The A+ Certification offers students the opportunity to earn a credential demonstrating
basic competency in the area of computer hardware and software. The certificate consists
of one course the prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification exams which are
recognized by the computer industry around the world. It gives those who are unable,
or do not need, to complete a degree a way of demonstrating their level of proficiency.
4 Credit Hours
Upon completion of this program, the graduate can:
- Identify and explain motherboard components.
- Identify, install, configure, and upgrade personal computer components.
- Perform device driver installation, scheduled maintenance, and memory and firmware
- Identify common tools, basic diagnostic procedures, troubleshooting techniques, and
preventive maintenance methods.
- Explain and apply the troubleshooting process to diagnose and repair common hardware
and software problems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of conversion between binary, decimal, hexadecimal number
- Compare and contrast client operating systems and their features.
- Use multiple user interfaces, including command-line, to perform operating system
management tasks; to configure, optimize, and upgrade the current client operating
systems; and to diagnose network connection issues.
- Use and manage file systems, operating system utilities, backup programs, and optimization
- Describe the process to install, configure, secure, and troubleshoot a basic small
or home office network.
- Identify the fundamental principles of networking and security.
- Describe and apply appropriate operational procedures including safety, environmental
procedures, good communication skills, and professional behavior.
- CIT 111 - Computer Hardware and Software
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