PC Hardware helps students prepare for CompTIA A+ Hardware Exam 220-901.
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PC Hardware helps students prepare for CompTIA A+ Hardware Exam 220-901.
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What students will learn
Learning objectives by module
Unit 2: Hardware Basics
- PCH 1: The Basics
- Connect common peripherals to standard ports.
- Describe a computer’s basic components.
- Identify a computer’s hardware, software, and firmware.
- Identify and categorize inputs and outputs. Compare and contrast various connection interfaces and cables and explain their purposes.
- PCH 2: Procedures and Safety
- Describe effective ways to reduce the risk of injury or damage while working with computer systems.
- Explain appropriate safety measures and procedures while demonstrating basic computer assembly.
- Identify common hazards that may be encountered while working with computer systems and tools.
- PCH 3: Customer Relations
- Recognize and explain the general principles of professional customer service.
- Set up a computer system and demonstrate operation for the customer.
Unit 3: Hardware Components
- PCH 4: Cases, Form Factors, and Power Supplies
- Describe common computer case designs and features.
- Describe common motherboard form factors and suitable cases for each.
- Disassemble and reassemble computers in the most common case designs.
- Identify power supply connectors.
- Recommend and install an appropriate power supply given specific hardware to bepowered.
- Test power supplies to ascertain proper functioning.
- PCH 5: Motherboards, Expansion Buses, and Processors
- Compare current microprocessor speeds and capabilities with those of 10 and 20 years ago, and describe the effect of processing capabilities.
- Identify motherboard components and describe their basic functions.
- Place an array of microprocessors in approximate date or performance order.
- PCH 6: Memory and BIOS
- Configure and apply BIOS settings.
- Remove and Install RAM.
- PCH 7: Expansion Cards, Audio, Video, and Storage
- Explain the differences between processors.
- Explain the various types of expansion slots.
- Given a scenario, evaluate types and features of display devices.
- Install and configure expansion cards.
- Install and configure storage devices.
- PCH 8: Cooling
- Install, upgrade, and test cooling performance.
- Select the appropriate cooling method for a given CPU and system.
Unit 4: Networking and Internet
- PCH 9: Networking Overview
- Identify various types of networks, topologies, and network security issues.
- PCH 10: Networking Hardware
- Check the documentation to verify that the adapter will work with the motherboard.
- Close the side cover of the computer.
- Identify and describe network devices and their functions.
- Install a network adapter.
- Line up the connector of the NIC to the expansion slot and seat it firmly.
- Match the connector/pinouts of the new NIC and verify it matches the proposed slot.
- Open the side cover of the computer to inspect the available expansion slots.
- Power down the computer and disconnect the main power cord from the machine.
- Power up the machine.
- Reconnect the main power cord.
- Remove the corresponding computer PCI option slot cover from the back panel.
- PCH 11: Networking Media
- Categorize characteristics of connectors and cabling.
- Identify types of network cables and connectors.
- PCH 12: Ethernet Standards
- Differentiate between Ethernet and TCP/IP.
- Plan a basic network connection using 100BaseT.
- Recognize the typical network standards.
- PCH 13: IPv4 and IPv6 Addresses
- Describe the properties of IPv4 and IPv6.
- Explain the properties and characteristics of TCP/IP.
- Set up Windows networking and illustrate subnetworking.
- PCH 14: TCP and UDP Protocols
- A single segment (segment 1) is sent over the network.
- Identify and demonstrate use of FTP.
- Identify SSL in use.
- Segment one is acknowledged.
- Segments two and three are acknowledged.
- Segments two and three are sent over the network.
- Three-way handshake.
- Window size 1 is established.
- Window size 2 is established.
- PCH 15: Introduction to Wireless Networking
- Compare wireless network standards, encryption, and interfaces.
- Configure a wireless connection.
- Identify major wireless security measures.
- PCH 16: Internet Connectivity
- Compare and contrast Internet connection types and features.
- Configure each client to be part of the same workgroup.
- Configure the router and set up the wireless settings.
- Connect each client to the router, and verify each is working.
- Decide on the type of Internet connection to be used.
- Determine the method of network connection for users.
- Have your ISP install the modem or use a self-install kit.
