Step
  4. Basics of Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  5. Operating Systems
  6. Laptops and Portable Devices
  7. Printers and Scanners
  8. Network
  9. Security
  10. Communication Skills

Part 2: Advanced

  1. Personal Computers
  2. Operating Systems
  3. Laptops and Portable Devices
  4. Printers and Scanners
  5. Networks
  6. Security
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