The Department of Applied InformationTechnologyThe Volgenau School of Information Technology & Engineering George Mason University 4400 University Drive Fairfax. VA 22030-4444Syllabus: IT 212 Computer Hardware Fundamentals Spring 2011 IT 212 Computer Hardware Fundamentals Spring 2011 Page 1 Instructor Dr. Harold D. Camp Phone: 703-585-7745 E-mail: [email protected]Instructor Office Hours: 3PM – 4PM Monday at Jazzman Café in Johnson Center 6PM – 7PM Tuesday at Jazzman Café in Johnson Center Course Description: IT 212 Computer Hardware Fundamentals: This course explains the basic principles of how computers work. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the essential components associated with computers (with a focus on PCs). Topics include history of computers, the processor, motherboard, memory, graphics and sound adapters, input and output devices, and storage media. An overview of operating systems and other software, as well as the various methods used to connect computers to each other and the Internet, are presented. The course also addresses recent advances in computer architectures and computer hardware and how they affect computer performance. Presentations of actual hardware are included so that students can gain experience in identifying the various internal and external components of a PC. Text: “How Computers Wor”k, 9th Ed. White, R. Que Publishing, 2007. ISBN:0789736136 Recommended Reading: “Inside the PC.” Norton, Peter and Scott H. Clark. Sams Publishing. ISBN: 0-672-32289-7. Grades: 25% - Homework 35% - Mid Term Exam 40% - Final Exam LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH A 20 % PENALTY PER WEEK LATE. Objectives: Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: a) Describe the basic components of a personal computer and how they function together b) Understand historical developments that have resulted in today’s personal computers c) Understand basic operation and function of today’s personal computer d) Understand what the Internet is and some of its history e) Perform binary arithimic and coding to support Junior-level IT coursework Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course Examinations:
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