VBUS 576

Course Syllabus

VBUS 576 Computer Basics: Systems and Networking

 Instructor: Hugh Nguyen, A+, MCSE, B.S, M.S

Email: hugh.sactec[AT]gmail.com

Course Web Page: sactec.wordpress.com

Section: (#32712) Wednesday and Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm in E-106

Office Hours: Thursdays: 5:30pm–6:00pm (by appointment)

Term Date: August 31 – December 15, 2016


Students taking this course should be familiar with personal computers and the use of a keyboard and a mouse. This course assumes that students have completed one of the following courses or have equivalent experience:

  • VBUS 574 Computer Basics: Hardware and Software
  • VBUS 576 Computer Basics: Systems and Networking Essentials

Course Objectives

This course provides instruction in systems and networking essentials for taking the A+ certification test. CompTIA A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in PC support. Training includes review and practice of upgrading, troubleshooting, and repair of computers; setting up home and small office networks; installation and familiarization of various Operating Systems; Applications, and Utilities.

At the end of this course, you will know more about:

  • Operating Systems
  • Networking Essentials

You will obtain the systems and networking knowledge to take the CompTIA A+ Certification Exams you will be well prepared to pass CompTIA’s (the Computing Technology Industry Association’s) A+ certification exam.

There are two book editions used in this class. The standard edition and deluxe edition.

Standard Edition:

CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 Authorized Cert Guide, 3rd Edition
By Mark Edward Soper, David L. Prowse, Scott Mueller

ISBN-10: 0-7897-4850-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4850-8
Format: Cloth Bound w/CD-ROM

This is the most comprehensive and practical learning and preparation guide for CompTIA’s brand-new 2012 A+ exam. It combines the extraordinary knowledge of Scott Mueller’s all-time best-selling PC repair book with comprehensive A+-specific guidance and practice. Three world-class PC hardware experts don’t just show readers what they need to pass their exams: they show exactly how to apply their new knowledge in the real world. Every chapter takes a “ground-up” approach, beginning with the essentials and gradually building to larger, more complex concepts. Informative illustrations, photos and screen captures help encourage readers to follow along, building knowledge and confidence one step at a time. A handy “Objectives Index” show where each objective is covered in the book, helping readers make sure they study everything they need to know. Coverage includes: technician essentials, basic PC anatomy, motherboards, processors, BIOS, power supplies, cooling, RAM, I/O, video, customized PCs, multimedia devices, notebooks, mobile devices, printers, storage, Windows, networking, troubleshooting, operational procedures, communication methods, and more. Rich with learning and exam preparation features, this book includes an extensive collection of hands-on lab exercises, as well as up-to-the-minute test prep advice. Its CD-ROM enables at-home practice through sample questions presented by an advanced electronic test engine, additional lab exercises, and study notes.

Deluxe Edition:

CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 Authorized Cert Guide, Deluxe Edition, 3rd Edition
by Mark Edward Soper, David L. Prowse, Scott Mueller

Published Date: Aug 27, 2012
ISBN-10: 0-7897-4980-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4980-2
Format: Hardcover with DVD
CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 “Authorized” Cert Guide Deluxe Edition (PRINT)
Master CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 exam topics
Assess your knowledge with chapter-ending quizzes
Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks
Practice with realistic exam questions on the DVD
4-color interior that will enhance the visual learning experience

Companion DVD

The DVD contains three free, complete practice exams, beep codes and video training.
Includes Exclusive Offer for 70% Off Premium Edition eBook and Practice Test

Book Chapters for Class Lectures:

Chapter 16a Network Terminology
Chapter 16b Network Implementation

VBUS 576 – Systems and Networking

Guide to Networking Essentials

by Greg Tomsho (Author), Ed Tittel (Author), Greg Johnson (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0619215323

Guide to Networking Essentials provides a baseline level of knowledge for success in industry and preparation for networking essentials and certifications.


The Web site contains class lecture slides, course information, class announcements, the course syllabus, and other information for the course.


All students are requested to obtain an e-mail account. If you have any questions about the course or need assistance, please contact me by e-mail at any time. Also, you may submit final project assignment in class on the due date or by e-mail. E-mail submissions should be submitted as an attachment in Microsoft Word format.


  1. Students will be evaluated in a number of ways:
  •     25% of the grade is based on quizzes. Quizzes can be  announced one day in advance and may vary from 10 to 20 questions that may be in any format.
  •     35% of the grade is based on Lab and Projects at the end of each chapter in the text.
  •     40% of the grade is based on attendance.
  1. Project: You will be required finish a project at the end of class.  You will need to present it in class.
  2. Weekly Lab work: The majority of this class will be based on lab work.  Students will be responsible Hands-on assignments.  Lab works must be completed on the student’s in the lab, so absences are very detrimental
  3. Quizzes: Regular quizzes will be given in class.  And the answers will be provided teacher in class. I will collect the quizzes and grade them.
  4. Note-taking: Students will be required to take notes in class.  They will help reflect on knowledge gained during class activities.
  5. Attendance: Attendance is very important for you learning.  You will need to re-take the class if you missed 40% of the class meeting. Email me if you are going to miss the class meeting.

Valid grades for VBUS courses:

-SP: Satisfactory Progress
-NP: No Measurable Progress


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