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Comptia A+ Comprehensive

CompTIA A+ Comprehensive

Course #: 3003





5 days



Course Schedule:


Course Dates




9/5/2012 - 9/11/2012 (Weekdays)

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Denver (Lakewood Campus)



Course Description:

This course will prepare students for the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam (2009 objectives) and the CompTIA A+ Practical Application certification exam (2009 objectives). It is designed for students seeking to become entry-level IT professionals. Students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the following tasks on personal computer hardware and operating systems:

    • Identify PC components
    • Configure PC network connections
    • Provide IT support for portable computers
    • Monitor and manage Windows operating systems
    • Diagnose basic hardware problems by using a troubleshooting methodology
    • Install and upgrade Windows operating systems
    • Complete preventative maintenance tasks
    • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and replace computer hardware and peripherals
    • Maintain and troubleshoot the Windows operating system
    • Install a small-office/home-office network, and troubleshoot network connections
    • Secure personal computers

Target Student

The typical student for this course is an experienced IT professional in a role such as desktop support technician, network administrator, systems administrator, or database administrator.  Such students want to prove through certification that they have the knowledge and skills required to implement, deploy, and support IT systems.


This is a fast-paced, comprehensive course designed to present the knowledge and skills needed for both CompTIA A+ (2009 Edition) certification exams. Students taking this course should be highly proficient with personal computers. Furthermore, this course assumes that students have an advanced user-level skills in Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Professional.

Recommended courses (or the equivalent certifications):


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe various troubleshooting methodologies.
    • Use basic Windows interface tools.
    • Examine power supplies and connectors, install and troubleshoot power supplies while follwoing procedures for working safely with electrical components.
    • Identify, install and troubleshoot various motherboards and CPUs.
    • Configure the PC's BIOS and boot the computer.
    • Identify, install and troubleshoot various types of memory, and monitor memory usage in Windows.
    • Examine the settings for buses.
    • Identiy, install and troubleshoot various types of expansion cards.
    • Attach peripheral devices.
    • Install, use, and troubleshoot data storage devices.
    • Connect video output and image input devices.
    • Install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot printers.
    • Identify various network connection types, and implement a SOHO network.
    • Configure a TCP/IP client
    • Troubleshoot client-side connectivity.
    • Provide IT support for portable computers.
    • Manage the Windows operating system.
    • Monitor the Windows operating system.
    • Troubleshoot system startup problems and the Windows operating system.
    • Apply various measures to keep computer systems secure and prevent unauthorized access.
    • Install and upgrade Windows operating systems.
    • Maintain a safe computing environment.

Course Content


Troubleshooting Methodology


Operating Systems


Electricity and power supplies


CPUs and motherboards


The Basic Input/Output System


Memory systems


Bus structures


Expansion cards


Peripheral connection types

Data storage devices

Video output and image input devices


Connecting computers

Networking computers

Network troubleshooting

Portable computers

Windows management

Windows monitoring

Operating system troubleshooting


Windows installation and upgrades

Safety and maintenance

System cases

Binary, octal, and hexadecimal numbering

CompTIA A+ acronyms