Spring 2014
CTS 120 N1    TTH 8:00 NB 229
Credits: 3  Class: 2 Lab: 3

Course Title: Upgrade and Repair I Instructor: Keith Wilson
Course Number: CTS 120 Room: NB-227  (Hours Posted)
Room: NB-229 Phone: 362-7177
Web: http://cfcc.edu/wilsok E-mail: kwilson@cfcc.edu   

Link to Outline

Prerequisites:    None

Corequisites:     None

Required Text:   Andrews, Jean. A+ Guide to Managing & Maintaining Your PC, Thompson Course Technology, 8th Ed. 2014.
Supplies:  At least a couple of Floppy Disks.   A flash drive is also recommended.

Course Description:
            This course covers the basic hardware of a personal computer, including installation, operations and interactions with software. Topics include component identification, memory-system, peripheral installation and configuration, preventive maintenance, hardware  diagnostics/repair, installation and optimization of system software, commercial programs, system configuration, and device-drivers.  Upon completion, students should be able to select appropriate computer equipment and software, upgrade/maintain existing   equipment and software, and troubleshoot/repair non-functioning personal computers. 

Course Objectives:  Students will learn about and practice the following topics:
  • Hardware Fundamentals
  • Basic PC Terms and Concepts.
  • System Boards.
  • Cases and Power Supplies
  • Memory and Processors
  • I/O Systems.
  • Storage Systems
  • Industry Certification


Course Grade Determination:
Grading System: (%)
Points (500)
Tests:                    50%
A = 92 - 100 A = 460
Labs & Projects:      50%
B = 84 - 91 B = 420

C = 76 - 83  C = 380
Missed tests-  makeups allowed.
D = 68 - 75 

F =  0 - 67   

Computer Engineering Department Computer Use Policy:

                Use of laptops or other student computers in Computer Engineering Labs:

                Students may use their personal computers however no student computers will be allowed on the network.  There is a  wireless access point available  for                       student use.
                Proxy server:

We are running a proxy server on our network.  This means that all information that you use to log into a site is logged and can be monitored.  We will know the time, date, and web site contacted by every computer in every lab.  Remember Big Brother is watching you! 



Information contained in this syllabus was, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed for use at the beginning of the semester.  However, this syllabus should not be considered a contract between Cape Fear Community College and any student, nor between the instructor and any student.  The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of the college, to make changes in course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.