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MIS 1500 Computer Systems and Hardware

Course Description: MIS 1500 Computer Systems and Hardware is an overview of microcomputer structure, boot-up process, software, microchips, data storage and input/output devices. Also covered are various platforms, operating systems, programming and application languages and various hardware components.

Textbook: White, Ron, How Computers Work, Millennium e, Indianapolis, Que, 1999.

Prerequisites: CIS 1100

Specific Concepts to Address:

  • Components of a personal computer
  • Operating systems
  • Application software
  • Use of microchips for memory and processing
  • Data storage and the functions of floppy and hare drives
  • Input/output devices

Suggested Emphases:

  • Contrast the roles of operating systems and application software
  • How data in stored in/on various media
  • How data moves inside the CPU
  • How hardware components (memory, hard drives, CD ROM drives, NICs, etc.) are installed
  • How a computer is connected to a network
  • Writing skills expected of a professionally employed adult

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