A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? 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.
Lesson 01 - Video Technologies
In this first lesson, I'll take you through the details of monitors—standard desktop and projectors—and video cards. You'll learn how they work and function together to produce the display you see, and how to install and troubleshoot them.
Lesson 02 - Multimedia
In Lesson 2, I'll delve into the details of multimedia. We'll explore how sound works in a digital environment, examine all the components that work to record and play back video, and learn how 3-D graphics work.
Lesson 03 - Portable Computing Devices
Today we'll examine the many features of portable computers. We'll explore the many ways to expand the capabilities of portables, from connecting to external monitors to docking stations. We'll also look at how to upgrade, manage, maintain, repair, and troubleshoot them.
Lesson 04 - Essentials of Networking
In Lesson 4, I'll introduce you to the essentials of networking. We'll cover topics such as network hardware and topologies. I'll teach you about Ethernet, coaxial and fiber cabling technologies, and more. Let's connect!
Lesson 05 - Local Area Networking
In this lesson, we'll delve deeper into networking. You'll learn about the TCP/IP protocol, and how to install, configure, and troubleshoot a basic network.
Lesson 06 - Wireless Networking
Today we'll explore wireless technologies, starting with the basics, such as components, software, modes, security, speed, and range. You'll learn about wireless networking standards, such as radio wave and infrared networks. We'll finish the lesson with a look at installing, configuring, and troubleshooting wireless networks.
Lesson 07 - Internet Connections
Get ready to take the networking covered in previous lessons and expand it to fill the Internet. We'll start with a broad stroke on how the Internet works and then examine the various connections types to get onto the Internet. We'll wrap the lesson with a discussion of how you actually connect.
Lesson 08 - The Internet
In this lesson, we'll continue to dig further into the nuts and bolts of how the Internet works at the software layer, including the application and utility protocols, Internet applications, and cloud-computing services.
Lesson 09 - Security Hygiene
In today's lesson, you'll learn about how to maintain security hygiene. I'll show you the many threats faced and then dive into access-control techniques. We'll hit on topics like data classification, compliance, and reporting procedures. It's more fun than it sounds from this description!
Lesson 10 - Network Security
Today, we'll jump into aspects of security in the big bad world, notably, discussing threats from outside your network. We'll look at malicious software types and how to deal with them. Then we'll turn to protections you should establish networkwide. The knowledge in this lesson is invaluable to you as both a tech and for the CompTIA A+ certification exams.
Lesson 11 - Understanding Mobile Devices
In this lesson, you'll learn about the features and capabilities of smartphones and tablets, as well as the mobile operating systems that power them. I'll also explain common configuration techniques for working with mobile devices.
Lesson 12 - Care and Feeding of Mobile Devices
In this final lesson, you'll wrap up the trio of CompTIA A+ exam prep courses by learning how to troubleshoot and secure mobile device hardware, operating systems, and apps.