Instructor:  Becky Keathley
Phone:  304-752-4687, Ext.  2232
Email:
 rkeathley@k12.wv.us

Office Hours:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Courses:

  • 1705 – Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • 1664 – A+ Essentials
  • 1665 – A+ Practical Applications
  • 1694 – Networking Essentials

Elective Courses:

  • 1709 – Technical Computer Applications
  • 1711 – Web Development and Support
  • 1706 – Imaging on the Web

Course Philosophy
The Computer Systems Department’s philosophy is to provide and educate students in as many aspects of the Information Technology industry as possible and to provide them the opportunities to become skilled, successful citizens of the global community. The instructor is committed in providing a safe, industry-standard learning environment that promotes commitment, teamwork, communication skills, strong work ethic and responsibility. Students are encouraged to pursue work in a related field, continuous education and industry related training upon successful graduation from the department. During the senior year SkillsUSA competitions and championships reward students for excellence and keep training relevant to employers’ needs. An important part of the program is the PORTFOLIO. It provides students an experience that actively engages students in reflective exploration of self and to help students to make a smooth transition from high school to their post high school experience with resume development and interview skills.

The goal of this program is not only to produce skilled information technology workers who are ready to complete the various Microsoft and A+ certification exams, but to give students the ability to adapt their talents to the ever-changing technologies in the job market.

Program of Study Description:
The Computer Systems Repair Technology Program of Study validates foundation‐level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in PC support. It is the starting point for a career.  The CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications are both international and vendor‐neutral and prove competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting.

Course Descriptions:

1705 Fundamentals of Computer Systems
This course introduces the student to the knowledge and technical skills for all courses in the Computer Systems Repair Technology pathway. Areas of study include computer hardware, data representation, operating system, utility, productivity software, communications and networks and the Internet. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics and students will explore a variety of career opportunities. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets.

1664 A+ Essentials
This course covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues. Content Skill Sets are based on testing objectives for the CompTIA A+ 220‐901 certification. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets
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1665 A+ Practical Applications
This course covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. It also addresses security, the fundamentals of cloud computing and operational procedures. Content Skill Sets are based on testing objectives for the CompTIA A+ 220‐902 certification. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets.

1694 Networking Essentials
This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills related to networking. Areas of study include media and topologies, protocols and standards, network implementation and network support. Content Skill Sets are based on testing objectives for the CompTIA Network+ certification. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics and students will explore a variety of career opportunities. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets.

1709 Technical Computer Applications
This course introduces the student to a variety of applications used for Workplace Productivity. Areas of study include file management and individual applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database management, presentations and personal information management. Students will demonstrate knowledge and technical expertise in the efficient use of software and application integration. Students will explore a variety of career and certification opportunities. This course is recommended as an Elective in the Computer Systems Repair Technology Program of Study. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to occupations in information technology. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities.

1711 Web Development and Support
This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills required for web site development and maintenance. Areas of study include an introduction to the World Wide Web, site planning, page creation, typography and color, advanced coding, publishing, and site support. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics, and students will explore a variety of certification and career opportunities. This course is recommended as an Elective in the Computer Systems Repair Technology Program of Study. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to occupations in information technology. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities.

1706 Imaging on the Web
This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for producing digital images for use in web sites and multimedia applications. Areas of study include digital imaging concepts, imaging hardware, imaging applications, and legal and ethical consideration. Students will demonstrate knowledge and technical expertise in creating, capturing, and altering digital images. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics, and students will explore a variety of career opportunities. This course is recommended as an Elective in the Computer Systems Repair Technology Program of Study. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to occupations in information technology. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities.