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Sandbox Course Documentation

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1. Chapter 1 - Contact Information

Contact Information:

 

 

Instructor

 

Mr. Keith Calaman

Phone Number:  (585) 526-4609

E-mail Address:  kcalaman@wflboces.org 

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30AM-3:15PM

 

Assistant Teacher

 

Mr.  Thomas Seitzinger

Phone Number:  (585) 526-4609

E-mail Address:  tseitzinger@wflboces.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30AM-3:00PM

 

 

Location

 

Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services(BOCES)

Wayne-Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center

3501 County Road  20

Stanley, New York 14561

Phone Number:  (585)-526-4659

Web Site:  http://www.fingerlakestechcenter.org

 

Principal:   Ms. Dawn Larson

Phone Number:  (585)-526-4659

E-mail Address:  dlarson@wflboces.org


2. Chapter 2- Course Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites:

 

The prerequisites for entering the Introduction to Computer Careers course include knowledge of basic math (especially algebra), experience in problem solving, the ability to read and follow both spoken and printed instructions as well as a willingness to cooperate and participate in team activities.

A student in the Introduction to Computer Careers course should be comfortable working in applied learning environments (‘hands on’ projects) involving computer hardware, software and programming.

It is very important that students and their advisers understand that any significant information technology course builds upon a student’s preexisting aptitude for logical reasoning and problem solving, Patience and tenacity are required when troubleshooting, diagnosing and resolving many types of computer related issues.    

Another prerequisite for the Introduction to Computer Careers course is competence in written communication. The ability to read and write documentation plays a major role within the information technology field.  Students must be able to read and write at their grade appropriate level before starting the course.

 


3. Chapter 3 - Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus:

 

Course Overview

 

The Introduction to Computer Careers course is a two (2) year vocational program offered by Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) at the Wayne-Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center to area high school students.

The Introduction to Computer Careers course is designed (upon completion) to serve as a preparatory class for individuals who want to obtain an entry-level information technology type position and/or perusing a post-secondary education involving computers directly or disciplines that require significant interaction with technology such as business, manufacturing and engineering.

The first year of the program focuses on introducing students to basic hardware, operating system, web page and troubleshooting concepts. 

The first year of the course must be passed for a student to continue on to the next section.

The second half of the course continues where the first year left off; exposing students to advanced information technology skills in areas such as networking, software applications, programming and help desk management.  Internship and job shadowing opportunities are also available for qualified students during some semesters.

At the completion of each year students take Test-Out © IT certification exams.  First year students take the Introduction to PC test.  Second year students take the Introduction to Networking test.

The goals of the Introduction to Computer Careers course are comparable to those in many expository courses offered by most college and university information technology and/or computer science departments. However, it is not expected that every student in the Introduction to Computer Careers course will major in computer science or information technology at the university level.

Upon successful completion of the course eight (8) high school class credits will be granted to student.

 

Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) will also grant students who complete the FLTCC Introduction to Computer Careers course college credit through their Gemini Program.  FLCC college credits can then be transferred to other colleges and universities through various articulation agreements between FLCC and  those institutions..


4. Chapter 4 - Mode of Delivery

Mode of Delivery

 

 

The program uses multiple methods to instruct students, accommodating multiple learning styles.  Class lectures, reading assignments, research projects, field trips, guest speakers, ‘hands on’ and virtual activities are integrated into daily lesson plans.

The course is conducted in a classroom laboratory environment equipped with workstations designed to accommodate the course curriculum and number of students enrolled.

Test Out © virtual simulations and Moodle Virtual Learning Enlivenment (VLE) are accessed by students through classroom computers and a connection to the World Wide Web.

Students will be expected to follow provided acceptable use policies regarding both classroom computers and the World Wide Web.


5. Chapter 5 - Course Objectives

Course Objectives

 

·         Provide students with the sufficient broad-based knowledge to be successful in post-secondary education in the field of information systems.

·         Prepare students with the necessary skill sets for an entry-level computer related occupation.

·         Provide students with an in-depth knowledge of a variety of software used in IT environments.

·         Provide students with the understanding of the various opportunities of employment in networking/computing as well as provide them with the know-how for successful job preparation.

