CS 80.15: IT Essentials 1

Eric Skagerberg

PROVISIONAL Semester Schedule (subject to regular change)

 AS OF: 8 August, 2013

Spring 2013

Section 8351
Tuesday 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

 
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Live Online Class via CCC Confer/Elluminate
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Prepare first with the Recorded Lecture Archive Guide.

Windows 7 Supplement (Download 636 KB "en_ITEPC_Windows_7_Supplement.pdf")

 

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Recorded Lecture Archive Guide

Recorded lectures require your CATE user name & password.

1 Tue 01/15
5:30 pm

Course introduction
Using your Cisco Academy Connection account
Skills Review Exam
CATE setup
Chapter 1. Fundamentals: Introduction to the Personal Computer
CompTIA A+ certification
Multi-core processor  - Wikipedia
- Intel Core Processors

Computer Form Factors - Wikipedia
Additional port types:  USB up to 3.0 | Thunderbolt

  Recorded Lecture 01-15
2 01/22

Chapter 1. Fundamentals: Introduction to the Personal Computer
Storage Capacity Numbers:  How big is a Gig?
3 TB Hard Drives: Can Your Computer Handle One? - Hitachi
Additional hard drive interface:  Serial Attached SCSI  (SAS) - Wikipedia
RAID Illustrations - LasCon Storage
Media Sizes
Media Types


(Sun. 01/27: Last day to drop with full refund)

Chapter 1 Assessment Exam
1.1.2 Worksheet: Job Opportunities
1.4.7 Worksheet: Research Computer Components

Recorded Lecture 01-22
3 01/29

Chapter 2. Fundamentals: Safe Lab Procedure and Tool Use
Fire Extinguisher Classes - University of Akron
OSHA Material Safety Data Sheet
Free MSDS - MSDS Solutions
CCleaner for Windows
User Support Toolkit - Thanks to Scott Rosen's Spring 2012 CS 5 course
Virtual Desktop hardware exercise (Download & extract 63 MB "en_ITEPC_VA_Desktop_v40.zip")


Chapter 3. Fundamentals: Computer Assembly Step by Step

Computer case assembly - with photos - Cybergooch Tutorials

(Sun. 02/03: Last day to drop without "W")

Chapter 2 Assessment Exam - 70% required before the hands-on lab!
2.2.2 Worksheet: Diagnostic Software

Obtain a Tool Kit for next week's hands-on Lab
- see text section 2.2.1, and "Materials and Supplies" in the Course Description.
A few possible sources:
- HSC Electronics, Rohnert Park

- Harbor Freight Tools, Santa Rosa
- Santa Rosa Computers
- Suggest more!

Recorded Lecture 01-29
4 02/05 Chapter 3. Fundamentals: Computer Assembly Step by Step
Dell Enterprise IT Support - An example of manufacturer support; enter the individual Dell computer's Service Tag 
PCI Express - Wikipedia
USB 3.0 adapter cards - Google Shopping

HDMI audio/video interface - Wikipedia

Lab: Computer Dissection - Please bring your tool kit! 
NOTE: Before opening a computer, you must first pass the online Chapter 2 Assessment Exam with at least 70%
Chapter 3 Assessment Exam  Recorded Lecture 02-05
5 02/12 Chapter 4. Fundamentals: Basics of Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Secunia Personal Software Inspector (free)

Chapter 5. Fundamentals: Operating Systems
Windows Command Line Topics
- including Windows version histories
 
Lab: Computer Dissection, Round 2
Please bring your tool kit!
 
(No Assessment Exam for Chapter 4) Recorded Lecture 02-12
6 02/19 Chapter 5. Fundamentals: Operating Systems
Real Mode - Wikipedia
The 3 GB memory barrier in 32-bit systems - Dan's Data

DOSBox emulator - Run old DOS applications on 64-bit Windows

Client-Server illustration

Lab: Windows XP Installation
Bring your tool kit and a copy of 5.4.2 Lab: Install Windows XP from the online text.
Dell Optiplex 745 Drivers & Downloads - especially the latest network driver.
-
You may download to your USB flash drive, and then install to your new XP system.  
(Sun. 02/24: Last day to change to or from P/NP)
  Recorded Lecture 02-19
7 02/26

Chapter 5. Fundamentals: Operating Systems
Hard Disk Drive Basics - NTFS.com
How a Hard Drive Works - ExtremeTech.com
MSDNAA Dreamspark: How to Upgrade Windows 7 Home to Windows 7 Professional - Microsoft Answers forum
Windows 7 Compatibility Center

- Windows 7 & Vista Startup Process - Wikipedia
 
- DirectX - Wikipedia
   
- PC Decrapifier
- Disk Backup
(Enter CATE user name and password) - CS 182.52 Disk Backup & Online Files

