Courses Catalogue

Computer Maintenance And Trouble Shooting

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Information Technology, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Mathematics and Computing
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

Course Description:

The course provides students with theory and hands-on exploration towards the maintenance and repair of personal computers. Students will become familiar with the necessary tools and equipment involved in computer servicing and the specifics of hardware upgrades. This course provides an in-depth look at the hardware components of a personal computer and what they look like with the focus on proper installation and administration throughout the course. Students learn to identify, install and configure several computer hardware components. This course also provides students with an understanding of basic hardware components, features of a personal computer; how hardware and software work together; installation, maintenance, and support of various hardware components. These components include: various types of processor chips, motherboards, supporting I/O devices, memory modules, floppy drives, hard drives, SCSI drives and mass storage device installation and maintenance considerations, peripherals support, multi-media devices, supporting modems, basic network terminology, concepts and topology designs, troubleshooting and maintenance fundamentals and considerations, purchasing and building considerations of a personal computer.

For first time learners,  it is designed to introduce students who have never used a computer to the basic elements of running a computer in a comfortable, structured manner with significant instructor support in the lecture/demonstration mode, which involves both practical and theory classes.

Course Objective:

This course is intended to help learners in the following areas:

1.    Assemble/setup and upgrade personal computer systems


2.    Distinguish each type of RAM and explain the implications of the differences in RAM type.


3.    Identify different CPU types and will be able to implement the correct cooling methods for each CPU type.


4.    Identify storage devices and related media, and install, configure, and maintain storage.


5.    Identify multiple different expansion cards and will be able to install and configure them.

6.    Identify connector types and specifications and will also be able to install and configure them. Perform installation, configuration, and upgrading of microcomputer hardware and software.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course the students will be able to do the following:

  1. Explain major types, trends, and uses of microcomputer, midrange and mainframe computer systems
  2. -Identify and give examples of the components and functions of a computer system
  3. -Identify the computer systems and peripherals you would acquire or recommend for a business of your choice, and explain the reasons for your selections.