Course Description:

Students enter the world of computer technology and gain practical experience in assembling a computer system, installing an operating system, troubleshooting computers and peripherals, and using system tools and diagnostic software. They develop skills in computer networking and resource sharing. In addition, students explore the relationships between internal and external computer components. Emphasis is placed on customer service skills and career exploration. Upon successful completion of the course students may qualify to take the A+ certification exam.

Taught by: Mike Wizalcowski

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals

Classes after: Note students must attempt industry certifications in order to advance to the next class: Computer Networking Hardware Operations 1&2

Learning Targets: 

  • Introduction to the Personal Computer
  • Safe Lab Procedures and Tool Use
  • Computer Assembly – Step by Step
  • Basics of Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Fundamental Operationg Systems
  • Fundamental Laptops and Portable Devices
  • Fundamental Printers and Scanners
  • Fundamental Networks
  • Fundamental Security
  • Communication Skills

Student Perspective: 

Computer Systems Technology is a lot of reading and memorization. There are a lot of technology concepts and systems that need to be understood. Every hardware piece and computer parts and variations on computer parts are explored by students in depth. Students learn all the devices and their internal workings. Students learn more about the hardware of computers and do hands-on repair of computer hardware and software. They learn BIOS information as well as OS function. They have the chance to receive an A+ certification through this course.