PC Hardware & Operating Systems

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Dr. K. S. Senthilkumar,

Course Director Name: Dr. K. S. Senthilkumar,

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:  ssomasun@sgu.edu

Course Director Contact Information:  ssomasun@sgu.edu 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Mondays, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am – 12.00 am 

Course Director Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am – 12.00 am

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Leeward Hall

Course Director Office Location: Leeward Hall

Course Support:   Mary Celestine, mcelesti@sgu.edu | 1473-444-4175 Ext.3726

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link https://apps.sgu.edu/members.nsf/mycoursesintro.pdf

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course is designed to provide the theoretical and practical foundation to install, maintain, repair computer systems and connect over a network independently. The course covers computer hardware and software installation, configuration, and upgrading, diagnosing and troubleshooting, safety and preventative maintenance of computers. Also introduce Operating system functions, structure of the different operating systems, processor management, file management and memory management.

Course Objectives: 

  1. Define the components of various types of Computer systems and the different types of Operating systems. 
  2. Describe the basic issues in install, configure and upgrade hardware and software in a computer system. 
  3. Define the hardware and software components of a networked system.
  4. Demonstrate how operating systems managing resources such as processors, memory and I/O devices.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify major components and sub-systems of a microcomputer and classify different types of operating system and their functions
  2. Explain what takes place with the computer's hardware when the computer operates.
  3. Assemble and disassemble a personal computer, upgrade PCs by motherboard replacement, and other major hardware components.
  4. Perform a typical system configuration/installation of an operating system and other software.
  5. Solve most typical kinds of hardware and software problems in a computer.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

CTPO1.  Analyse a problem, identify, and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution, taking into consideration current techniques, concepts, skills, tools, and best practices used in the core information technologies.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials: Text:  

  1. PC Hardware: A Beginner’s Guide, RON GILSTER, Osborne, McGraw-Hill
  2. Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott Mueller, 20th Edition, 2012, Pearson Education, Inc.
  3. Operating Systems concepts, sixth edition, by Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin,  Greg Gagne.
  4. A course in PC hardware, software, maintenance and repair, A+ CERTIFICATION: 2019,  WILLIAM A. LLOYD

Supplementary Readings/Resources: Lecturer supply presentation slides and notes.

Course Grading Requirement:

  • Class Participation: 5%
  • Quizzes: 15%
  • Assignments: 30%
  • Mid-term Exam: 20%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Total: 100%

Course Requirements:

Student must have a computer system (Desktop/Laptop with minimum HW requirement) to facilitate the course)

Course Schedule

Week Topic

  1. Characteristics of a Computer, Types of Computers, Introduction to Personal Computer Components, problem troubleshooting – power supply. 
  2. The Micro Processor, The Evolution of PC Microprocessor, popular CPU chips in terms of their basic characteristics. 32- and 64-bit processors. Type of CPU technologies.  Quiz 1
  3. Categories of RAM, ROM, and physical characteristics. Assignment 1
  4. Memory management techniques. Quiz 2
  5. Identify the most popular type of motherboards, their components, and their architecture
  6. CPU scheduling techniques. Assignment 2
  7. Install, configure and upgrade personal computer hardware components including peripheral devices.
  8. Midterm Exam
  9. Identify the purpose of various types of preventative maintenance products and procedures and when to use them. Software installation.
  10. Quiz 3, Identify and apply basic diagnostic procedures and troubleshooting techniques for hardware components.
  11. Secondary storage management, formatting, partitions the Hard Disk.
  12. Assignment 3, introduction to different operating systems, software issues.
  13. Operating system functions, process management, memory management and storage management
  14. introduction to Raspberry Pi 
  15. Introduction to Networking, networking devices
  16. Final Exam

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Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.