MIR355 - Microcomputer Repair

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Subject Title
Microcomputer Repair

Subject Description

This subject covers the introductory and intermediate features of Microcomputer Repair, with emphasis on x86-based PCs using Microsoft operating systems (Windows 7, 8 and 10). The students will obtain hands-on experience in defining components, basic fault analysis and troubleshooting, and installing/troubleshooting operating systems.

Upon successful completion, students will be able to fully disassemble and re-assemble a microcomputer, install a Windows-based operating system and optimize the computer system using windows native tools as well as third-party software (antivirus, secure browser, compression tools etc.)

Emphasis will also be placed on troubleshooting computer systems and detect and repair hardware and software related issues.

Students will gain competency in virtualization, Mac OSX, Linux Fedora as well as strategic research using various online resources to assist with understanding the ever-changing world of computers and IT.

Finally, students will be able to understand and create a basic local area network using a router, switch and the necessary cabling hardware.

This course provides a good foundation for further study in the microcomputer hardware area, leading to A+ certification.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Electronic Engineering Technician (EEN), Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) and the Computer Engineering Technology programs.

One credit towards the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training, Applied Electronic Troubleshooting Techniques certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1)    1. Identification of key functional blocks and components of a computer system either from schematic diagrams or in actual hardware.

2. Basic troubleshooting of computer hardware and software using knowledge acquired in this course as well as using the internet as a search tool for further troubleshooting capabilities.

3.  Use appropriate tools for the assembly/disassembly of a Personal Computer.

4.  Understand the function, features and properties of:
(a) motherboard support chipsets
(b) system bios
(c) Flash ROM BIOS
(d) ISA, PCI, PCI-E, AGP, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), USB, IDE/SATA and SCSI
(e) memory devices/modules
(f) IDE/ATA, ATAPI and SATA devices
(g) computer power supplies

5.  Install, configure, and troubleshoot hard disk drives (including formatting, partitioning and operation) and CD/DVD-ROM drives.

6.  Install, configure, and troubleshoot basic expansion cards and computer peripherals such as webcams, printers, etc.

7.  Adjust settings and configurations (relating to software and/or hardware) within the Windows 7/8/10, Mac and Linux environments and installing and configuring third-party software.

8.  Understand the concept of virtualization in an Oracle Virtual Box environment.

9.  Create a basic local area network using a router and switching hardware.


Essential Employability Skills
Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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