Course Specification Computer Maintenace and data protection

Course Specification Computer Maintenace and data protection

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Supreme Education Council

The National Commission for Academic Accreditation

& Assessment


(PC Maintenance and Data Protection) 343 Com.

Dr. Sadjih A. M.


"s College – Com. Department

Revised June. 2011


Course Specification

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King Saud University

College/Department :

Teachers' College in Riyadh, Department of Computer


A Course Identification and General Information

1. Course title and code:

PC Maintenance and Data Protection, 301 com

2. Credit hours: 3 (2 + 2)

3. Program(s) in which the course is offered. (If general elective available in many programs indicate this rather than list programs)

Bsc Degree

4. Name of faculty member responsible for the course

Dr. Ahmad M. Sadjih

5. Level/year at which this course is offered:

Level 5

6. Pre-requisites for this course (if any): 242 com

7. Co-requisites for this course (if any): N/A

8. Location if not on main campus: N/A


B Objectives

1. Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course. By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:

1- knowing the importance and role of every part of the computer.

2- learning how to dismantling the computer and assemble it.

3- knowing the most important problems affecting each part of the computer.

4- student must be able to do upgrade the computer parts.

5- knowing the computer viruses and anti viruses programs.

2. Briefly describe any plans for developing and improving the course that are being implemented. (eg increased use of IT or web based reference material, changes in content as a result of new research in the field)

1. The course is in keeping of the most recent information in the field of data processing and storage.

2. The course makes use of references in libraries and IT.

3. The course makes use of the Internet.

4. The course makes use of data show projectors.,

C. Course Description

(Note: General description in the form to be used for the

Bulletin or Handbook should be attached)

1 Topics to be Covered

Topic No of


Contact hours

Principles of Hardware Operation


Components, "CPU: [shift registers, EU, bus interface]", memory unit, input units, Auxiliary

Storage Devices: "HDD [read/write Head, head actuator assembly, disk motor], HD types [ATA

IDE drive, SCSI drive, SATA drive], preparing a hard disk, formatting and partitioning, the connectors", CD – ROM Drive "CD-ROMs, data recording, CD-Recordable, DVD disk", magnetooptical technology) .

System Unit

(Case, PSU, ATX PSU, Motherboard

" types, components, settings, connectors", CPU

" Intel's and AMD CPU", RAM "SRAM, DRAM",

ROM, BIOS ROM, cache memory, system buses "

VESA local bus, interconnect PCI bus, PC MCIA bus, USB, AGP, I/O ports" .

Input Units

(Keyboard, Mouse. Scanner [types, resolution, storage requirements, image scanning, installing], Modem [handshaking/flow control, protocols, communication interface standards, installing and configuring]) .


4 16 (8 Theory+ 8 Practice)


8 (4 Theory+ 4 Practice)

4 (2 Theory+2 Practice)


Output Units (Monitor

[CRT, LCD, resolution, color mixing, view systems, video cards],

Printers [types, the photo scanning and development system, I/O port and control system, installing and connecting] .

Formatting and Assembling of the Computer

(Assembling the system unit [prepare the case, motherboard installation “{SIMMs RAM, cache memory fitting, CPU fitting]”, installing HDD, installing a graphics card, installing a CD-ROM drive, installing a sound card], installing the operating system software) .

Testing Preparation


(diagnostic checks, BIOS error codes BIOS, numerical error messages, software and hardware diagnostic tools, methods of faults finding, peripheral faults) .

Information Protection

(Security threats [types of threats{security, protection, intruders, viruses and related threats, types of software threats}, viruses{nature, types, antivirus approaches}], trusted systems, network security, operating system security, encryption) .


3 12 (6 Theory+ 6 Practice)




4 (2 Theory+2 Practice )

4 (2 Theory+2 Practice)

8 (4 Theory+ 4 practice)

4 (2 Theory+2 Practice)

2 Course components (total contact hours per semester):

Lecture: 30 Tutorial: Practical/Fieldwork/I nternship: 30

Other: 10 Office Hours

Per week

3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week.

(This should be an average :for the semester not a specific requirement in each week)

(2-4) hours weekly


4. Development of Learning Outcomes in Domains of Learning

For each of the domains of learning shown below indicate:

A brief summary of the knowledge or skill the course is intended to develop;

Students will acquire the basic knowledge of breaking up, assembling and upgrading the computer in addition to the troubleshooting skill

A description of the teaching strategies to be used in the course to develop that knowledge or skill;

Detailed theoretical explanation of the most recent techniques will be used for each part of the computer. Video viewing and slide shows will also be used

The methods of student assessment to be used in the course to evaluate learning outcomes in the domain concerned.

