4 credit/unit hours – Four hours of lecture weekly; one term

This course explores PC and related hardware, mobile devices, networking concepts, and troubleshooting methodologies. This course is also intended for those preparing for the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) A+ certification exam Core 1 (220-1101).

Updated: November 6, 2022

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Identify the basic components of a microcomputer;
  • Identify basic procedures for managing storage;
  • Identify and install various memory types;
  • Identify proper procedures for installing and configuring peripheral devices;
  • Identify hardware methods of upgrading system performance and procedures for replacing basic subsystem components, and when to use them;
  • Identify common symptoms and problems associated with each subsystem and how to troubleshoot and isolate the problem;
  • Explain network infrastructure concepts;
  • Configure and troubleshoot network connections; and
  • Implement client-side virtualization

Main Topics

Lesson 1: Installing Motherboards and Connectors

Lesson 2: Installing System Devices

Lesson 3: Troubleshooting PC Hardware

Lesson 4: Comparing Local Networking Hardware

Lesson 5: Configuring Network Addressing and Internet Connections

Lesson 6: Supporting Network Services

Lesson 7: Summarizing Virtualization and Cloud Concepts

Lesson 8: Supporting Mobile Devices

Lesson 9: Supporting Print Devices