CRN: 20993

Credits : 4


This course introduces the basic components of a computer, how they are organized, and how they work together under the control of an operating system. Course activities include simulation hardware labs, online research of hardware topics, and discussion of hardware design. This course will introduce the student to basic microcomputer hardware components and will familiarize the student with methods of troubleshooting strategies and maintaining computers. Students will examine theoretical concepts underlying hardware functions, preventative maintenance techniques, safety precautions, system procurement, and upgrades. There will also be some discussion of networking and software as it pertains to hardware functionality. This course will provide a basic foundation for the A+ Certification.

Goals and Objectives

Upon finishing this course, the student will have a firm understanding of the following:


  • The physical structure of the personal computer
  • The functioning of the various personal computer components
  • How to troubleshoot personal computer hardware
  • How to add additional accessories to a personal computer

  • AIT107  Computer Applications
  • AIT111  AC/DC Electrical Circuits

    Course Materials
    Required Books and Materials
    • Book - A+ Guide to Hardward 9th Ed (ISBN: 9781305266452), 9th Edition
    • Software - PC Pro A+ LabSim (ISBN: 9781935080428)
    Optional Books and Materials


    Required materials sent to you after the beginning of class


    Course Topics
    First Look at Computer Parts and Tools  Week 1 Quiz;

    Week 1 Objectives

    • Identify the various parts inside a desktop computer case and describe how they connect together and are compatible

    • Identify the various ports, slots, and internal components of a laptop computer and explain special concerns when supporting and maintaining laptops

    • Describe various hardware components in mobile devices and types of wired and wireless connections mobile devices can make

    • Describe the purpose of various tools you will need as a computer hardware technician 

    Working Inside Desktop Computers and Laptops  Week 2 Quiz

    Week 2 Objectives

    • Take apart a desktop computer and put it back together

    • Explain the special considerations when supporting laptop computers that are different than supporting desktop computers

    • Take apart a laptop computer and put it back together 

    All about Motherboards  Week 3 Quiz

    Week 3 Objectives

    • Describe and contrast various types and features of motherboards

    • Configure a motherboard using BIOS or UEFI firmware

    • Maintain a motherboard, including updating drivers, flashing UEFI/BIOS, and replacing the CMOS battery

    • Select, install, and replace a motherboard 

    Supporting Processors and Upgrading Memory  Week 4 Quiz

    Week 4 Objectives

    • Compare characteristics and purposes of Intel and AMD processors used for personal computers

    • Install and upgrade a processor

    • Compare the different kinds of physical memory and how they work

    • Upgrade memory 

    Supporting the Power System and Troubleshooting Computers  Week 5 Quiz

    Week 5 Objectives

    • Describe the methods and devices for keeping a system cool

    • Select a power supply to meet the power needs of a system

    • Demonstrate an organized approach to solving any computer problem, especially hardware problems occurring during the boot

    • Troubleshoot problems with the electrical system

    • Troubleshoot problems with the motherboard, processor, and RAM

    • Troubleshoot hardware problems with mobile devices 

    Supporting Hard Drives and Other Storage Devices  Week 7 Quiz

    Week 7 Objectives

    • Discuss technologies used inside a hard drive and how a computer communicates with a hard drive

    • Install and support a hard drive

    • Identify tape drives and tape cartridges

    • Support optical drives and flash memory devices

    • Troubleshoot hard drives 

    Supporting I/O and Storage Devices  Week 8 Quiz

    Week 8 Objectives

    • Describe the general approach technicians use to install and support I/O devices

    • Install and configure several I/O devices, such as barcode readers, biometric devices, digital cameras, webcams, graphic tablets, and touch screens

    • Install and configure adapter cards

    • Support the video subsystem, including selecting a monitor and video card and supporting dual monitors and video memory

    • Troubleshoot common problems with I/O devices 

    Safety Procedures and Environmental Concerns  Research Projects

    Week 9 Objectives

    • Learn how to protect yourself and the equipment against the dangers of electricity when working inside a computer case

    • Learn about safety precautions when working around computer equipment

    • Learn about protecting a computer and the environment 

    10  Supporting Network Hardware  Week 10 Quiz

    Week 10 Objectives

    • Describe network types and the Internet connections they use

    • Identify, compare, and contrast hardware used to build local networks

    • Set up and troubleshoot the wiring in a small network 

    11  Supporting Printers  Week 11 Quiz & Project

    Week 11 Objectives

    • Discuss printer types and features

    • Install printers and manage printer features, add-on devices, and the printer queue

    • Perform routine maintenance tasks necessary to support printers

    • Troubleshoot printer problems

    • Customize a computer system to meet customer needs 

    12  Final Exam  FINAL EXAM 

    Proctor Information

    Please note that this course requires a proctor. You can read more about the proctoring program and steps needed to obtain an approved proctor by clicking on this link:  Proctoring Program. 


    There will be a maximum of two proctored examinations for this course. Specific details will be provided once classes begin.

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