Module Title:Computer Hardware
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 7 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. Lectures will provide traditional theory. Laboratory sessions will employ formative practical/assessment sheets.
Module Aim: To familiarize the student with the PC computing platform
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Identify the purpose of, configure, troubleshoot and replace the principal components/accessories of a PC
LO2 Select appropriate PC specifications for various applications
LO3 Understand the basic operation of a computer system
LO4 Describe and connect commonly used devices
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction and Fundamentals
What is a computer? Computer types; What is a program? Basic components; Buses; Program execution; Data considerations; PC components/technologies; System resources; Buying/building/upgrading a PC; Things to do with old PCs
Working on PCs
Safety; Rules to upgrade by; Tools; Procedures
Characteristics; Choosing; Installing; BIOS upgrade
Intel and AMD processors; Choosing a processor; Forthcoming processors; Installing a processor
Understanding memory; Putting CPU registers, primary and secondary storage into context; Cache; Access; Packaging; How much is enough?; Selection guide; Installing; Troubleshooting;
Removable Disks
Overview - floppy, zip, CD, DVD, Flash, etc
Hard Disks
Interface types; Drives: How hard disks work; Choosing a hard disk; Installing hard disks; Preparing for use
Tape Drives
Tape technologies; Choosing, installing and configuring; Care; Troubleshooting; Long filenames; Backups
Video Adapters and Displays
Characteristics; Choosing and installing adapters; Configuring; Troubleshooting; CRT and flat-panel displays; Installing and configuring; Troubleshooting; Touch screens
Switch Types; Styles; Interfaces; Choosing; Configuring; Cleaning; Troubleshooting and Repairing
Mice, Trackballs and Digitising Pads
Characteristics; Comparisons; Choosingand Configuring; Cleaning; Troubleshooting
Serial & Parallel Communications
Overview; Serial Ports; Serial Cables; Installing and Configuring Serial Port Hardware; Troubleshooting Serial Port Problems; Mapping Parallel Ports to LPTs
USB and Firewire
Characteristics; Host Controllers; Configuring; Troubleshooting;
Attached Devices
Characteristics, configuration and connection of printers, scanners, digital cameras etc
Power Supplies
Characteristics; Connectors; Choosing; Installing; Troubleshooting;
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
No Continuous Assessment
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation No Description 1,2,3,4 50.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_KCCIT_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology Management 1 Mandatory
CW_KCSOF_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development 1 Mandatory
CW_KCCYB_D Bachelor of Science in Cyber Crime & IT Security 1 Mandatory
CW_KCCSY_D Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management 1 Mandatory
CW_KCSOF_D Bachelor of Science in Software Development 1 Mandatory
CW_KCCOM_C Higher Certificate in Science in Computing (Applications or Programming) 1 Mandatory