Course Syllabus

Course: CIS 1125

Division: Business and Applied Tech
Department: Information Technology
Title: IT Essentials

Semester Approved: Spring 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2024
End Semester:

Catalog Description: This course discusses the history, role, and structure of computer architecture and operating systems needed by computers and provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level computer technicians. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts in security, networking, and computer technician responsibilities. Lab exercises include assembling a computer, laptop, and troubleshooting problems. The course prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification exam. (Additional fee required)

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2
Clock/Hour Requirements: 60
Offered for Non-Credit: Yes

Justification: This course is required by the program's advisory committee and is a prerequisite for other CIS classes. This course helps prepare students for job readiness at graduation and/or transfer to a four-year college.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Develop working knowledge of how computers operate, how to assemble computers, and how to troubleshoot hardware and software issues. Students will be assessed with quizzes, hands-on labs, and/or examinations.

Utilize hands-on labs and virtual learning tools to develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. Students will be assessed with quizzes, hands-on labs, and/or examinations.

Discuss and utilize the practical application of skills and procedures needed to install and upgrade hardware, software, and troubleshooting systems. Students will be assessed with quizzes, hands-on labs, and/or examinations.


Content:
This course provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed for entry-level computer technicians. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software, as well as, advanced concepts in security, networking, and computer technician responsibilities. Theory and hands-on activities in the course include the PC case, keyboard, monitor, cables, storage drives, speakers, and printers. Theory and hands-on activities will also cover the operating system which manages computer operations such as identifying, accessing, and processing information.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will be assessed with the following performance assessments:

Knowledge Quizzes 20 to 40%

Hands-on Labs 40 to 60%

Hands-on Skills Examination 0 to 20%

Knowledge/theory Examination 0 to 20%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Cisco Netacad online coursework for IT Essentials.


Pedagogy Statement:
Students will participate in theory lectures to familiarize them with computer hardware and software functionality. Students will then participate in hands-on labs building computer systems, loading operating systems, making configuration changes, and loading applications.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture/Lab

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 16