10154104A+ Hardware Essentials
This course presents a comprehensive overview of computer system fundamentals. Through hands-on activities and labs, students gain skills in assembling, configuring and maintaining PCs and operating system software. Participants learn to apply troubleshooting skills to properly diagnose and resolve common hardware and software problems. This course can help prepare students for CompTIA’s A+ 220-1001 exam. CompTIA’s A+ certification is a widely accepted IT industry standard certification for an entry-level IT PC support professional.
Prior Learning Assessment
- Exam-College Developed Challenge Exam
Perform hardware diagnostics, installation, configuration, maintenance and troubleshootingAssessment StrategiesVirtual lab assignments, written exam, skill demonstration with hands on labsCriteriaInvestigate and configure settings with BIOS/UEFI tools on a PCPerform diagnostics on motherboardPerform diagnostics on RAMDemonstrate skill to install and configure PC expansion cardsPerform installation and configuration of storage devicesExplore types of CPUs and appropriate cooling methodsInvestigate Windows PC connections interfaces, their characteristics, and purposeMeasure power supply with multimeterIdentify common PC connector types and associate cablesPerform installation and configuration of common peripheral devicesPerform installation of devices/printers and configure appropriate settingsPerform appropriate printer maintenance
Explore network architecture devices, their functions, and featuresAssessment StrategiesVirtual lab assignments, written exam, skill demonstration with hands on labsCriteriaIdentify various types of network cables and connectorsCompare and contrast the characteristics of connectors and cablingTroubleshoot and explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purposeCompare and contrast various Wi-Fi networking standards and encryption typesExplore Internet connection types, network types, and their featuresExplore network architecture devices, their functions, and features
Explore characteristics and troubleshooting process related to various types of other mobile devicesAssessment StrategiesVirtual lab assignments, written exam, skill demonstration with hands on labsCriteriaPerform installation and configuration of laptop hardware and componentsExplore function of components within the display of a laptop in order to troubleshoot issuesExplore characteristics and troubleshooting process related to various types of other mobile devicesInvestigate accessories and ports of other mobile devices and how that helps troubleshooting process
Perform hardware and network troubleshootingAssessment StrategiesVirtual lab assignments, written exam, skill demonstration with hands on labsCriteriaTroubleshoot common problems related to motherboards, RAM CPU and power with appropriate toolsTroubleshoot common video, and display issuesTroubleshoot and repair common mobile device issues while adhering to appropriate proceduresTroubleshoot printers with appropriate tools