This course is designed to teach the student basic technical skills needed to understand the function and operation of major elements of personal computer systems, and how to localize and correct common hardware problems. Students will acquire hands-on experience with Personal Computer (PC) systems. The course will focus on broad concepts and diagnostic tools which allow the student to determine the condition of a PC system and how to best correct a fault. Special emphasis will be placed on how systems are configured, modified, and expanded to meet new requirements. Various software tools will be used to diagnose PC problems. This course prepares students for the hardware portion of the CompTIA A+ Certification exams. (Note: Credit is only given for CET 1171C or CJE 1661).