·         Impart students with the importance of "soft skills" in the employment arena and require those skills in the classroom setting.

·         Provide the opportunity to take nationally recognized certification exams.

·         Provide students with the understanding of the various opportunities of employment in networking/computing as well as provide them with the know-how for successful job preparation

 


6. Chapter 6 - Grading

Grading

 

Six (6) assignment categories are used to calculate a student’s weekly grade:

 

TestOut (16.66%) + Literacy (16.66%) + CompTia (16.66%) + Programming & Web Design (16.66%) + Participation (16.66%)  + Weekly Score (16.66%) = Weekly Grade

 

There are forty (40) weeks in a school year.

 

The cumulative average of all six (6) categories over ten (10) consecutive weeks equals a student’s quarterly grade:

 

There are four (4) quarters in the school year (Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4).

 

A final grade is calculated by adding all four quarters, a midterm test and final exam:

 

Q1(20%) + Q2(20%) + Midterm(10%) + Q3(20%) + Q4(20%) + Final Exam (10%) = Final Average

 

TestOut:  TestOut is an online system of instructional lectures, lessons, videos, quizzes and computer hardware/software simulations.  TestOut modules are regularly assigned  to students throughout the school week.   Students must complete TestOut activities to receive a grade.

 

The weekly TestOut score is a cumulative average of all the completed (and not completed) assignments.  Incomplete TestOut assignments will receive a grade of zero (0).  A grade of zero (0) can significantly affect a student’s weekly grade in this category.

 

Literacy:  The literacy category is used to evaluate a student’s ability to understand and apply information technology and vocational concepts/vocabulary introduced during instruction time.  Class lectures, notes, glossary entries, posters, multiple choice quizzes and crossword puzzles are used to reinforce what they have learned.   

Literacy activities are assigned throughout the week.  Completed assignments are graded and a weekly score is calculated using the cumulative average of all work completed (and not completed)  by a student.  Incomplete literacy assignments will receive a grade of zero (0).   A grade of zero (0) can significantly affect a student’s weekly grade in this category.

 

CompTia:  The CompTia category is used to prepare and evaluate a student’s readiness for the A+ Certification Test and two (2) other exams.

A+ Certification is an industry recognized credential; for information technology professionals.  The A+ Certification Exam is optional for both first (1st) and second (2nd) year Computer Careers students.

Along with the optional A+ Certification Exam two (2) other information technology (IT) certification exams are offered to Computer Careers students.   First (1st) year students take the CompTia Certification exam for Managing and Troubleshooting PCs. Second (2nd) year students take the CompTia Certification exam for Managing and Troubleshooting Networks. 

 

CompTia activities such as daily warm-up exercises, short answer quizzes, blog responses and written notes are assigned throughout the week. 

 

Completed assignments are graded and a weekly score is calculated using the cumulative average of all work completed (and not completed)  by a student.  Incomplete literacy assignments will receive a grade of zero (0).   A grade of zero (0) can significantly affect a student’s weekly grade in this category.

 

Programming & Web Design:   The Programming & Web Design category is project based.  Students are introduced to escalating degrees of HTML and computer programming commands/concepts throughput the school year then given corresponding assignments associated with those lessons.

 

Grading rubrics are usually provided with each assignment and used to assess a student’s work.

 

Programming & Web Design tasks are assigned regularly to students.  Examples of these kinds of assignments are creating HTML web pages, designing a simple video game and editing photos/graphics files.

 

Participation: Students will be assessed everyday based on the “Ten Steps To Success” shared with them at the beginning of each school year..

 

The “Ten Steps to Success” is a recommended strategy for students that can help them successfully complete the course..

 

Each day students earn points towards their weekly grade based on their performance in class. Some examples of participation category conduct that students are evaluated on how much assigned work is completed during the week, how respectful a student is towards their classroom peers and adherence to classroom policies/procedures.

 

Participation points can also be earned (or taken away) throughout a school week depending on circumstances and a student’s behavior.  Volunteer opportunities to help fellow students and manage the classroom computer lab can lead to additional participation points.  Inappropriate behavior such as swearing and using a smart phone during class lectures can lead to the loss of participation points.

