Course Abstract Details

CIS-139, Principles of Computer Technology

Credits: 4

Course Description

CIS-139, Principles of Computer Technology, covers a broad spectrum of concepts dealing with the microcomputer to ensure a sound technical foundation in the computer technology field. Students will learn how to assemble and configure a personal computer including the operating system. Concepts include system hardware and operating systems as well as basic troubleshooting, data communications and networking. Prerequisite: CIS-101, MIS-101, or CAD-101, or permission of the program advisor. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course, students should be able to: 

1. Describe the functions of the major components of the PC computer system and PC computer. (General Education Goal #1, Program Goal #3, Program Goal #5) 

2. Explain the fundamental flow of data within the computer system as well as the integration and functional operations of the CPU, memory, and program instructions. (General Education Goal #1, Program Goal #3, Program Goal #5) 

3. Assemble a working PC system from a collection of appropriate, working components. (General Education Goal #1, General Education Goal #2, Program Goal #3, Program Goal #5) 

4. Install, configure, troubleshoot and replace internal PC components i.e. pc boards, memory, drives and power supplies. (General Education Goal #1, General Education Goal #2, Program Goal #3, Program Goal #5) 

5. Connect and configure various peripheral devices, and locate and install their associated drivers. (General Education Goal #2, General Education Goal #4, Program Goal #4, Program Goal #5) 

6. Describe the functional operations of various storage technologies. (General Education Goal #1, General Education Goal #4, Program Goal #3) 

7. Install and configure an operating system. (General Education Goal #2, Program Goal #3) 

8. Perform simple operating system maintenance. (General Education Goal #2, Program Goal #3) 

9. Apply basic troubleshooting strategies to solve hardware and operating system problems. (General Education Goal #2, Program Goal #3) 

10. Identify issues relating to computer security. (General Education Goal #1, General Education Goal #4, Program Goal #4, Program Goal #5) 

11. Describe and identify basic networking technologies and concepts. (General Education Goal #1, Program Goal #3, Program Goal #4, Program Goal #5) 

12. Use available resources including manufacturer literature, web sites and user groups to find answers to issues and questions related to the above ten objectives. (General Education Goal #1, General Education Goal #2, General Education Goal #4, Program Goal #5)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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