PC Maintenance and Operating Systems

Administration and Secretarial

Information Technology Management

Unit Code
Level 4
Distance Learning
Class Room
Unit Code
Level 4
Distance Learning Fee
Face to Face Fee
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Total Fee £1600

£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

Please see the Tuition Fee section to see if you are eligible for a scholarship.
Course Overview

This course aims to provide knowledge of personal computer hardware. Successful completion of this course will enable learners to install a computer system unit and operating system and conduct troubleshooting. The course provides the essential knowledge of computer hardware, the software needed to make a hardware work, the components of the hardware and the technologies and principles that support the components. In addition to this knowledge, learners will be able to assemble computer hardware to build a full set PC, understand how to install the operation system and how to conduct troubleshooting in faulty hardware.

Course Content

Introduction to the module

Hardware Basics

  • Functions of computers: Input, Output, Storage, and Processing
  • Procedures and Safety
  • Customer Relations

Hardware Components

  • Cases, Form Factors, and Power Supplies
  • Motherboards, Expansion Buses, and Processors
  • Memory and BIOS
  • Expansion Cards, Audio, Video, and Storage
  • Cooling

Networking and Internet 

  • Networking Overview
  • Networking Hardware
  • Networking Media


  • Printer Types and Interfaces
  • Printer configuration and Installation
  • Printer Management and Maintenance

Assembly, Management, and Maintenance

  • Computer Assembly
  • Prohibited Content
  • Wired Network Maintenance

Windows Operating Systems

  • Windows Operating System
  • Installing Windows
  • Operating System Comparison
  • Other Operating Systems

Software Utilities

  • The Command Line
  • Task Manager
  • Disk Management
  • Introduction to Control Panel Utilities


  • Application of Troubleshooting Theory
  • Troubleshooting Wired Networks
  • Manual Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting Wireless Networks
  • Troubleshooting Operating Systems
  • Troubleshooting Security Issues


  • Context
  • Logging In
  • The Command Line and File system
  • Working with Files and Directories
  • Permissions and Executable
  • Command Line BLAST
  • The Standard Streams
  • Rows and Columns
  • Patterns (Regular Expressions)
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Understand a range of operating systems

  1. Analyse the functionalities of PC hardware
  2. Install and commission a working personal computer to the required standard
  3. Optimize the operating system environment to the required standard
  4. Analyse techniques to create movement in a graphical environment

2.  Understand Windows and Linux operating systems

  1. Analyse the usage and role of an operating system
  2. Establish a disc operating environment that is appropriate to the required functionality
  3. Configure the Windows and Linux operating systems to the required standard
  4. Use common utilities and programs in the Windows and Linux operating systems correctly to configure file systems and to manage users and groups
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a 50% scholarship upon writing a personal statement. All scholarships are to be approved by the Academic Board. The list of countries are: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Bhutan, Morocco, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Cambodia, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa. Please talk to your student counselor and ask for the Coupon Code to get the 50% Tuition Waiver.

  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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  • All course material, including online modules and written assignments
  • Unlimited personal tutor support with online sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online community learning forums
  • Assignment marking and feedback
Am I eligible for this programme?

You are eligible if you meet our stipulated entry requirements.

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