Computer Technology & Repair - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

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.

From CALPADS: Introduction to Information Support Services

This course will introduce students to computer usage and functionality, operating systems, the main system components, network connectivity, software installation, data backup, troubleshooting, and system administration. The role of ICT in organizations and business processes using tools such as organizational charts, flowcharts, and timelines will be discussed. Client relations and communications will be introduced along with information gathering techniques, and critical thinking and listening as part of problem solving.

Program Information
Course Certification Elements
California's 2013 CTE Standards (8)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (43)
California Academic Content Standards (9)
  • 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
  • Pictorials
  • 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


Safety and Enviromental Issues

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

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

Communication and Professionalism

16 Hours

Laptop and Portable Devices

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
Lesson Plans

Printers and Scanners

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
Lesson Plans

Preventive Maintenance and Trouble shooting

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

Examinations & Practical Applications

Find samples of how to pass the different professional certifications in this unit.

54 Hours

Web App in the Cloud PBL Project

Modern file systems encountered in professional environments are increasingly virtualized and remote. A remote virtual Ubuntu Linux Operating System hosted on Amazon Web Services is used in this project to allow the student to have access to a computer to which they have root access. This allows the student to have a better platform on which to learn about the administrative aspects of file management and security. This would be impossible on a computer which they have restricted access to, such as the computers available to students at most schools.

In this project, students will set up, launch and customize a publicly available web application. This project provides the high interest framework and sufficiently complex challenges for students to learn file management and security. File management and security is at the heart of creating secure and functional computer applications and systems. For students to conceptualize these concepts as well as practice the skills necessary to predictably operate and develop computer systems, students need access to a remote computer system on which they have administrator or root access. With this access they are able to comprehensively practice and develop the file management skills which are fundamental to all computer systems. 

Lessons in the Project Include:
Lesson 1: Operating System on the Cloud
Lesson 2: Creating a Web Server
Lesson 3: Launching a Web App
Lesson 4: Customizing Your Web App