CIS-157: A+ Hardware

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Computer Information Systems
Academic Level
Course Subject
Computer Information Systems
Course Number
Course Title
A+ Hardware
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Explores the hardware section of the CompTIA A+ certification exam in detail. Also covers installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of various hardware. Includes hands-on lab activities with actual hardware components.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Computer Hardware Basics
  2. Working Inside the Computers
  3. Motherboards
  4. Supporting Processors and Memory
  5. Power System and Troubleshooting
  6. Supporting Hard Drives and Storage
  7. Installing and Supporting I/O Devices
  8. Network Setup and Support
  9. Customizing Systems
  10. Supporting Printers
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify types of hardware components.
  • Installation, configuration, and upgrading of hardware components.
  • Assess hardware problems and perform required steps to resolve issues.
  • Connect to both wired and wireless networks.
  • Install, configure and maintain printers.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Examinations, which will include lab problems. Hands-on lab evaluations.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Departmental Exam
Skilled Demonstration
Skilled Demonstration Details

Skills-based assessment proficient score, assessment administered by the Computer Information Systems department faculty. Faculty will assess skills-based assessment based on evaluation rubric. Assessment information located in Department Office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and have proper licensure/certification.

CompTia A+ Certification
Licensure/Certification Details

CompTia A+ Certification must be current. Department faculty will verify certification(s). Verified certifications, and the Credit for Prior College-Level Learning application will be signed, copied, and retained in the Department Office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and a skilled demonstration.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date