Hardware & Software Concepts

THOMAS COLLEGE

CS 332

FALL Semester 2003

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Phone: 859-1335

Office Hours:

Mondays – 1 PM to 4 PM

Wednesdays – 1 PM to 3 PM

Friday – 1 PM to 2 PM

Other times by appointment

Home Phone: 582-7632

E-Mail: hansenj@thomas.edu

Snow Phone / Cancellation Line: 859-1140

Class Schedule:

Tuesdays and Thursdays - From 9:25 AM until 10:40 AM in Room A-103.

Text and Materials - Required:

Introduction to PC Hardware and Troubleshooting (ISBN 0-07-222632-3), by Mike Meyers (McGraw Hill/Osbourne)

 

Tool Kit (Available at Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, and Computer Stores)

 

3-Ring Binder

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisites: CS 115 and sophomore standing

This course is designed to introduce microcomputer hardware and software concepts. It will provide a strong foundation for maintenance and troubleshooting. The student will have hands-on applications of basic troubleshooting and will develop the ability to recognize common sources of problems and adopt solutions / preventive maintenance techniques.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

To introduce the student to basic microcomputer components.

To provide the student with experience in preventive maintenance procedures for personal computers and peripherals.

To familiarize the student with methods and overall operations of diagnostic and utility software.

To provide the student with a basic understanding of the concepts of troubleshooting microcomputer systems and determination of problem sources.

To demonstrate repair techniques for the most common failures of microcomputer equipment.

To understand how to analyze computer components, systems and peripherals for acquisition.

To understand the process of building a computer.

To understand the terminology, functions and concepts of computer hardware and operating systems. 

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Students will have assigned readings from the text and handouts.  Students will be expected to complete the assigned readings and lab projects by their due dates.  A short quiz will be given every other Tuesday covering the concepts addressed the week before.  There will be two exams, each covering one-half of the course.

 

GRADING SYSTEM:

 

A (94 - 100) A- (90 - 93) B+ (87 - 89) B (83 - 86) B- (80 - 82)

C+ (77 - 79) C (73 - 76) C- (70 - 72) D+ (67 - 69) D (63 - 66)

D- (60 - 62) F (below 60)

 

GRADING:

 

Lab Projects………………………………………………..40%

Quizzes………………………..………………….………….30%

Exam 1…………………………………………………...…. 15%

Exam 2………………………………………………….  …. 15%

 

 

ATTENDANCE:

Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to be prepared to either discuss the assigned readings or engage in class projects. If a student must miss a class session, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange other ways of obtaining the information covered in class. Please notify the instructor in advance if you have to miss a class. Students with excessive absences may not receive a passing grade.

 

INTEGRITY OF SCHOLARSHIP:

Students who plagiarize papers and projects or cheat on exams will receive zeros for the work in question and may fail the course.

 OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:

·        Changes in the syllabus and assignments may be modified as deemed appropriate by the instructor.  All changes will be announced in class.

·        Students with a disability who are requesting academic accommodations should contact Ellen McQuiston at the Center for Academic Support (CAS) and the instructor as soon as possible.

 

SYLLABUS ALERT!! This is a dynamic document. Since this is a rapidly changing field, I often run across something interesting during the course and add it on. J

 

Important Links

Midterm Exam Study Guide

Final Exam Study Guide 

 Troubleshooting Fundamentals

Thomas College Homepage

 

SCHEDULE

DATE

TOPICS

9/2, 9/4

Introduction to How Computers Work, Computer Safety and the  Toolkit

 

(Chapter 1)

9/9, 9/11

 Central Processing Units  (CPUs)

 

(Chapter 2)

9/16, 9/18

 Random Access Memory  (RAM)

 

(Chapter 3)         

QUIZ 1 – 9/16 (CH. 1 & 2)

9/23, 9/25

 Motherboards and BIOS

 

(Chapter 4)

9/30, 10/2

 Expansion Buses

 

(Chapter 5)

QUIZ 2 – 9/30 (CH. 3 & 4)

10/7, 10/9

 Power Supplies and Cases

 

(Chapter 6)

BREAK!

Columbus Day Weekend October 10 - 13

10/14, 10/16

 Removable Media

 

(Chapter 7)

QUIZ 3 – 10/14  (CH. 5 & 6)

10/21, 10/23

 Hard Drives

 

(Chapter 8)

10/28, 10/30

 CD Media

(Chapter 9)

QUIZ 4 – 10/28  (CH. 7 & 8)

10/30 Midterm Exam

MIDTERM EXAM (CHAPTERS 1 –8) 

11/4, 11/6

 Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)

 

(Chapter 10)

11/11, 11/13

 Video

 

(Chapter 11)

QUIZ 5 – 11/11 (CH. 9 & 10)

 

 

11/18, 11/20, 11/25

 Input Devices

 

(Chapter 12)

BREAK!

Thanksgiving Break November 26 - 30

12/2, 12/4

 Sound

 

(Chapter 13)

QUIZ 6 – 12/2  (CH. 11 & 12)

12/9, 12/11

 Printers

 

(Chapter 14)

Week of December 15th

FINAL EXAM (CHAPTERS 9 – 14)

 

   This syllabus may be changed at the discretion of the instructor

Last Updated: August 29, 2003

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