Excellent course. I have been working with PCs and "pre-PCs" since 1980. I was not sure how useful this course would be to me. I was pleasantly surprised - I feel I have enhanced my knowledge and look forward to more advanced A+ courses. However the quizzes could be longer and somewhat more difficult. Great Job Scott!
From a complete beginner standpoint--an excellent way to step into the subject--material presented is clear and reinforced. Discussion areas were entertaining and informative, especially the reports covering the lab computer assignments. Learned some basics(will never forget) and know exactly which lessons need further review/study! Enjoyed the course!
I have been tweaking computers on my own for the past eight years;learning as I go. The knowledge I gained through this class was invaluable. The lesson assignments were right on target. The information was clear and precise. I am anticipating the Intermediate course with fervent optimism.
Instructor has a very charming pleasant attitude with a great sense of humor. He is a good writer. And he is responsive and helpful. :)
I really love the writing style of my instructor! He makes it so easy to understand things - even if you are somewhat new to computers!
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and the wit of Scott. Being more of the programmer than the tech, this course offered insights into the tech terms I have often heard but was not able to put a 'name to the face'. Thank you for making it simpler to understand.
The class was outstanding and Scott is a wonderful instructor. I look forward to continuing the online classes and I will tell everyone I know how great and user friendly the online classes are to those who choose to use them! Thanks for the opportunity!
The lectures were extremely well written and easy to understand. I commend the instructor on both the material oranization and his writing style.
This course is the first I have come to know "HOW" it all comes together. Wish I'd done this a long time ago. The course would benefit anyone that is half way technically inclined or just curious, and has a PC at home to maintain.
This was my third online computer course and I think it was the best course as far as material presented and exactly what I was looking for in understanding computer operations.
Course Code: ac1
Get the scoop on how the many components of the personal computer work together, how professional techs behave and interact with clients, and learn a tried-and-true troubleshooting methodology that will apply to all tech situations. Then, begin learning proper tech terminology and familiarize yourself with standard computer components.
Dive into the important safety techniques that every good tech absolutely needs to know. Then, learn all about central processing units, the core processing component in every PC, and gain practical information and advice on installing and troubleshooting CPUs.
Learn about the different varieties of RAM and proper techniques for installing it as well as troubleshooting RAM and memory problems. Then, learn about the essential programming that makes computers function, what's called the BIOS or UEFI.
Learn everything you need to know about motherboard form factors, types of expansion slots, and installation steps for expansion cards as well as upgrading, installing, and troubleshooting. Then, get an introduction to power supplies and the basics of powering a PC including power supply standards and how to install one in your PC.
Learn about devices that enable you to input data into your computer such as keyboards, mice, and multimedia devices. Then, dig into hard drive technologies, including traditional hard disk drives and modern solid-state drives and the fundamentals of protecting data with RAID technology.
Learn how to prepare a hard drive for use by an operating system. Finally, you'll learn about the various forms of removable media including flash media like USB thumb drives and memory cards and optical media like DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, as well as external drives.
With a Master of Arts degree in Medieval History, Scott Jernigan feels as much at home in the musty archives of London as he does in the warm glow of a computer monitor. Scott teaches A+ Certification and PC hardware classes around the country, including several stints at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, Lucent Technologies in Baltimore, MD, and the United Nations in New York City. Scott has also edited numerous computer books, including the best-selling "All in One A+ Certification Exam Guide" and the "Network+ Certification Exam Guide" from McGraw-Hill. Practicing what he teaches, Scott is an A+ and Network+ Certified Technician.
A solid conceptual and practical knowledge of Windows (Vista, 7, or 8/8.1/10).
It's also recommended that you have a PC that you can take apart and put back together again. This can be anything from an ancient Intel 286 to a newer 486 or beyond. Because of the dangers of electro-static discharge (to the machine, not the student), we do not require you to tear apart your own primary computer. This is, however, a class that trains you to be a hardware technician - having a machine to play with greatly helps your learning.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.