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Course Details

Course Code: ISSC321 Course ID: 4007 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of computer systems, computer organization, computer subsystems, and operating systems, This course examines CPUs, motherboards, basic input/output systems, memory subsystems, bus structures, expansion cards, ports, connectivity, interfaces, data storage subsystems, and multimedia interface devices. This course also evaluates computer monitoring, computer systems management, operating systems, networking, and security. This course covers the A+ Certification Essentials curriculum.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to achieve the following objectives:

(C01) Students should have a general overview of motherboards, the BIOS, expansion slots, and processors and be able to identify them by sight.

(C02) Students should be able to identify various types of memory and cooling systems as found on most computers and describe their functions.

(C03) Students should know the different kinds of storage devices available.

(C04) Students should know the different kinds of storage devices available, and be able to identify the purposes and characteristics of power supplies.

(C05) Students will learn about various input and output peripheral devices as well as different types of adapter cards, cables, and interfaces commonly found in PCs.

(C06) Students will understand the different display types available. They will also know how to adjust display settings and be fluent in various video standards, resolutions, and concepts.

(C07) Students will understand the components and requirements that differentiate specialized computer systems.

(C08) Students will understand network topologies, the devices, cabling, and connectors used in networking, and the tools used in network troubleshooting.

(C09) Explain the properties and characteristics of TCP/IP.

(C10) Explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purpose

(C11) Students will learn how to install and configure small networks, such as the ones typically found in small and home offices.

(C12) Students will understand the differences between desktop and laptop architecture. They will also understand features specific to laptops and laptop displays.

(C13) Students will understand the expansion of laptops into other mobile devices. Devices examined will include tablets, phablets, smart phones, e-readers and more.

(C14) Students will learn about printer types and characteristics. They will also learn about installing printers.

(C15) Students learn about troubleshooting models and look at troubleshooting everything from PC components to mobile devices, printers, and networks.

Reading Assignments: Each week will require unit readings from the text.

Initial Forum Post: in the first week (only) students will post a 250-word introduction that is necessary for class enrollment by Wednesday at Midnight. This will be Topic 1 in your first week forum assignment.

Forum Assignments: Each week students will post an initial post of 200 words and two peer reviews of no less than 100 words (each) to two other students’ comments. Rubrics will be posted in the assignments section.

Weekly forums cannot be made up after the week in question.

Homework Assignments: These will consist of mostly unit review questions, forum participation and a final group project that include group partner reviews.

Final Group Project: The instructor will form student groups at the end of Week 1. The final group project will be completed following directions in the assignments. It will be submitted in accordance with the APA Style Guide (6th ed.) and will include a title page, abstract, content, conclusion, and references page. These requirements will be more fully described in the assignments section.

NameGrade %
Assignment 40.00 %
Week 1 Summary Review Questions 5.00 %
Week 2 Summary Review Questions 5.00 %
Week 3 Summary Review Questions 5.00 %
Week 4 Summary Review Questions 5.00 %
Week 5 Summary Review Questions 5.00 %
Week 6 Summary Review Questions 5.00 %
Week 7 Summary Review Questions 5.00 %
Week 8 Summary Review Questions 5.00 %
Forums 40.00 %
Forum 1 Participation 5.00 %
Forum 2 Participation 5.00 %
Forum 3 Participation 5.00 %
Forum 4 Participation 5.00 %
Forum 5 Participation 5.00 %
Forum 6 Participation 5.00 %
Forum 7 Participation 5.00 %
Forum 8 Participation 5.00 %
Final Group Project 20.00 %
Group Project and Group Peer Reviews 20.00 %

CompTIA visit

Book Title:CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide: Exams 220-901 and 220-902, 3rd Ed-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Docter, Quentin / Dulaney, Emmett / Skandier, Toby
Unit Cost:$35.75
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.