COURSE CODE: 8542

Computer Networking Hardware Operations I

SCED Code: 10101
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11
Duration: 18 Weeks
Hours: 70
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
CTSO: SkillsUSA
Non-Traditional?: F

This course is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in information technology (IT). Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install operating systems (OS), and troubleshoot these using software tools and diagnostics. The course covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software and advanced concepts such as security, networking, scripting basics, remote access technology use, Internet of Things (IoT) device configuration, documentation and change-management best practices, disaster prevention and recovery methods, virtualization, and cloud computing. This course helps prepare students for the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam.

Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Information Support and Services
  • Applications Integrator
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Engineer, Architect
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Analyst
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Information Systems Security Developer
  • Information Systems Security Manager
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Writer
Network Systems
  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Engineer, Architect
  • Computer and Information Systems Administrator
  • Database Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network Architect
  • Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installer, Repairer
  • Telecommunications Specialist
Programming and Software Development
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst
  • Programmer
  • Project Manager
  • Software Applications Engineer
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
Web and Digital Communications
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Engineer, Architect
  • Project Manager
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Systems Analyst

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