Course Outlines

Microcomputer Maintenance — ISTC 1010

  1. Course Description
    • Credits: 3.00
    • Lecture Hours/Week: 2.00
    • Lab Hours/Week: 1.00
    • OJT Hours/Week: 0
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Corequisites: None
    • MnTC Goals: None
    This course is designed for the PC novice to learn how to maintain, upgrade, and repair personal computers. Participants will remove and replace motherboards, and various input/output devices. Hard drives maintenance procedures (formatting) and loading operating systems will be covered. Prerequisites: None.
  2. Course Effective Dates: 8/20/07 – Present
  3. Outline of Major Content Areas
      As noted on course syllabus
  4. Learning Outcomes
    1. compare hard disk interfaces
    2. compare microprocessor types
    3. compare video display hardware
    4. contrast bus slots and I/O (Input/Output) cards
    5. define types of hard drives
    6. describe preventive maintenance
    7. describe tools used to repair PCs
    8. diagnose power supply problems
    9. differentiate between motherboard architectures
    10. disassemble PC (Personal Computer)
    11. discuss USB (Universal Serial Bus)
    12. discuss error codes
    13. discuss hard disk organization
    14. discuss hardware and software diagnostic tools
    15. discuss optimizing the system
    16. discuss password security
    17. discuss sound card applications
    18. discuss system configuration
    19. discuss the use of backup devices
    20. explain CD-ROM (Compact disk - read only memory) technology
    21. explain hard disk maintenance procedures
    22. explain keyboard operations
    23. explain memory layout
    24. explain mouse operation
    25. explain serial communications
    26. format a hard drive
    27. identify major components
    28. identify media types
    29. install operating system
    30. isolate problems
    31. observe safety procedures
    32. partition hard drives
    33. remove/replace CD-ROM
    34. remove/replace floppy drive
    35. remove/replace graphics card
    36. remove/replace hard drive
    37. remove/replace memory
    38. remove/replace mother board
    39. remove/replace power supply
    40. using power-on-self-test
  5. Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area(s) and Competencies
  6. Learner Outcomes Assessment
      As noted on course syllabus
  7. Special Information
      None noted