Hardware Maintenance & Advanced Computer Applications

Commerce & Business Administration
Computing Studies & Information Systems
Course Code
CSIS 3110
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course introduces students to hardware maintenance and introductory networking concepts. In the laboratory, the students will install drives, memory, various circuit boards, drivers, and operating systems. Also, the students develop mastery of advanced Microsoft-Office skills. Integration of data from different Microsoft-Office applications will be covered.
Course Content
  1. Understanding the Boot Process and the DOS Command Line
  2. Introduction to Hardware
  3. Electricity and Power Supplies
  4. Random Access Memory
    • Types
    • Installation
    • Management
  5. Hard-Drives
    • Installation
    • Partitioning, formatting
    • Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  6. Windows XP/7.0
    • Installation
    • Management
    • Troubleshooting
  7. Introduction to Computer Networks
  8. Word processing software
    • Table of Contents
    • Mail-merge
    • Newsletter
    • Other advanced functions
  9. Spreadsheet software
    • Linking worksheets
    • Database management
    • Pivot table
    • Other advanced functions
  10. Database management software
    • Table structure
    • Combo boxes
    • Switchboard
    • Other advanced functions
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture, seminar, demonstration, and hands-on exercises in the lab

Means of Assessment
Labs (minimun: 3) 10% - 15%
Assignments (minimum: 3)    15% - 20%
Tests (minimum: 3) 30% - 45%
Final Examination 25% - 30%
Total        100%
Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. install, using good industry practices, any field replaceable unit such as RAM, drives, power supply, processor, etc;
  2. install video, sound, and other cards and associated drivers;
  3. install an OS (such as DOS, Windows XP/7);
  4. diagnose computer problems;
  5. fix such software problems as a corrupt/missing registry or other OS files;
  6. use intermediate features of an integrated software package including word processing, spreadsheet, database.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


Andrews, Jean, A+ Guide to Hardware. Latest Edition, Course Technology

Exploring MS Applications by Graurer Volume 2


other textbook(s)  approved by department.



Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11, with a grade of “C” or better


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) AU COMP 2XX (3) 2013/01/01 to -
Columbia College (COLU) No credit 2013/01/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU INFO 1111 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG CSIS 1XXX (3) 2013/01/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC BUS 170 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC NTEN 111 (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2013/01/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU COMP 1XXX (3) 2013/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2013/01/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CIS 100 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC CSC 1XX (1.5) 2013/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.