- Install, configure, deploy, and test a SOHO wireless/wired router using appropriate settings.
- Physically connect the router and modem together.
- Select the modem and router to use.
- Set up file and printer sharing on each client and designate which resources to share.
- Test each client’s ability to access shared resources (files/printers).
- Test the Internet connection on each client.
Unit 5: Notebooks and Laptops
- PCH 17: Notebook Features and Components
- Compare and contrast notebook features.
- Identify the components within the display of a notebook.
- Install and configure laptop and netbook hardware and components.
- PCH 18: Laptop and Notebook Component Replacement
- Determine type and capacity of laptop components.
- Locate, identify, disconnect, and replace laptop components.
- Troubleshoot notebook components.
- PCH 19: Notebook Power and Physical Security
- Describe battery care and proper battery disposal.
- Determine a notebook’s source of power and state of battery.
- Secure a notebook through use of a security cable and other measures.
Unit 6: Printers
- PCH 20: Printer Types and Interfaces
- Charging (conditioning)
- Choose a printer to fulfill the requirements for a given situation.
- Explain the four types of photo-imaging processes.
- PCH 21: Printer Configuration and Installation
- Connect a PC to a network printer.
- Connect the printer to the network.
- Follow the prompts to install the driver.
- Install and configure a shared printer.
- Install printer drivers on each network workstation.
- Make sure the printer receives an IP address.
- Select the correct printer from the list of found printers and click “next.”
- Use Add Printer Wizard to scan for and install printer drivers.
- PCH 22: Printer Management and Maintenance
- Left click “devices and printers”
- Left click “printers and faxes.”
- Left click “start.”
- Left click properties.
- Locate the desired printer in the list.
- Manage a print server and print spoolers.
- Modify printer properties and permissions.
- Right click on the desired printer.
Unit 7: Assembly, Management, and Maintenance
- PCH 23: Computer Assembly
- Demonstrate professional behavior and communications while working with a client.
- Document findings, actions and outcomes for the customer.
- Establish a plan of action to resolve the problem and implement the solution.
- Establish a theory of probable cause. In establishing your theory, question the obvious.
- Identify the problem.
- Perform and explain computer maintenance, repair, and assembly.
- Test your theory to determine the cause.
- Verify full system functionality and, if applicable, implement preventative measures.
- PCH 24: Prohibited Content
- Explain the fundamentals of dealing with prohibited content.
- PCH 25: Wired Network Maintenance
- Perform wired network maintenance.
UNIT 1: Succeeding in PC Hardware
UNIT 2: Hardware Basics
PCH 1: The Basics
PCH 2: Procedures and Safety
PCH 3: Customer Relations
UNIT 3: Hardware Components
PCH 4: Cases, Form Factors, and Power Supplies
PCH 5: Motherboards, Expansion Buses, and Processors
PCH 6: Memory and BIOS
PCH 7: Expansion Cards, Audio, Video, and Storage
PCH 8: Cooling
UNIT 4: Networking and Internet
PCH 9: Networking Overview
PCH 10: Networking Hardware
PCH 11: Networking Media
PCH 12: Ethernet Standards
PCH 13: IPv4 and IPv6 Addresses
PCH 14: TCP and UDP Protocols
PCH 15: Introduction to Wireless Networking
PCH 16: Internet Connectivity
UNIT 5: Notebooks and Laptops
PCH 17: Notebook Features and Components
PCH 18: Laptop and Notebook Component Replacement
PCH 19: Notebook Power and Physical Security
UNIT 6: Printers
PCH 20: Printer Types and Interfaces
PCH 21: Printer Configuration and Installation
PCH 22: Printer Management and Maintenance
UNIT 7: Assembly, Management, and Maintenance
PCH 23: Computer Assembly
PCH 24: Prohibited Content
PCH 25: Wired Network Maintenance
UNIT 8: Capstone
PCH 26: PC Hardware Capstone
Other course details
- internet access
- an operating system that supports the latest browser update
- the latest browser update (Chrome recommended; Firefox, Safari supported; Edge and Internet Explorer are supported but not recommended)
- pop-ups enabled
- cookies enabled
Some courses include exercises with exceptions to these requirements, such as technology that cannot be used on mobile devices.
This course’s system requirements:
- none listed (subject to change)
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