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Hardware Maintenance & Advanced Computer Applications

Course Code: CSIS 3110
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

course prerequisites

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

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.