This course is an in-depth exposure to computer hardware concentrating on CompTIA A+ Core 1 objectives. Students learn the functionality of computer hardware and suggested best practices in maintenance and safety issues. Through hands-on activities and labs, students learn how to assemble and configure computer hardware and the basic installation of Windows operating systems. In addition, an introduction to networking is included. This course prepares students for the first exam in CompTIA’s A+ certification path, CORE 1 (220-1001). Students registering for this course should be proficient in daily computer use (such as downloading and installing software from the Internet) and should be familiar with basic computer terms.