 

Weekly Score:  The Weekly Score is the average of a student’s results in five graded categories: TestOut, Literacy, CompTia, Programming & Web Design and Participation.


7. Chapter 7 - Course Year 1 and Year 2

Course Year 1 - There are nine (9) Learning Modules, A Mid-Term and A Final

 

Learning Modules for Year 1:

 

1.     Orientation

2.     Hardware components identification and analysis

3.    PC assembly and disassembly

4.    Software installation and functions

5.    Security

6.    Green IT and preventative maintenance

7.    Computer business simulation

8.    E-Commerce

9.    Employment opportunity

 

 

Course Year 2- There are thirteen (13) Learning Modules, A Mid-Term and A Final

 

Learning Modules for Year 2:

 

1.    Computer operation review

2.    Networking basics

3.    Cables and connections

4.    Script writing using command prompt

5.    Models of network computing

6.    Network implantation and network protocols

7.    Networking devices

8.    Windows workstation peer to peer networking

9.    Wireless networking

10. Linux

11. Virtual computing

12. Network security

13. Windows network operating system fundamentals


8. Chapter 8 - Class Resources

Class Resources

 

Course Year 1:

 

Textbook

 

Meyers, Mike.  CompTIA A+ Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs.

McGraw-Hill Education; Fourth Edition.  2012.

 

Additional Resources

 

·         Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) (via the World Wide Web).

·         Current media sources and Internet articles and blogs discussing ethical and social issues related to computer use

 

 

Course Year 2:

 

Textbook

 

Meyers, Mike.  CompTIA Network + Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting Networks.

McGraw-Hill Education; Fourth Edition.  2015.

 

Additional Resources

 

·         Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) (via the World Wide Web).

·         Current media sources and Internet articles and blogs discussing ethical and social issues related to computer use


9. Chapter 9 - Course Year 1 and Year 2 Overview

Course Year 1 Overview

 

The first year of the Computer Careers course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the  Test Out PC Pro Certification exam. 

 

A+ Hardware and Operating Systems Technologies is a course designed to prepare students to successfully complete the CompTia A+ Exams. CompTia A+ exams are generalized exams designed to evaluate the knowledge and skills of entry level computer professionals. While completion of the test is optional, many employers look to the certification as proof of the skills of perspective employees. (Currently following the 2009 exams as amended 1/11.) This course year requires students to assemble, repair, configure and optimize modern computer systems. Students will be given a broad overview of computer systems, problems and solutions, which may be encountered during employment. Emphasis will be made to allow students to experience actual challenges with a computer, and design their solution. Working with the general public to assist in diagnosing and repairing computer systems are included in this course.

 

 

Course Year 2 Overview

 

The increasing computerization of today’s workplace has created the need for knowledgeable technicians, managers and administrators well-grounded in the techniques of connecting multiple computer platforms, enabling networking in diverse hardware and software environments, and providing reliable communications between all parts of the organization.  The second year of the Computer Careers course provides an overview of the essential fundamentals of networking and system administration required in today’s local area network (LAN) environment as well as a solid foundation for the student’s pursuit of industry certification, such as COMPTIA’ Network + and Cisco’s CCNA.  Specifically, the course will focus on the networking technology, including telecommunication basics, LAN fundamentals and wide area network (WAN) principles that comprise today’s complex networking environment. Students take the Test Out  NetworkPro Certification exam at the end of the course. 


10. Chapter 10 - Class Weekly Routine

Weekly Class Routine

 

 

Monday

·         Weekly class lecture

·         Lecture notes

·         TestOut simulation modules

·         Work on assigned projects

 

 

Tuesday

·         Weekly class lecture, cont.

·         Lecture notes, cont.

·         HTML glossary word definitions for week are assigned

·         Glossary word crossword puzzle

·         Glossary word quizzes

·         TestOut simulation modules

·         Work on assigned projects

 

 

 

Wednesday

·         Weekly lab assignment

·         Class projects assigned

·         TestOut simulation modules

·         Work on previously assigned projects

 

 

Thursday

·         Weekly lab assignment, cont.

