Course Overview / Details
This two-semester course provides instruction in the basics of computer construction and repair; emphasizes troubleshooting and diagnosis of hardware and software failures; provides the skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the field of computer servicing. Students have the opportunity to service and repair a wide range of personal computers while learning theory of operation and gaining programming skills. Students will use a variety of service tools. The operation of each component of a computer is studied and tested while assembling test computers. Designed to provide a solid foundation as a basis for a student's continuing education in the computer sciences.
Program Information and Grade Levels
- 9 to 12
- Industries and Pathways:
- Computer Hardware, Electrical, and Networking Engineering, Information Support and Services, Information Technology
CTE Course Certification Elements
- Course Level: Concentration
- CBEDS Course: Computer service technology
- CBEDS #: 5558
- Total Hours: 180
- Course Length: 2 Semesters
- State Certified: No
- Board Approval: No
- Labor Market Demand: Medium
- Is this course industry certified?: No
- Course Type: Career-Technical Preparation
- CSU/UC Approval: No
- Introduction, registration, orientation
- General safety practices
- Electrical safety
- ESD practices and hardware handling
- Wires and cables used in computers
- Connectors for computer applications
- De-soldering and wire removal
- Interconnection systems
- Schematics, symbols and wire lists
- Part numbering and bills of materials
- Standards and specifications
- Component types and applications
- Component identification, marking/labels and packaging
- Color codes
- Oscilloscopes and pulse measurements
- Measurement meter review
- Logic probes and test probes
- Computer self diagnostics tools
- Component failure modes and troubleshooting
- Modular concepts
- Power supplies
- Motherboards and CPUs
- Disk drives and storage devices
- Monitors and printers
- Communications systems
- Operating systems
- Diagnostic and troubleshooting software
- ROM and RAM Software/Firmware
- Viruses and other software problems
- The need for rules and regulations in industry
- Field trip to industrial manufacturing facility
- Job seeking skills (Finding and applying for employment)
- Meeting expectations in the workplace
Units in this Course
This unit covers safety in the classroom and how to safely use computer hardware to protect the student and the hardware,
- 6 Hours
This unit covers the basics of a network system, from basic cabling to the trouble shooting techniques used with a networked system.
- 8 Hours
Personal Computers and Components are found in every aspect of our lives. This unit covers Motherboards, Memory, Powers Supplies , Ports, and Expansion Slots. Identifying the major components of a Personal Computer can be found in this unit.
- 6 Hours
- 16 Hours
How an operating system controls a computer is covered in this unit. Learn how the Binary System works within a computer and how an Operating System can control the Personal Computer.
- 28 Hours
Learn the strengths and the differences of laptops , notebooks, and portable devices. This unit identifies how each device is unique and its uses.
- 20 Hours
In this unit you can find lessons on how to , diagnose common printer problems, install print driver software, and operating principles of printers.
- 8 Hours
This unit explains how viruses are spreed, how to detect viruses, and how to prevent viruses.
- 16 Hours
This unit covers the trouble shooting techniques necessary for analyzing a personal computer. It also covers the lost art of Soldering. Take a look inside and find real life lessons.
- 7 Hours
Find samples of how to pass the different professional certifications in this unit.
- 54 Hours