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Course: CompTIA A+ Hardware section 2

September 18, 2013 | By |

Course Outline

Days 1 – 2: PC Hardware: What’s inside the computer?

  • Basic Input Output System (BIOS) configurations.
  • Motherboard: purpose, components, and functions.
  • Random Access Memory (RAM).
  • Expansion slots and the cards that go there.
  • Storage devices and media.
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU) types, features, and cooling.
  • Connection interfaces and power supplies.
  • Building a custom computer.
  • Display types.
  • Cables, connectors, and peripherals.

Day 3: Networking

  • Identify and categorize network connectors and cables.
  • Explain properties and characteristics of TCP/IP.
  • Explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purpose.
  • Compare and contrast wireless networking standards and encryption types.
  • Install, configure, and deploy a SOHO wireless/wired router.
  • Compare and contrast Internet connection types and features.
  • Identify various types of networks.
  • Compare and contrast network devices their functions and features.
  • Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools.

Day 4: Laptops and Printers

  • Install and configure laptop hardware and components.
  • Compare and contrast the components within the display of a laptop.
  • Compare and contrast laptop features.
  • Printer types and imaging.
  • Install and configure printers to different types of devices.
  • Printer maintenance and troubleshooting.

Day 5: Operational Procedures, Troubleshooting, Exam Prep

  • Given a scenario, use appropriate safety procedures.
  • Explain environmental impacts and the purpose of environmental controls.
  • Professionalism and dealing with end-users.
  • Explain the fundamentals of dealing with prohibited content/activity.
  • Troubleshooting techniques and best practices in the real world.
  • Certification exams: study tips and practice questions.