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Course Details

Course Code: ISSC323 Course ID: 4010 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a technical study of the hardware systems and architectures in a computer system; it appraises expansion cards, storage subsystems, IO interface subsystems, operating system, Local Area Networking (LAN), Internet connectivity, and security. This course also examines the processes for analyzing problems and for synthesizing solutions related to computer hardware systems.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Troubleshoot expansion cards, hard drives, printers and scanners
  2. Manage files, operating system settings, and the Registry.
  3. Monitor the operating system and control event logging
  4. Configure a LAN networking connection and to be able to share resources on the network.
  5. Create an Internet connection and implement network protection measures
  6. Secure the operating system and computer data
  7. Troubleshoot memory and other components in computers and other devices
  8. Establish both a wired and wireless network connection


There will be five assignments (4% each) counting a total of 20% of the final grade. The assignments will follow each of the major milestones of the course. These assignments will be problems or questions from the text. They are a combination of Lesson Reviews and Lesson Activities and/or Labs. They are selected to provide the student with information to understand the concepts discussed.

NOTE: Submitted assignments are time stamped using Eastern Standard Time (EST). Keep this in mind when submitting your assignments.

Written assignments – term project/PPE/database exercise submission instructions:

  1. Log into the classroom
  2. Click the “assignments” link
  3. Click the corresponding assignment (i.e. ISSC323 Week 1 Assignment)
  4. Upload file(s)to the assignment.
  5. Check the box “submit for grading”
  6. Click the “submit” button

Forum Discussions

There will be eight weekly forums. Your comments should be a minimum of 200 words and you peer reviews should be submitted for at least two other students with a minimum of 100 words each. All responses should be a courteous and contain at a topic sentence with good supporting sentences.

In an online environment communication and exchange of ideas is critical. The forums give all the opportunity to discuss trends in the technology that are being studied, future possibilities, and, above all, allow us an opportunity to get to know each other and work as a group. This can only happen, when students and instructors work together.

Instructions to review and submit Forum input:

  1. Log into the classroom
  2. Click the “Forum” link
  3. Click the appropriate Forum under the column labeled “Group Name”
  4. Choose a specific thread to see all the messages and choose a specific message to reply.
  5. Click on the “reply to this message” link.
  6. Provide your input.
  7. Click the “submit” button.

Forum Essentials

Your posts should add value to the classroom discussions to be counted for participation. It should simply state “good job” or the like. You need to add substance.


There will be seven open book quizzes throughout the course.

Case Study

You are a star consultant from "Hardware R US" IT consulting and managing firm. Just graduated from APUS and this is your first critical job. You just got hired by "Home Solutions Inc" a construction and parts company to help them with their hardware and networking needs. Your specific tasks to help the business are the percentages that correspond to the per item payment (grade weight):

A) For 50% of the payment (Grade):The owner badly needs a new desktop business computer, he is still running a Windows NT relic, but he can only afford $1,000 for it. You need make sure that you assemble a desktop for that amount, which should include:

1) All the components within the tower PC (less OS)
2) Any peripherals such as monitor, mouse, keyboard
3) Any networking components that may be needed
4) Detailed cost by component
5) Explanation of why this specific component were chosen

B) For 50% of the payment (Grade):The owner also has a son that he has promised a GAMER PC to him, since he is helping him out in the business. He can only spare another $1,000 for this one as well. It will need to be networked to the Business PC and should also include:

1) All the components within the tower PC, assume a Windows 7 PC, do not include operating system costs though.
2) Any peripherals such as monitor, mouse, keyboard
3) Any networking components that may be needed
4) Detailed cost component by component
5) Explanation of why this specific component was chosen vs. some other one

For the above project, make sure that you include a spreadsheet showing cost per item and total cost. Each item must be listed with its price. You must explain how your machines will connect to the Internet.

The case study must be submitted as a Word document no less than one-thousand words not include the title page, abstract or bibliography.

Project Proposal

Complete and submit the class project proposal outline. It should be a formal outline paying attention to sections and subsections. You must submit in order to get the go-ahead approval for your term project.

Project Presentation

The presentation should no less than eight slides and provides highlights of the paper that will be submitted the final week of the course. You should use a style or template remembering the simpler is better. You slides should not garish. Substance counts.

Project Paper

Submit a ten page paper not including the title page, abstract or bibliography on an approved topic that covers the following at a minimum

- Detailed description of the area researched
- Technology involved in the area
- Future trends in the area
- Example companies involved in the area
- Regulatory issues surrounding the area
- References (at least ten)

The paper will be automatically checked in Turnitin when you submit in Sakai.

NameGrade %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 4.00 %
Week 3 Assignment 4.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 4.00 %
Week 5 Assignment 4.00 %
Week 6 Assignment 4.00 %
Case Study 15.00 %
Week 3 Case Study 15.00 %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Quizzes 21.00 %
Week 2 Quiz 3.00 %
Week 3 Quiz 3.00 %
Week 4 Quiz 3.00 %
Week 5 Quiz 3.00 %
Week 6 Quiz 3.00 %
Week 7 Quiz 3.00 %
Week 8 Quiz 3.00 %
Project 20.00 %
Week 7 Presentation 5.00 %
Week 8 Term Paper 12.00 %
Week 4 Term Paper Proposal 3.00 %

Software Requirements

1. Microsoft Office or compatible application suite

2. Adobe Acrobat Reader or comparable PDF viewer

Book Title:Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ Certification Passport, 7th Ed (Exams 220-1001 & 220-1002) - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:McGraw-Hill Lib
Author:Meyers, Mike
Unit Cost:$30.00
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.