Lab: Windows 7 Installation

Chapter 5 Assessment Exam
5.2.2 Worksheet: NOS Certifications and Jobs
5.3.2 Worksheet: Upgrade Hardware Components
5.4.9 Worksheet: Answer NTFS and FAT32 Questions
Recorded Lecture 02-26
8 03/05

Chapter 5. Fundamentals: Operating Systems
"Five Best Disk Defragmenters" - Lifehacker
"The Complete Guide to Windows System Restore" - Lifehacker

Chapter 6. Fundamentals: Laptops and Portable Devices
Laptop components exploded diagram - PC Hardtech
Laptop Parts - Inn Pro Enterprises, India
Comparison of Mobile Processors (CPU Benchmarks) - NotebookCheck

Lab: Laptop Dissection - Please bring your tool kit! 

Chapter 7. Fundamentals: Printers and Scanners
How Laser Printers Work - Tom Harris, HowStuffWorks
How Do I Make My Printer Wireless? - PrinterHacks.com

Chapter 6 Assessment Exam  
6.1.2 Worksheet: Research Laptops, Smartphones, and PDAs
6.2.3 Worksheet: Complete Docking Stations True or False Questions
6.3.4 Worksheet: Answer Laptop Expansion Questions
6.4.1 Worksheet: Match ACPI Standards
6.7.2 Worksheet: Research Laptop Problems
 

Virtual Laptop hardware exercise (Download & extract 40 MB "en_ITEPC_VA_Laptop_v40.zip")

Chapter 7 Assessment Exam   

Recorded Lecture 03-05
9 03/12

Chapter 7. Fundamentals: Printers and Scanners  
How Does a Laser Write on Paper? - YouTube video, Lexmark
Printer ink: Tired of feeding the cash cow? - ComputerWorld
Fujitsu ScanSnap Duplex Desktop Scanner - NewEgg

Chapter 8. Fundamentals: Networks
Client-Server illustration
- Internet Addressing - CS 182.51: Security for Cable and DSL Home Networks
IP v6 (Internet Protocol version 6) - Wikipedia

 

Chapter 8 Assessment Exam
8.3.2 Worksheet: Identify IP Address Classes
8.9.1 Worksheet: Internet Search for NIC Drivers
8.10.3 Worksheet: Answer Broadband Questions
8.12.2 Worksheet: Diagnose a Network Problem


Packet Tracer v5.3.3 Application + Tutorial (Download & install "PacketTracer533_setup.exe")
Packet Tracer activity: Cabling a Simple Network (Chapter section 8.4.2)
Packet Tracer activity: Adding Computers to an Existing Network (Chapter section 8.9.2)   
Recorded Lecture 03-12
  03/19
* * * No meeting: Spring Break * * *
   
10 03/26

Chapter 8. Fundamentals: Networks 
How To Install the Windows 7 Telnet Client - Tech-Recipes
- Warning: Telnet is not secure!
ADSL2+ - Wikipedia
    

Chapter 9. Fundamentals: Security
CS 82.51: Virus Protection & Internet Security (Requires your CATE password)

Chapter 9 Assessment Exam
9.1 Worksheet: Security Attacks
9.2.1 Worksheet: Third-Party Anti-Virus Software
9.4.2 Worksheet: Operating System Updates
9.5.2 Worksheet: Gather Information from the Customer

Recorded Lecture 03-26
11 04/02

Chapter 9. Fundamentals: Security
Small Office Network Security - CS 182.51: Security for Cable and DSL Home Networks
- Attackers Using DNS Poisoning to Hijack Website Domains, Divert Traffic - eWeek

Chapter 10. Fundamentals: Communication Skills
Soft Skills: Take command of job with clear communication, initiative - CapitalGazette.com
Email Etiquette - Netmanners.com

Chapter 10 Assessment Exam  
10.1 Worksheet: Technician Resources

Practice Exam (mid-term) for Chapters 1-10  (does not count for your grade)

Recorded Lecture 04-02
12 04/09

Chapter 11. Advanced: Personal Computers
- PCPartPicker
- Crucial.com - for RAM upgrades
- Memtest86+ - Open source RAM tester
- SpeedFan - Hardware monitor
- CrystalDiskInfo - Hard drive monitor

Exam Chapters 1-10 (Midterm Exam) in classroom

Exam Chapters 1-10 (Midterm Exam) in classroom
- You may use your notes on paper only -- either hand-written or printed. No on-screen material, other than the exam..
Recorded Lecture 04-09
13 04/16

Chapter 11. Advanced: Personal Computers
How to Keep Your Computer Dust-Free - Lightspeeds Computer Repair

