CRN: 70880

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

    Course Topics
    Taking a Computer Apart and Putting It Back Together  Week 1 Quiz; Lab; Discussion Board

    Week 1 Objectives

    • Disassemble and reassemble a desktop computer safely while being able to identify various external ports and major components inside a desktop and describe how they connect together and are compatible. You’ll be able to identify various tools you will need as a computer hardware technician.

    • Disassemble and reassemble a laptop computer safely while being able to identify various external ports and slots and major internal components of a laptop. You will know what special concerns need to be considered when supporting and maintaining laptops. 

    All About Motherboards  Week 2 Quiz; Lab; Discussion Board

    Week 2 Objectives

    • Describe and contrast various types and features of motherboards

    • Configure a motherboard using BIOS/UEFI firmware

    • Maintain a motherboard by updating drivers and firmware, using jumpers to clear BIOS/UEFI settings, and replacing the CMOS battery

    • Select, install, and replace a desktop motherboard or laptop system board 

    Supporting Processors and Upgrading Memory  Week 3 Quiz; Lab; Project; Discussion Board

    Week 3 Objectives

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

    • Select, 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 4 Quiz; Lab; Discussion Board

    Week 4 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 

    Supporting Hard Drives and Other Storage Devices  Week 5 Quiz; Lab; Discussion Board

    Week 5 Objectives

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

    • Select, install and support a hard drive

    • Support optical drives, solid-state storage, and flash memory devices

    • Troubleshoot hard drives 

    Supporting I/O Devices  Week 7 Quiz; Lab; Discussion Board

    Week 7 Objectives

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

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

    • Install and configure adapter cards

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

    • Troubleshoot common problems with I/O devices 

    Setting Up a Local Network  Week 8 Quiz; Lab; Discussion Board

    Week 8 Objectives

    • Describe network types and the Internet connections they use

    • Connect a computer to a network

    • Configure and secure a multifunction router on a local network

    • Troubleshoot network connections using the command line 

    Network Infrastructure and Troubleshooting  Week 9 Quiz; Lab; Discussion Board

    Week 9 Objectives

    • Explain the TCP/IP Protocols and standards Windows uses for networking

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

    • Set up and troubleshoot the wiring in a small network

    • Troubleshoot network connectivity problems caused by firmware, operating systems, and applications 

    10  Supporting Mobile Devices  Week 10 Quiz; Project; Discussion Board

    Week 10 Objectives

    • Describe various types of mobile devices

    • Identify and use significant features of Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and Chrome OS mobile operating systems

    • Configure wired and wireless connections on mobile devices

    • Synchronize and secure content on mobile devices

    • Install and configure IoT devices

    • Troubleshoot common problems with mobile devices 

    11  Safety Procedures and Environmental Concerns  Week 11 Quiz; Project; Discussion Board

    Week 11 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 

    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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