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CIS 230 Computer Hardware
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CIS 110 or CIS 105 or CIS 121 or consent of instructor.

This class is an introduction to the installation, configuration, upgrading, diagnosing and troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance of hardware systems built upon the PC/Intel 80x86 architecture. The class covers the basic hardware components, assembling the components into a working system, loading an operating system onto the hardware, and loading or upgrading software drivers for hardware. The course will also cover hardware peripherals such as printers, scanners, and displays as well as some basic networking. The class is a combination of lecture and hand-on training. Course is repeatable to twelve credits. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Available Prerequisite and Description effective Summer 2006: Grade of C or better in CIS 115 or concurrent enrollment in CIS 115 or consent of instructor Introduction to computer hardware, utilizing systems based on Intel and AMD microprocessors, running under MS-DOC/MS-Windows operating systems. The course details, through theoretical lectures and practical construction, how various pieces of electronic hardware (Input devices, Output devices, Processing devices, and Storage devices) operate and interface with 1) the user, 2) the operating system, and 3) application programs to convert data into useful information. All aspects of the computer system will be covered, including power sources and protection, the BIOS interface, system busses (ISA, EISA, MCA, VESA, PCI), chipsets, primary storage (memory), secondary storage standards and interfaces, video processing and display standards and technologies, sound processing techniques, and communications/connectivity standards. Course is repeatable to twelve credits. (1.2) On Demand Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Available