Course Information

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  Course:      CIS 120 - IT Essentials  
  Catalog Desc:  
(No prerequisite.) This course introduces computer hardware and software as well as operating systems, networking concepts, mobile devices, IT security, and troubleshooting. The online course materials assist students in developing the skills necessary to work as a technician in the field of IT. Preparation for CompTIA's A+ certification exam is included. (CSU)
  Expected Outcomes:  
1. Assemble components based on customer requirements.
2. Install, configure and maintain devices, PCs and software for end users.
3. Demonstrate the basics of networking and security.
4. Diagnose, resolve and document common hardware and software issues.
5. Demonstrate the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment.
  Critical Thinking:  
Students will be presented with both conceptual and physical 
problems to solve though active integration of ideas presented in 
the class as well as attempt to predict new relationships and 
consequences of activities and ideas. 
Create and document proper methods of installation based on 
logical evaluation of procedures presented in lectures. 

- Analyze the troubleshoot processes for initial description to 
final solution. 

- Predict outcomes of new configurations attempted through testing 
and reconfiguration.
  Lecture Content:  
The Lecture topics below (Sub Categories provided below are examples and not intended to 
be an complete list)
1) Introduction to the Personal Computer
   Skills Review
   Computers role in society
   Hardware & Software Classification Definition
   Primary Computer Components Definitions
2) Lab Procedures and Tool Use
   Job Opportunities
   Ohm's Law
   Research Computer Components
   Diagnostic Software
3) Computer Assembly
   Computer disassembly
   Installing a Power Supply
   Installing Drives
   Installing Adapter Cards
4) Overview of Preventive Maintenance and the Trouble-shooting Model 
   Operating System Requirements & Installation Procedures
   Device Drivers and Operating System Updates
   Microsoft technet site
   Cleaning up the desktop
5) Operating System Installation
   Installation of a Operating System
   BIOS file search
   Working with RAM and Virtual Memory
   Installing Applications
6) Windows Configuration and Management
   Install Virtual PC
   Data Migration
   Oracle's Virtual Box
   Install and configure Browsers & Acrobat Reader
7) Network Concepts
   The Network Interface Controller
   Connectivity Devices - Routers & Switches
   Network Connectivity & Cabling
8) Applied Networking
   Build a Network patch cable
   Configure a NIC for DHCP
   Packet Tracer Lab- Build a simple Network
   Packet Tracer Lab - Add Computers to a Network
9) Laptops and Mobile Devices
   Using Disk Imaging Software
   Tablet Comparison
   Information transfer from Mobile Devices
   Laptop Batteries
   Laptop RAM
10) Mobile, Linux, and OSX Operating Systems
   Trouble shooting Mobile Devices
   Install Linux on a Partition
   Working with multiple Hard Drives
11) Printers
   Install a Printer on a computer
   Share a Printer on a LAN
   Install a scanner and scan an image
   Install a TCP/IP port printer
12) Security
   Configure Operating System for Local Security
   Packet Tracer Lab - Configure Wireless Security
   Configure a Firewall
13) The IT Professional
   Technician Resources
   Perform an Operating System Upgrade
   Research Practice Exams for Certification
14) Advanced Trouble-shooting
   Performing assessments on sample computer problem scenarios
   Documentation for complex solutions 
15)Getting Ready for the CompTIA A+ Certification Test
   Taking sample tests
   Working with flash cards & other memory exercises
  Lab Content:  
Using online resources

The lab topics below provide a wide array of learning opportunities: 
1) Familiarization with PC Components
2) Computer Dis-assembly & Re-assembly 
3) Install a PC Operating System
4) Install applications & Virtual Operating Systems
5) PC Configuration (Task Manager, User Accounts, Virtual Memory, etc)
6) Backup and Restore
7) Cisco Packet Tracer (Simulation Environment) Networking labs
8) Setting up a simple Network & using DHCP
9) Using the Remote Desktop
10) Configuring Wireless Routers
11) Working with Laptops
12) Troubleshooting Mobile Devices
13) Hard Drive Repair
14) Installing Printers
15) Configuring Local Security, Firewall, Backup
16) Upgrading the computer