This course is an in-depth exposure to computer hardware and operating systems. Students learn the functionality of hardware and software components as well as suggested best practices in maintenance and safety issues. Through hands-on activities and labs, students learn how to assemble and configure a computer as well as install multiple operating systems and diagnostic application utilities. In addition, an introduction to networking is included. This course prepares for the CompTIA’s A+ certification through the use of materials that align to the A+ Exams. 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 computer terms.