Pop quizzes , monthly tests , interviews, discussions, homework and final exams

a. Knowledge

(i) Description of the knowledge to be acquired

1. Students will know the function, structure and technology of every unit of the computer.

2. Students will be able to understand this course and evaluate this understanding.

3. Students will be used to holding scientific discussions of the contents of the course and analysing this course.

4. Students will train in forming and using the items of the course.

5. Students will be able to break up, assemble and upgrade the computer.


(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge

1. Theoretical and practical lectures using the most recent methods of presenting and teaching.

2. Scientific discussions of lectures.

3. Practical training.

4. Projects and homework.



) Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired

1. Monthly theoretical and practical tests.

2. Repeated pop quizzes.


3. Recap questions.

4. Homework.

5. Individual and group projects.

6. Midterm Tests.

7. Final Exams.

b. Cognitive Skills

(i) Cognitive skills to be developed

1. Encouraging students to read and follow up scientific references.

2. Developing students' scientific thinking.

3. Encouraging students to analyse and compare scientific principles and ideas.

4. Enhancing students' scientific and practical aspects

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills

Student-centred teaching along with presentations made by students can both be used.

(iii) Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills

Pop quizzes and writing tests.

c. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

(i) Description of the interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility to be developed

Students should be able to get their ideas across to the teacher and to their classmates through gaining self-confidence and acquiring the knowledge that will enable them to do so at ease. They should be able to perform and task their teachers ask them to do..

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills and abilities

Lectures and presentations made by students.

(iii) Methods of assessment of students interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility

Pop quizzes and writing tests.


d. Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills

(i) Description of the skills to be developed in this domain.

1. Ability to surf the net.

2. Ability to use the programs of the computer properly.

3. ability to divide and coordinate work in groups.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

1. Carrying out projects in small groups.

2. Research and work on references.

3. Making presentations.


Reading and self-learning..

(iii) Methods of assessment of students numerical and communication skills

Pop quizzes, tests and projects..

e. Psychomotor Skills (if applicable)

(i) Description of the psychomotor skills to be developed and the level of performance required: N/A

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills: N/A

(iii) Methods of assessment of students psychomotor skills: N/A

5. Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Students During the Semester

Assess ment

Assessment task (eg. essay, test, group project, examination etc.)

1 First Theoretical Test

2 Second Theoretical Test

3 Homework and projects

Week due



All Semester

Proportio n of Final

Assessme nt





4 Quizzes

5 Practical Final Exam

6 Theoretical Final Exam

All Semester






D. Student Support

1. Arrangements for availability of faculty for individual student consultations and academic advice. (include amount of time faculty are available each week)

10 Office hours at office

Keeping in touch with students via my website:



E-mail: [email protected]

E Learning Resources

1. Required Text(s):

PC Maintenance and Upgrading

2. Practical Experiments in PC maintenance and Data Protection

2. Essential References :

Complete Study Guide to Certificate A+

3- Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc)

(Attach List)

Complete Study Guide to Certificate A+

Any book on PC Maintenance after being approved by the teacher.

4-.Electronic Materials, Web Sites etc

5- Other learning material such as computer-based programs/CD, professional standards/regulations



F. Facilities Required

Indicate requirements for the course including size of classrooms and laboratories (ie number of seats in classrooms and laboratories, extent of computer access etc.)

1. Accommodation (Lecture rooms, laboratories,

2. 25 Computers.

3. Data Show Projectors.

4. Kits.

2. Computing resources

1. State of the art computers.

2. Maintenance Training Computers

3. Other resources (specify --eg. If specific laboratory equipment is required, list requirements or attach list)


G Course Evaluation and Improvement Processes

1 Strategies for Obtaining Student Feedback on Effectiveness of Teaching

1. Questionnaires

2. Continual Consultation

2 Other Strategies for Evaluation of Teaching by the Instructor

1. Making sure that students have achieved the objectives of the course .

2. Consulting colleagues who specialize in this course.

By the Department

1. Weekly assessment of students' understanding of the major points covered

2. Availability of students' grade lists..

3 Processes for Improvement of Teaching

1. Varying the methods of teaching this course.

2. Using the most recent teaching methods (data show and network, etc…)

3. Emphasising scientific individual applications.

4. Continual follow up of new techniques of data processing and storage.

5. Continual follow up of new data protection.


4. Processes for Verifying Standards of Student Achievement (eg. check marking by an independent faculty member of a sample of student work, periodic exchange and remarking of a sample of assignments with a faculty member in another institution)

Check marking by an independent faculty member of a sample of student work.

5. Describe the planning arrangements for periodically reviewing course effectiveness and planning for improvement.

1. Studying and comparing students'' results.

2. Taking students'' opinions on their understanding of and benefit from the course.

3. Keeping on developing teaching methods and students' interaction.

4. Taking into account suggestions made by the staff who have previous expertise in teaching this course.

Name of Course Instructor: Ahmad M. Sadjih


Date Report Completed: 21/06/2011 - 19/07/1432 H

Received by Program Coordinator

Date: 22/06/2011 - 20/07/1432 H


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