An introduction to the personal computer (PC) as a system with emphasis on understanding the roles both of the hardware and the elements that interface the hardware to the user's program. Common PC elements (mother board, disk drives, modems and displays) are examined and their operation under various operating systems explained. Students will study troubleshooting techniques and the isolation of problems into software or hardware faults, incompatibilities, or viruses.
An introduction beginning with the explanation of electrical energy, voltage, current and power concepts, and proceeding to fundamental DC, AC, analog, and digital circuits. Practical applications are stressed, and the lab exercises are run as though they are industry job assignments. Field practices are discussed and safety is stressed as a basic objective. Includes integrated lab exercises with the use of electronic test equipment and written lab reports.
A study of the elements of digital logic design, digital circuits, and the fundamentals of a modern digital system. It begins with an explanation of binary number systems, progresses through logical design and into PC systems. Laboratory experiments are used to provide practical experience.
A study of the technology involved in incorporating routers and switches into LAN/WAN network topologies. Topics include: IP addressing, subnets, routing protocols, VLANs, wireless domains, network emulation, network management tools, network diagnostics, troubleshooting, and management reports. Course content is continually updated to reflect the current state of the art in network design. The course requires substantial hands-on computer work in a computerized classroom environment.
A comprehensive introduction to the installation, scripting, and administration of the Linux operating system in both client and server configurations. Students will learn how to install and use the base Linux operating system and its major subsystems (e.g., DNS, NFS, SSH, FTP, Apache2, MySQL) and will use the Linux command line, shell scripting, and GUI interfaces to perform operating system administration, file management, system maintenance, system security, and secure communication. Course content is continually updated to reflect the current state of the art in the Linux operating system. The course requires substantial hands-on computer work with Linux in a computerized classroom environment.
A study of the fundamental elements of computer security. The course teaches students how to identify security vulnerabilities in computer systems and how to address these vulnerabilities using industry standard methodologies for securing computer hardware, networks, applications, data, and communications. Course content is continually updated to reflect the current state of the art in computer security. The course requires substantial hands-on computer work in a computerized classroom environment.