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Bryan · Business and Technology · Comp Network Admin - ITSC

Personal Computer Hardware

  • Spring 2018
  • Section L29 CRN-25172
  • 3 Credits
  • 02/05/2018 to 05/10/2018
  • Modified 02/04/2018

Meeting Times

Lecture and Labs

  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM, F-241

Contact Information

Instructor: Mrs. Kelli M. Adam

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, F-241


Current personal computer hardware including assembly, upgrading, setup, configuration, and troubleshooting.



Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


1. Assemble, setup and upgrade personal computer systems

2. Diagnose and isolate faulty components

3. Optimize system performance

4. Install and connect peripherals


TestOut PC Pro 220-801 & 220-802 Lab Sim

  • Author: TestOut
  • Publisher: TestOut
  • ISBN: 2818440015816
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore and Online

Flash Drive

USB Flash thumb drive

Course Requirements

Students should maintain at least a 70% average on all coursework.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Exams 40%

Four major exams

Labs 30%

Online and in-class labs

Final Exam 10%

TestOut PC Pro Certification exam

Class Participation 10%

Daily contributions to discussion and labs

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, and campus carry.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s BlinnBuc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for BlinnBuc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Student Email

Blinn students are issued email addresses by Blinn College. Your Blinn email account is the OFFICIAL means of communication between the instructor and the student.

Exam Review Procedures

Regular exams will be administered online. Students are encouraged to question exam answers via research and study. Opinions are nice but will not override facts. If there is an error in the questions or answers as posted, please notify me via email so the class may receive credit and the exam may be improved.

Deadlines for Assignments and Labs

Assignment Zero (Asg0), found in each course on eCampus, MUST be completed before a student will be allowed to take a regular exam.

Students will submit their assignments and labs before the beginning of class on the date the assignment is due. Credit for late submissions is at the discretion of the Instructor.

Reading and Research

In order to be successful in the computer field one must build an extensive personal library. Different authors and imprints have varied approaches as to how they present information. Books used in the program were selected based on extensive research by the instructors; however, the approach may not be a style which you find comfortable. To fully understand content and concepts you may need to acquire additional references or visit additional sources. You are encouraged to do research on the Web, visit the Blinn Library or purchase additional texts to aid in your education.

Information Technology Lab Hours and Decorum

The Program maintains a laboratory of computers that have all required application programs required by all IT courses. Use of the laboratory is not required if you have access to alternate resources. Feel free to use them. The normal hours of operation of this lab are 0800 to 2100. The lab is closed on weekends and College holidays.

Because the laboratory and the classroom are the same room, please guard your behavior while classes are in session. Your dress and behavior should reflect your training for a professional position. Hats will be removed while in the lab. Food and tobacco products are not permitted. Recycle bins are stationed at both ladder wells for metal and plastic containers; use them instead of the lab trash cans for recyclable materials.

Removable Hard Drives

The Program maintains a large number of removable hard drives (rhd) for use in the Dell Precision T3620 tower workstations. When the instructor determines need, a student or team will be issued a rhd for a course, which is recorded on the deconfliction sheets posted on the blue doors to the front right side of the lab. Ensure proper insertion and locking of the rhd before powering the tower, and stopping of the tower before unlocking and removing the rhd from its cradle. Keys for the cradles stay in the lab. Deconfliction sheets may also indicate statically assigned IP addresses, in addition to the name of the student. Do not use a hard drive you have not been authorized. Store your rhd with the other rhds of its series on the shelves at the front of the lab. Maintain order and cleanliness of all lab spaces.

Professional Disclaimer

Working with computers in any area provides a very challenging career. Changes in the computer industry are very rapid. The computer industry has created a 7/24 existence and service requirements are almost always an emergency. If you know anything about a computer, most users expect you to know everything. As a computer professional you are expected to keep up with the technology in almost every area. Your training and education as a Network Administrator only begins at Blinn College. To keep up with the rapid changes and the expanding environment you must continue learning every day.

The Information Technology Program at Blinn College expects students to perform in class the same way they would on the job. As a student of Information Technology you must read assignments in advance, research topics outside of class, and submit professional quality assignments. In short, you work your way through the program as if you were employed by the program. The instructors of the Information Technology Program view your time at Blinn College as on-the-job training.

The Information Technology Program is small enough that we take a serious interest in all our students. Your academic and professional development is important to us because your success is our success. You are encouraged to communicate openly with your instructors; you are also encouraged to communicate with the program coordinator for any reason.

Learning Activities

Course information will be presented and described using a wide variety of methods. These methods may include but are not limited to, any of the following: Lecture, videos, slides, projects, web searches, student research resulting in written or oral reports, guest instructors, discussion of examinations, etc. 

Instructors will bring information to class from a variety of sources and will generally expand on information contained in the required readings.




Class Details

Weekly Hours


Mon Feb 05

Assignment 0; Computing Overview; TO1 labs



Wed Feb 07




Mon Feb 12

PC Technician; TO2 labs



Wed Feb 14

System Components; TO3 labs



Mon Feb 19

cont.; EXAM 1



Wed Feb 21

Peripheral Devices; TO4 labs



Mon Feb 26




Wed Feb 28

Storage; TO5 labs



Mon Mar 05




Wed Mar 07

Networking; TO6 labs



Mon Mar 12




Wed Mar 14




Mon Mar 19

cont.; EXAM 2



Wed Mar 21

Printing; TO7 labs



Mon Mar 26

Mobile Devices; TO8 labs



Wed Mar 28




Mon Apr 02

Windows Management; TO9 labs



Wed Apr 04

cont.; EXAM 3



Mon Apr 09

System Implementation; TO10 labs



Wed Apr 11




Mon Apr 16

File Management; TO11 labs



Wed Apr 18




Mon Apr 23

Security; TO12 labs



Wed Apr 25

cont.; EXAM 4



Mon Apr 30

Troubleshooting; TO13 labs



Wed May 02

In-class Build Lab; Last Class Day








Total Course Hours