Explores the software section of the CompTIA A+ certification exam in detail. Covers various operating systems from a PC repair technician perspective, and discusses how the operating system interacts with the PC’s hardware, the boot process, troubleshooting, and interaction with application software. Requires hands-on lab activities with various operating systems and application installations.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Introducing Operating Systems
- Operating System Components
- Comparing Desktop and Mobile Operating Systems
- Working with people in a technical world
- Installing an Operating System
- Maintaining and Optimizing an Operating System
- Solving problems with an Operating System
- Network configuration for the Operating System
- Security essentials for the Operating System environment
- Windows PowerShell Scripting
Describe the functions, structure, and major system files of various Operating Systems. Install, configure, and upgrade Operating Systems. Identify the boot sequence and steps to perform a system recovery of an Operating System. Recognize and interpret common error codes and identify steps to correct the problems. Create Windows PowerShell Scripts Perform basic troubleshooting of selected Operating Systems. Identify Operating System security threats.
Assessment and Requirements
Quizzes, Tests, Labs and Projects
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
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 Division Office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and have proper licensure/certification.
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 Division Office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and a skilled demonstration.