Cleveland State Community College

Rubric & Course Number: CIT 1601
Credit Hours:
Course Title: Hardware/Operating Systems
(Instructor’s name, office number, telephone number and email.)
(Schedule of office hours should be communicated to students ASAP.)
Course Overview:
Topics covered include: installing, building, upgrading, repairing, configuring,
troubleshooting, optimizing, diagnosing and performing preventative maintenance of basic
personal and portable computer hardware and operating systems, as well as printers, scanners
and security components. This course prepares the student to take Comp TIA A+ Essentials
industry certification exam.
Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of this course, the successful learner will be able to:
 Describe how the computer transmits and receives information using the principles of
computer language.
 Describe the three stages of computing, and identify the components that are involved
with each.
 Describe how the Central Processing Unit works
 Define the different types of CPUs that might be found today, and describe the advantages
and limitations of each.
 Install both a slotted and pinned CPU into a system board
 Demonstrate how to handle CPUs in a manner that prevents damage and premature
 Describe the voltage requirements of a PC.
 Demonstrate how to determine when a Power Supply has failed and must be replaced.
 Describe the various types of power fluctuations that can cause problems in computers.
 Describe the different types of motherboards that are in use today.
 Identify the locations of key components on the motherboard, and describe the function of
each component.
 Describe the function of the ROM BIOS.
 Demonstrate the proper configuration of BIOS, so as to achieve the desired computer
 Demonstrate the proper use of a DEBUG card in diagnosing system problems.
 Describe the different types of memory found in a computer, including special
 Describe the different ways memory may be used by the various operating systems, such
as DOS, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux, Mac OS, etc.
Describe the difference between a 16 bit and 32 bit bus, operationally
To be determined by individual instructors and can include tests, quizzes, homework,
projects, etc.
Evaluation and Grading Procedures
To be determined by individual instructors.
Attendance Policy (including make-up provisions):
To be determined by individual instructors.
Disability Statement:
If, because of a documented disability, you require assistance or reasonable accommodations
to complete assigned course work (such as modifications in testing, special equipment, etc.),
you must register with Disability Support Services and notify your instructor within the first
two weeks of the semester. Disability Support is located in the ACCESS Center (U118,
423-478-6217 or 423-472-7141).
Withdrawal Information:
The last day to withdraw is published in the college catalog. Students should review their
syllabus for the last day to withdraw for courses that do not meet the full semester.
Academic Integrity:
Cleveland State students are required, as a condition of good standing and continued
enrollment, to conduct themselves properly in class. Such proper behavior includes academic
honesty, civility, and respect for others and private property. Please refer to the Student
Handbook portion of the catalog for further information.
Computer Skills:
Content and/or assignments for this course may require the use of computers, media
equipment, or access to the Internet. If you believe you might lack the technical skills
necessary to succeed in the class, advise the instructor immediately. In consultation with the
instructor you may consider exploring one of the following options: the eLearning lab, library
resources, the Reading and Writing Center, or taking a computer class for credit.