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Computer Hardware Syllabus

Prince George's Community College

Reference No. 6970
FALL 200

Course Outline
  Tony Magnotto
Engineering Technology Department
Office: Lanham 219
Telephone (office): 301/341-3045
Telephone (dept): 301/322-0751
Email:  [To facilitate email communication, please include the following code: CCGP07 in either the subject line or the first line of any emails during the Fall 2006 semester. The code stops legitimate email from being evaluated wrongly as spam.] Web page:
  Monday  4:00  -  6:00
  Tuesday  4:00  -  5:00
  Wednesday  4:30  -  6:00
  Thursday  4:00  -  5:30






REQUIRED TEXT: Mike Meyers A+ Guide To Managing and Troubleshooting PCs, Second Edition by Meyers & Jernigan; McGraw-Hill
Technology Education.

RECOMMENDED TEXT: Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 17th Edition by Scott Mueller; Que Corporation Publishers.

The purchase of a computer repair tool kit (usually under $20.00)

Five 3½” HD floppy disks with standard labels to use for class



Exam #1                 20 percent
Exam #2                 20 percent
Exam #3                 20 percent
Quizzes                  10 percent
Assignments           10 percent
Lab Participation    10 percent
Class Attendance   10 percent
Tests and quizzes will consist of multiple-answer, fill-in-the-
blanks, and short-answer questions. Lab participation will be
graded by attendance at the labs, taking part in the exercises,
successful outcomes to the labs, and using normal precautions
in handling the equipment. Class attendance will be graded by
your presence and participation in class. Excused absences will
be granted when you contact me in advance, or for unforeseen

CLASS TIMES: Classes are held on Wednesday s from 1:00 to 4:30 PM.

COURSE OUTCOMES: This course will enable you to do the following things:
  1. Identify major components and sub-systems of an IBM class microcomputer;
  2. Have a basic understanding of what takes place with the computer's hardware when the computer is turned on;
  3. Understand how Windows operates and uses memory in an IBM-class computer;
  4. Understand the concept of fault-isolation, and be able to isolate the most typical kinds of faults found in malfunctioning IBM-class computers; and
  5. Be able to successfully repair faulty IBM-class computers in at least a rudimentary fashion.
Class assignments and labs are to be submitted as a printout from a word processing

Feel free to ask lots of questions. Food and drink are
permitted in lecture class, but NOT in the lab area. Please
set cell phones to vibrate before class begins.

Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (B-124) or call (301) 322-0838(voice) or 322-0122(TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations. Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.

The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for
dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules
and regulations of the college. A student enrolling in the college assumes
an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college’s function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2007-2008
Student Handbook for a complete explanation of the Code of Conduct,
including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.

The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity
as its highest principle. In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community
expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for
adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity. To support a
community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is
produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process. The complete
text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2007-2008 Student Handbook and
posted on the college’s web site.

No classes - Labor Day - COLLEGE CLOSED Sat.-Mon., Sept.1-3
Last day to apply for fall graduation Mon., Sept. 17
Last day to change from “audit” to “credit” 
or “credit” to “audit” for full-semester classes
Fri., Sept. 28
No Classes - College Enrichment Day – CLOSED Tue., Oct. 30
Last day to withdraw from 15-week classes  Tue., Nov. 20
No classes – Thanksgiving Break - COLLEGE CLOSED Wed. - Sun., Nov. 25 – Sun., Nov. 21-25
Final exam period/last week of classes Tue.- Mon., Dec.11-17
No classes - Winter Break – COLLEGE CLOSED Sat.-Sun., Dec.22-Jan.6


When the College announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45
minutes of class time remaining at the time of the opening will be held.
For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will
be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes.

The following information is also contained in the student handbook:


Campus Bookstore                                                             301-322-0912
Largo Student Center, Room 116

Learning Resources (Library)
Accokeek Hall                                   General information:     301-322-0105
                                                          Circulation services:    301-322-0475
                                                          Reference services:     301-322-0476
The Library provides a range of library and media services. Refer to the web site for hours and more information about the services.

Student Assessment Services (Testing Center)                 301-322-0147
Bladen Hall, Room 100
Check the web site for hours, policies, and procedures.

Student Development Services                                          301-322-0886
Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring, advising, and individual counseling. Call or check the website for more information.

Tutoring and Writing Centers                                           301-322-0748
Bladen Hall, Room 107 Stop by or call to make an appointment.
The Tutoring Center can help you in many courses with free one-on-one or group tutoring.
The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for all students who are working on a writing assignment in any course.


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