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.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

LIN155 & LNX155

Topic Outline

  1.     Introducing hardware
  2.     Introducing operating systems
  3.     PC repair fundamentals
  4.     Form factors and power supplies
  5.     Processors and chipsets
  6.     Motherboards
  7.     Upgrading memory
  8.     Hard drives
  9.     Installing and supporting I/O devices
  10.     Multimedia devices and mass storage
  11.     Installing Windows 7/8
  12.     Maintaining Windows 7/8
  13.     Supporting Windows 7/8 users and their data
  14.     Troubleshooting Windows 7/8 startup
  15.     Notebooks, MAC products

NOTE: A more detailed topic outline covering theory and lab topics, including the course project, will be made available at the beginning of the semester.

Mode of Instruction
Lecture hours:  2
Lab hours: 2
Total hours: 4

Prescribed Texts
Title:  A+ Guide to Managing and Maintaining Your PC, 8th edition
Author:  Jean Andrews
Publisher:   Thomson Course Technology
ISBN:   9781133135081

NOTE: Lab notes and/or instructions will be handed out or made available on-line on an ongoing basis.

Reference Material
Title:  A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition (2007)
Authors: Quentin Docter, Emett Dulaney, and Toby Skandier
Publisher: Sybex/Wiley
ISBN:  0-470-04831-X 

Required Supplies

  1.     A USB flash drive is required (high-speed recommended).
  2.     Tool kit for PC repair and maintenance, including ESD strap (details will be given in class).

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.   

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Quizzes: 10%
Term Test 1: 15%
Term Test 2: 15%
Lab Test: 20%
Labs: 15%
Assignment: 5%
Final Exam: 20%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle