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Course ID: BPC225
Title: Computer ConfigurationĀ and Enhancements
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 1.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 13104

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Textbook:

Title: The Complete A+ Guide to PC Repair
Author: Cheryl A Schmidt
ISBN: 978-1-256-77801-1

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Additional Materials:

The textbook comes with an access code to the companion site.

Educational Software Discounts

Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more. It is available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class and your academic journey. As long as you are currently enrolled as a student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

To get your Office follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to and enter the following information:
    1. Username: Your Maricopa email address (i.e.
    2. Password: Password you use to log into your Maricopa email account
    3. Click Sign in
  2. Follow the instructions on the installation screen.

You will need your school email account to sign in.

Important Note: The Office 365 provided by Maricopa Community Colleges is for personally owned (home) computers and devices.

Microsoft DreamSpark Program
Rio Salado College is a member of the Microsoft DreamSpark Program. As a part of the program, students who are enrolled in technology courses at Rio Salado can download many of Microsoft’s products for free to use in their courses. Some products are unavailable for download so if the software you need for the course is not available you will need to purchase the software. Be sure to read the Terms of Service for details on how you may use the software.

Microsoft DreamSpark Program (You must click on the link to access the website. Copying and pasting the URL into your browser window will not work. You must be logged into your course in RioLearn for the link to work.)

Software Purchase Program
Rio Salado College has partnered with many software vendors to be able to offer software at a discounted price to students. Through this partnership, the software is discounted with students’ needs in mind to make it more affordable. To take advantage of these offers there is a link titled Software Purchase Program on the left hand side of the RioLearn portal after logging in. Be sure to read the Terms of Service for details on how you may use the software.

Software Purchase Program (You must click on the link to access the website. Copying and pasting the URL into your browser window will not work. You must be logged into your course in RioLearn for the link to work.)

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Configuration and enhancement of a computer. Emphasis on configuration of hardware and software to optimize computer performance. Includes memory configuration and the identification and troubleshooting of configuration problems.
Official Course Prerequisites
BPC125 or permission of Instructor.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Identify individual computer operating systems, hardware, and software requirements.
  2. Install and exchange various peripherals including random access memory (RAM), and hard/floppy drives.
  3. Describe techniques for installation of software applications.
  4. Maximize performance of RAM storage through the use of the read only memory (ROM) Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) contained on the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chips.
  5. Upgrade hardware through replacement of RAM, hard drives, and CMOS chips.
  6. Identify pros and cons of various operating systems.
  7. Optimize computer performance through memory management features and interface choices.
  8. Differentiate between hardware and software problems, and identify possible solutions for each.
  9. Implement solutions for computer problems.

Course Requirements

  1. You must complete all assignments in the course to get a passing grade.
  2. Examinations: At-Home Final Exam: You must earn a minimum of 60% on the Final Exam to pass the course. A Final Project is also required.
  3. You must earn a minimum of 60% on the Final Project to pass the course. 
  4. Note: All correspondence with your instructor must contain your name, class, and section number. Work cannot be graded and credit issued without this information.
  5. Rio Course Announcements: You are required to check the course announcements regularly for important course information. This is located on your Course Homepage.
  6. You are expected to write at a college level. Please see Grading Matrix for Essays / Short Answers.
  7. Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

This course consists of 6 lessons and a final exam. Points are given for the successful completion of these lessons and for the Final Exam.

Grading Procedure

There are 302 possible points for this course.

Quizzes = 110 points
Essay = 20 points
Projects = 40 points
Labs = 32 points
Final Project = 100 points
Total = 302 points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

272 - 302 points = A (90% - 100%)
242 - 271 points = B (80% - 89%)
211 - 241 points = C (70% - 79%)
181 - 210 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 180 points = F (0% - 59%)

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Submitting Assignments

You will be directed to submit your assignments in one (1) of the two (2) following ways:

  • Online Assessment
  • Online Zipped Attachment

Online Assessment

Whenever possible, you will submit quizzes and assignments online within the course.

Important information: Be sure to follow the procedure below to complete your quizzes and assignments.

  1. Review all assignment directions before beginning the assignment. Write at a college level for all essays and assignments. See the Grading Matrix for Essays/Short Answers. You should type your essay in a word processing program and then copy/paste it into the appropriate textbox in the online submit form. This way, you can use spell/grammar check.
  2. Use the link(s) within the online lesson to access and submit the assignment. Once you have started entering your answer(s), be sure to save your work. Also, you should allow enough time to submit your work within a 7-day window from the time you first access the link.

Note: For courses with At-Home Midterm Exams and/or At-Home Final Exams, you are only allowed to submit these assessments one time. You are required to complete all parts of the assessment.

Be sure you have answered all questions prior to clicking the SUBMIT button; once you have submitted your answers, you will not be able to access them again. When you are finished, you will need to close the browser window to return to your course.

Online Zipped Attachment:

You must zip all attachments before submitting them online. Windows and Mac operating systems contain built-in utilities to zip files and folders. You may also use third-party software if you desire, but the compressed file must be in a .ZIP format. To zip attachments in this course, follow the instructions below.

Windows Compression Utility:

  1. Create a folder on your Windows Desktop. (It should be titled with your name and the lesson number and/or name.)
    EXAMPLE -"John Smith Lesson 1"
  2. Save all assessments, publications, exercises, assignments, etc. in this folder.
  3. When all assessments, publications, exercises, assignments, etc. for the lesson are in the folder, right click on it and select "Send to" and then "Compressed (zipped) folder."
  4. This will create a .zip folder on your desktop.
    EXAMPLE -"John Smith Lesson"
  5. You can then submit the .zip folder, via the link at the end of the lesson.

Mac OS Archive Utility:

  1. Create a folder on your Mac Desktop. (It should be titled with your name and the lesson number and/or name.)
    EXAMPLE – “Jane Smith Lesson 10”
  2. Save all assessments, publications, exercises, assignments, etc. in this folder.
  3. When all assessments, publications, exercises, assignments, etc. for the lesson are in the folder, click on the folder to select it, right click on it, and select “Compress.”
  4. This will create a .zip file on your desktop.
    EXAMPLE – “Jane Smith Lesson”
  5. You can then submit the .zip folder via the link at the end of the lesson.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything you submit.


There may be required In-Person Exam(s) for this course. Please review the Grading Procedure and Scale and Course Requirements portions of your syllabus for details. Check your Gradebook for specific due dates for your exam(s).

In-Person Exams are given at various locations throughout the valley for students who live in Maricopa County.

You may view information on Testing Sites to select the testing location and hours of operation that fit your needs. You may also contact our information line at (480) 517-8560.

In-Person Exam Procedures

  1. You must complete ALL assignments in the course before you can take your in-person final exam (check your Gradebook for all assignments and due dates).
  2. There is no appointment necessary to take your exam. Exams can be taken during normal hours of operation at any Rio Salado College testing site.
  3. You must complete the final exam by your course end date.
  4. You may take your exam(s) before your course end date if and only if you have received all of your graded assignments.

Students who live outside of Maricopa County may request to have exams proctored. Requests must be made by filling out and submitting the Proctored Exam Request Form. Please contact the Testing Center at (480) 517-8560 or 1-(866) 517-8560 (Toll-free) with questions.

Proctored Exam Procedures

  1. You must submit the Proctored Exam Request Form during the first two weeks of class.
  2. BPC / CIS Course Exams include “hands-on” projects using the required software and software version listed in the Syllabus.
  3. You must verify that the proctor has the required software and version as stated in the Course Syllabus.

Industry Exam

There may be an industry exam available for the software and/or hardware taught in this course. An industry exam is an exam developed by the creators of the software, or by a recognized industry organization, which evaluates the knowledge and skills of an individual to ensure that the individual is competent with the said software and/or hardware. Earning an industry exam can help further demonstrate your proficiency with potential employers, and in some cases may be required for certain jobs. Examples of industry exams include: Microsoft Office Specialist, Adobe Certified Associate, CompTIA A+, and more. To learn more about industry exams available at Rio Salado, please visit the Testing homepage under the Exams Offered at Rio Salado heading.

If an industry exam is available for this course, more information can be found within the Course Introduction.

NOTE: Taking an industry exam is not a required component of the course, but may be available for you to take after finishing the course.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. See detailed information about the (P/Z) option here.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignment due dates for this course are listed in the Gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, you must submit a written request to your instructor, via the “Modify Due Dates” link under the Due Dates tab in your Gradebook, at least one week prior to the due date. Late points may be deducted at the instructor's discretion.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Print-Based or Internet course is assigned a start date and an end date. Students may request an extension due to illness or other extenuating circumstances if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.

Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

If you have a documented disability, including a learning disability, and would like to discuss possible accommodations, please contact the Rio Salado Disabilities Resources and Services Office at (480) 517-8562 or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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