Information Technology Students Build a Computer

Posted by on January 25, 2012

The Build-a-PC project from our IT155 – Computer Essentials course made the local news!

This was a course taught by Tom Polinceusz, IT Program Chair at our Saint Cloud, Minnesota campus, during the Fall Quarter of 2011. The St. Cloud Times published Tami DeLand’s article here:!

The Computer Essentials course introduces the functional parts of a computer from a hands-on perspective. Students learn to identify computer components, disassemble machines, carry out common hardware and software maintenance tasks, install operating systems, select and install hardware upgrades, troubleshoot common hardware and firmware problems, and build computers. Upon success in this course, students are prepared to take the CompTIA A+ Practical Application (220-702) certification exam.

Our course offers all residential students the opportunity to design, build and take home a new computer! Students select parts and design a working system within a budget (a supply fee is charged). The parts are shipped to each campus, where students work under the supervision of their instructor to build their own computers.

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