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CSP 2200 Information

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Attention students of this course: If you have not done so already read the General Course Outline Information found here .

Homework

Homework is posted online in Blackboard .

Course Description

CSP 2200 - PC Troubleshooting, Upgrade & Repair

This course covers the maintenance of a personal computer, its peripherals and its software. Preventative maintenance and minor repair of hardware, as well as upgrading and installation of software and hardware are taught by using a hands-on approach. Lecture, two hours per week; lab, two hours per week.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3

Class Meeting Times & Location(s)

Section 01

08/17/2009-12/17/2009 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 1PM - 01:50PM, D Building, Room 109A

08/17/2009-12/17/2009 Laboratory Tuesday 02:00PM - 03:40PM, D Building, Room 109B

Section 02

08/17/2009-12/17/2009 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 1PM - 01:50PM, D Building, Room 109A

 08/17/2009-12/17/2009 Laboratory Thursday 2:00PM - 03:40PM, D Building, Room 109B

Section 300

08/19/2009-12/09/2009 Lecture Wednesday 06:30PM - 08:10PM, A Building, Room 208

 08/19/2009-12/09/2009 Laboratory Wednesday 08:20PM - 10:10PM, D Building, Room 109B

Textbook(s)

Guide to Managing and Maintaining Your PC Sixth Edition, by Jean Andrews

Required Materials

LABSIM FOR A+ IT TECHNICIAN

PC Toolkit, available in bookstore.

512M (min) Thumb Drive

Headset (for listening to simulations)

Grading

The grading of the course will fall into 6 categories:

Project 

Over the course of the semester, you and your lab partner will select parts to build a PC. Each week, you will decide on a new piece based on the week's discussion topic. Points will be assigned for every week's selection. Near the end of the semester, you will present your project to the class. There is no grade for the presentation, but failure to present will result in a course grade of F.

Lab

This is where you will do hands-on work with PCs, taking them apart, putting them back together, and learning how the pieces work together.

Simulation

Your LABSIM CD contains software to simulate working on PCs. This is useful because it allows you to get a feel for working with types of hardware other than your lab PC. You may install the software on your lab PC if you like, but each lab partner must do her/his own work.

Short Answer 

True/False, Multiple Choice, Matching, and Short Answer questions based on the week's discussion topic.

Each week's work shall be worth approximately 100 points.

Midterm exam

Based on the Short Answer questions AND your lab work. It shall be worth 200 points.

Final Exam

Part One

The first part Final exam shall also be based on the Short Answer questions AND your lab work. It shall be worth 200 points.

Part Two

TENTATIVE: Assuming all goes well and we get the grant I anticipate, I will pick the best PC project from each section and order the parts. You will have a list of the parts prior to the final exam so you can find documentation. The second part of the final exam shall be assembling the new PC from individual pieces, using only the documentation you find. This PC will then be used to instruct future sections of the course using contemporary hardware.

The second part of the final exam shall be worth 200 points.

Topic Schedule

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Sections 01 and 02 (Day sections)

Date Topic
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Class Begins
Syllabus Review
Blackboard Login
LabSim Login
Lab PC check
Thursday, August 20, 2009 LabSim Login
Chapter 1: Introducing Hardware
Lab PC Check
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Student Convocation 11AM - 2PM
No Lecture
Thursday, August 27, 2009 Chapter 1: Introducing Hardware
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Chapter 2: Introducing Operating Systems
Thursday, September 03, 2009 Chapter 2: Introducing Operating Systems
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 Chapter 3: PC Repair Fundamentals
Thursday, September 10, 2009 Chapter 3: PC Repair Fundamentals
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Chapter 4: Form Factors and Power Supplies
Thursday, September 17, 2009 Chapter 4: Form Factors and Power Supplies
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Chapter 5: Processors and Chipsets
Thursday, September 24, 2009 Chapter 5: Processors and Chipsets
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Chapter 6: Motherboards
Thursday, October 01, 2009 Chapter 6: Motherboards
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 Review
Thursday, October 08, 2009 Midterm Exam
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Chapter 7: Upgrading Memory
Thursday, October 15, 2009 Chapter 7: Upgrading Memory
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Sick; No Class
Thursday, October 22, 2009 Chapter 8: Hard Drives
Tuesday, October 27, 2009    Chapter 8: Hard Drives
Thursday, October 29, 2009    Chapter 9: Installing and Supporting I/O Devices
Tuesday, November 03, 2009 Chapter 9: Installing and Supporting I/O Devices
Thursday, November 05, 2009 Chapter 10
Multimedia Devices and Mass Storage 
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Chapter 10
Multimedia Devices and Mass Storage 
Thursday, November 12, 2009 Meet in D109B
PC Project Finalization during lecture;
Chapter 10 during lab
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Meet in D109B
PC Project Finalization during lecture;
Chapter 10 during lab
Thursday, November 19, 2009 PC Project Presentation & Vote
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 PC Project Presentation & Vote
Thursday, November 26, 2009 Thanksgiving Break-College Closed
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 Chapter 19: Securing Your PC and LAN
Thursday, December 03, 2009 Chapter 19: Securing Your PC and LAN
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 No Class
Thursday, December 10, 2009 Review, then Final Exam

Section 300 (Night section)

Date Topic
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Class Begins
Syllabus Review
Blackboard Login
LabSim Login
Lab PC check
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Chapter 1: Introducing Hardware
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 Chapter 2: Introducing Operating Systems
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 Chapter 3: PC Repair Fundamentals
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Chapter 4: Form Factors and Power Supplies
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Chapter 5: Processors and Chipsets
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Chapter 6: Motherboards
Wednesday, October 07, 2009  Review, then Midterm Exam
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Chapter 7: Upgrading Memory
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Chapter 8: Hard Drives
Wednesday, October 28, 2009    Chapter 9: Installing and Supporting I/O Devices
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 Chapter 10
Multimedia Devices and Mass Storage 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Veterans Day - College Closed
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 PC Project Presentation & Vote
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Thanksgiving Break-College Closed
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 Chapter 19: Securing Your PC and LAN
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 Review, then Final Exam