·         TestOut simulation modules

·         Work on assigned projects

 

 

Friday

·         HTML glossary word definitions due

·         Work on assigned projects

·         **English language arts class

·         ***Science class

·         ***Math class

·         TestOut simulation modules

·         Catch up on missing assignments

 

**All students attend this class but only enrolled students receive ELA credit

***Only students enrolled in these classes for credit are expected to attend 


11. Chapter 11 - Daily Sessions

Daily Sessions

 

Session 1: 9:10AM-11:40AM

 

Session 2: 12:10PM-2:40PM

 

 

 

Daily Class Routine

 

 

Session 1: 9:15-9:30AM

Session 2: 12:15-12:30PM

 

·         Daily warm-up assignment

·         Attendance roll call

·         Daily announcements

 

 

Session 1: 9:30-11:30AM

Session 2: 12:30-2:30PM

 

·         Class work

·         TestOut simulation modules

 

 

 

Session 1: 11:30-11:40AM

Session 2: 2:30-2:40PM

 

·         Wrap up daily class work

 

 

 

Session 1: 11:40AM

Session 2: 2:40PM

 

·         Dismissal


12. Chapter 12 - Course Year 1 Rubric

Course Year 1 Rubric:

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes

Module

Outcome

Description

1

1

Interface with web based database applications supporting content and data management in the organization as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

1

2

Explore the history of computing technology as evidenced by successfully completing a computer history PowerPoint project with a score of 80% or higher according to the Computer History Project Scoring Rubric.

1

3

Understand the procedure and success measures of this course as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

2

4

Handle and repair components in a safe manor for both the student and the component as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

2

5

Identify hardware in a computer system as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

2

6

Convert between decimal, binary, and hexadecimal numbering systems as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

2

7

Partition a hard drive for multiple operating systems as evidenced by successfully partitioning a hard drive with a score of 80% or higher according to the Hard Drive Partitioning Scoring Rubric.

2

8

Troubleshoot, configure and repair printers as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

3

9

Disassemble and reassemble a working computer as evidenced by successfully reassembling a computer with a score of 80% or higher according to the Computer Disassembly/Reassembly Scoring Rubric.

3

10

Evaluate a non-working computer system and suggest repairs or upgrades as evidenced by evaluating a non-working computer system with a score of 80% or higher on the Hardware Repair Diagnosis & Analysis Rubric.

3

11

Upgrade and repair field replaceable units on a computer system as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

3

12

Make minor repairs and upgrades to a laptop computer as evidenced by diagnosis and repair of laptop computers with a score of 80% or higher on the Laptop Computer Repair Rubric.

4

13

Load and configure a working Windows Operating System as evidenced by loading and configuring a working windows operating system with a score of 80% or higher on the Windows Installation Rubric.

4

14

Apply computer settings for individual optimization as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

4

15

Optimize appropriate RAM on a computer system as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

4

16

Configure the power management features on a computer system as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

5

17

Understand FAT filing systems and NTFS filing systems as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

5

18

Evaluate the security issues of FAT Tables and the more secure NTFS as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

5

19

Control access to a computer and the files that may be shared as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

6

20

Manage and dispose of hardware in an environmentally responsible fashion as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

6

21

Understand the necessity, nature and role of cloud computing and its impact on society as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

7

22

Evaluate a computer system for individual customers, making suggestions to optimize the system for the individual as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

7

23

Understand the role of computing technology in business oriented organizations by completing a business organization analysis project with an 80% score or higher according to the Business Applications Scoring Rubric.

7

24

Work with systems supporting accounting, inventory, transaction and customer management within the typical organization as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

8

25

Establish a local computer network as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

8

26

Create web pages using HTML, CSS & JavaScript by creating web pages with a score of 80% or higher according to the Web Page Creation Rubric.

8

27

Utilize a variety of sofware tools to develop and deploy web based applications as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

8

28

Install and configure a web server  as evidenced by successfully answering multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions with an 80% degree of accuracy.

9

29

Identify employment opportunities in technology field as evidenced by completion of an employability project with a score of 80% or higher according to the Employability Project Rubric.

 


13. Chapter 13 - Course Year 2 Rubric

Course Year 2 Rubric