Chapter 12. Advanced: Operating Systems
Windows 7 edition comparisons - Microsoft
Comparison of Windows Versions - Wikipedia
Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployment for IT Professionals - Microsoft 
Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista
- Visual BCD Editor - How To and Help
Windows Sysinternals Process Explorer (like Task Manager on steroids...) - Microsoft
GPartEd: Gnome Partition Editor
Auslogics Disk Defrag Screen Saver (Use "click here" link to download - not CNet) (2010)
JkDefrag - includes a screen saver (2008)
Windows Secrets weekly newsletter - Paid version includes "Patch Watch" column, evaluating security updates

Extend the Windows 7 Trial from 30 to 120 Days - How-To Geek

(Sun. 04/21: Last day to drop with "W")

Chapter 11 Assessment Exam
11.1 Worksheet: Job Opportunities
11.3.7 Worksheet: Research Computer Components
Recorded Lecture 04-16
14 04/23

Chapter 12. Advanced: Operating Systems
8 Worst Windows 8 Annoyances and How to Fix Them - Laptop Magazine
How to Make Windows 8 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 - Laptop Magazine
Start Button and Menu:
- StartIsBack
- Start8 download - Stardock
- Classic Shell
ModernMix download (runs Metro/Modern apps in a window) - Stardock
Windows 8's hidden backup - Ars Technica
Windows 8 File History automatic data-only backup - MSDN Blogs
Creating a Windows 8 System Repair Disc - Windows Eight Forums

Chapter 13. Advanced: Laptops and Portable Devices

Lab: Operating Systems: Windows 8

Chapter 12 Assessment Exam

Chapter 13 Assessment Exam
13.2 Worksheet: Investigating Repair Centers
13.3.1 Worksheet: Laptop Batteries
13.3.2 Worksheet: Docking Station
13.3.3 Worksheet:ResearchDVDDrives
13.3.4 Worksheet: Laptop RAM
13.5.3 Worksheet: Verify Work Order Information
13.5.3 Worksheet: Investigating Support Websites and Repair Companies

Recorded Lecture 04-23
15 04/30

Chapter 13. Advanced: Laptops and Portable Devices
How to Synchronize Files Between Two Windows 7 Systems - O'Reilly Answers
- Microsoft SkyDrive: replaces Windows Live Mesh & Windows Live Sync
- Dropbox
- Google Drive

- Comparison of file hosting services - Wikipedia
How to work with Windows Briefcase - Ask Dave Taylor

Chapter 14. Advanced: Printers and Scanners

Chapter 15. Advanced: Networks
(Mon 04/29: Summer Priority Web Registration for continuing students begins)
Chapter 14 Assessment Exam
14.5.1 Worksheet: Search for Certified Printer Technician Jobs
Recorded Lecture 04-30
16 05/07

Chapter 15. Advanced: Networks
Linksys WRT54G router setup (in Windows XP) - Datastormusers.com

Home/Small Office Network Security (Requires your CATE password)
Twisted Pair network cable - Wikipedia
One Laptop Per Child (uses IEEE 802.11s mesh network topology) - Wikipedia
Ethernet connector wiring - including crossover cable - Camsecure CCTV


Lab: Networking

Student drive boot menu
Networking between different Windows versions - Microsoft
Networking Windows 7 with XP and Vista - How-To Geek
How to share a Windows 7 folder With Windows XP - Uttam in Windows 7 Themes
Windows 7 Homegroups - LifeHacker

(Mon 05/06: Summer Open Web Registration for ALL students begins)

Chapter 15 Assessment Exam
15.2.2 Worksheet: Protocols
15.3.2 Worksheet: ISP Connection Types


Packet Tracer v5.3.3 Application + Tutorial (Download & install "PacketTracer533_setup.exe")
Packet Tracer activity: Install a Wireless NIC (Chapter section 15.5.1)
Packet Tracer activity: Test a Wireless Connection (Chapter section 15.5.3)
Recorded Lecture 05-07
17 05/14

= All Worksheet PDF files due =

Chapter 16. Advanced: Security
CS 82.51: Virus Protection & Internet Security (Requires your CATE password)
AV-Comparatives
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10

Lab: Network Sharing & Security

Kaspersky Internet Security free trial
Malwarebytes Chameleon disinfection

Chapter 16 Assessment Exam
16.1.1 Worksheet: Answer Security Policy Questions
16.2.3 Worksheet: Research Firewalls

Practice Final Exam for Chapters 11-16 (does not count for your grade)

Recorded Lecture 05-14
Final Tue 05/21 Final Exam Chapters 11-16 in classroom
4:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
- You may use your notes on paper only -- either hand-written or printed. No on-screen material, other than the exam..