MIS 140 Computer Operations
Fall 2016-2017 -
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 AM - 3:15 PM
CompTIA A+ Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs, 4th Edition
(ISBN 9780071795913 or e-book ISBN
9780071809481) by Michael Meyers
||215 Zurn, also check Old Main Computer Labs
MWF 11:00-11:50, Tues. 9:30-10:30 307 Old Main and MW 1:00-1:50 Old Main computer labs.
Also by appointment.
This course introduces the basic of computer architecture
and how the software enables the computer to function. Students will gain
knowledge and skill in installing and configuring computer hardware
drives, motherboards, memory, network/communications interfaces, printers and
other peripherals. Additional topics include evaluation and installation
of software, operating systems, error analysis, backup/recovery, security, virus
protection and performing diagnostics. We are currently using the Windows 10
operating system. You will install windows 10 and other OSes. You are expected to be competent in the use of a word processor and use of a spreadsheet (Word and Excel)
or have completed Advanced Computer
Applications (MIS 110) or have permission to take this course.
- The student will become knowledgeable about
Windows 10 and other operating systems.
- The student will be able to evaluate/discuss and replace/install:
computer motherboards, hard drives, DVD drive, power supply, and
computer cards, such as video, network, and input/output.
- The student will become knowledgeable about BIOS,
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), the boot process, bus
expansion slots and how data is stored and retrieved.
- The student will learn the basics of computer diagnostics and
- The student will be able to evaluate and install software packages.
- The student will learn about virus protection and detection.
- The student will learn how to back up and restore data.
- The student will understand how to evaluate, setup and operate printers.
Some classes will consist of lecture only, some will consist of laboratory work
only and some classes will consist of both. During the lab times we will examine computers inside and outside, build
new computers, install peripherals cards, install hard drives, install software,
and perform diagnostics.
The course will cover topics found in chapters 3 -
12,19, 20 and 26. Seldom will complete chapters be covered. Topics from other chapters
and other sources will also be covered. Tests and homework will only be from
material covered in class, labs or given as outside reading. I advise you to
take sufficient notes in order to understand the topics and what you are
responsible for knowing.
COURSE EVALUATION:Although I will not formally check attendance, I
do expect you to attend class.
If you miss an in class activity you will not be able to make up the points for
that activity. Even if someone gives you their notes to fill in for information
you missed you will not get the points.
Homework will be assigned often. The homework will be scaled at the end
of the term so that perfect homework total is worth 80 points.
All homework is due at the beginning of the next class after it was
assigned. No homework will be accepted
at times other than the due time except with a prior valid excuse or under
extremely extenuating circumstances. All homework must
be done on 8.5 by 11 inches paper only with no ragged edges. Do not turn in
homework torn from a spiral notebook without trimming the ragged edges! Problems must
be numbered. Try to be organized and neat as possible. No red ink or red
pencil may be used on your work. Some in class activities will count towards
the homework points.Any homework turned in that does not comply
with these conditions will be ignored.
Do your OWN work. Do not loan homework to a fellow student. It is OK for
students to help each other and to share ideas and knowledge. Students
who copy homework will receive an F for the assignment.
When building the PCs you will be required to maintain a lab journal, which will
be turned in two times during term for grading. These will be worth 20 points
each. All students involved in copying a project will
receive an F for both.
Any topics covered in class, from the labs or assigned
readings is material for examination. Any test may also include a “hands on
computer” component. There will be
three in-class exams (tentative dates are
Sept 20, Oct 20, Dec 1) and a comprehensive
final exam (Dec 15, 1:00-3:00 pm). Each exam is worth 100 points and the final is worth 130
points. Since I do not ordinarily give make-up exams, only the most serious reason
constitutes an excuse for missing an exam. The in-class exams are one hour
long and there will be class after the exams are turned in. Any student who is caught cheating
during an exam, as a first offense, will receive 0 points on that exam.
Students with a second offense of cheating will receive the grade of "F" in the
Your final grade will be assigned by taking your total accumulated
points, dividing by total number of possible points (550) and multiplying by
100%, wherever this resultant fits in the table that is your final letter
The schedule is tentative and can be modified at any time if needed. While every effort will
be made to adhere to the syllabus, I reserve the right to amend the syllabus when deemed necessary.
The student is responsible for noting of any changes, which will be announced during class periods. There is no extra credit
for this course on an individual basis. If I decide to use the extra credit option it will be available for the entire class.
- Attend class prepared, ready to hand in homework and ready to work.
- If you miss a class you are responsible for the material covered. I will
not re-teach the material during office hours or another class.
- You may use a calculator, unless I explicitly say you can not.
- If appropriate, a laptop, mobile device or computer may be used for note taking or for use of an e-book,
however I may ask you to move to a less disruptive location. Other uses of such devices is prohibited.
The following class room behaviors are not acceptable at the University, and will not be tolerated.
- Attending class late or leaving class and returning. If you leave do not return!
- Cell phone usage / texting / usage of a recreational electronic device / internet usage.Turn them off!
- Reading outside material (Merciad, magazines, etc.)
- Sleeping or disruptive behavior
- General disrespect to students or faculty