COT 282B - Upgrade & Repair of Personal Computers

Revised: August 22, 2001
Credits: 3
Instructor: Ed Nickel
Office: GTA 101
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
Class Web Page:
Textbook: Enhanced A+ Guide to Managing and Maintaining Your PC, 3rd Edition by Jean Andrews available in the college bookstore.

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Welcome to COT 282B, Upgrade & Repair of Personal Computers. This is course designed for those who want an overview, including hands on experience, of troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading PCs. The goal of this class is to acquaint you with common PC system problems and the methods to fix them. You will also get the background knowledge to upgrade PCs for increased functionality, higher performance, and longer equipment life span. A student should have a basic knowledge of computers, operating systems and applications software. In addition to your textbook, please bring a medium, non-magnetic Phillips screwdriver to class.

I can be reached at the phone number or email address listed above or you can see me during office hours or by appointment at other times. Office hours are posted on my web site.

Course Objectives:

Your grade will be based on completing the assignments, exams, and class participation. This is a letter grade class with an A=90?100%, B=80?89%, C=70?79%, D=60?69%, W=59% or less. There is no curve in this grading scale. Half of your grade will be based on participation in class and the other half on successful completion the assignments and exams. Any excused absences must have instructor's approval in advance, unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Unexcused absences may result in a failing grade. The code of conduct stated in The Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.

    (roughly by week)
  1. Introductions: (the instructor, the students, the book, the cds), Chapters 1, 2
  2. The motherboard, Chapter 3
  3. Memory and floppy drives, Chapters 4, 5
  4. Hard drives, Chapters 6, 7
  5. Troubleshooting essentials, viruses, & disaster recovery, Chapters 8, 19
  6. I/O subsystems, Chapter 9
  7. Multimedia subsystems, Chapter 10
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Electrical subsystems printers and notebooks, Chapter 11, 18
  10. Windows 9x (maybe a little Linux), Chapter 12
  11. Windows NT and 2000, Chapters 13, 14
  12. Purchasing or building a PC, Chapter 15
  13. Communications and network subsystems, Chapters 16, 17
  14. Final exam
  15. Do an upgrade or significant repair (Please bring a small & a medium size Phillips screwdriver, a 1/4 inch nut driver, small needle nose pliers, and a pair of tweezers. The instructor will bring some grounding straps and other specialized tools that might be needed.)
  16. The technician and the users, Chapter 20, if necessary, finish upgrade

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there for syllabi index, or
when for office hours.