A+ Certification Preparation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 150

       Course Name: A+ Certification Preparation

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ELT 130 and ELT 140

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is designed to build upon the knowledge learned in ELT 130 and ELT 140 and to prepare the student to pass the A+ Certification exam. Content includes sample exams and material covered on the exam. A+ Certification determines a level of competence in the computer hardware business, which may be required or considered an advantage when employing a computer technician.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • Assemble components based on customer requirements
  • Install, configure and maintain devices, PCs and software for end users
  • Understand the basics of networking and security/forensics
  • Properly and safely diagnose, resolve and document common hardware and software issues
  • Apply troubleshooting skills
  • Provide appropriate customer support
  • Understand the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging and deployment

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The primary methods of instruction will be via lecture and sample exams.  The course will be one half lecture and one half review.  The lecture will consist of topics listed in section VI of the syllabus.  The review section will consist of a review of selected topics listed in Section VII of the syllabus.  The topics will be reviewed by taking sample tests and discussing the answers in class.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will study from the textbook; take notes from the lecture, as well as study concepts presented by sample A+ exams.   Homework problems will be assigned to reinforce the lecture and review.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Exams 60%
Lab Assignments 20%
Homework Assignments 20%

XI.   Other Course Information

Comptia Website: www.comptia.org



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Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.