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Faculty of Engineering,
the Built Environment & Information Technology
Technology for tomorrow

2013 WCI1601 Module Guide

School of Information and Communication Technology
Missionvale Campus

IT Essentials 1 – WCI1601

Compiled by: NB Dyira
Faculty of Engineering,
the Built Environment & Information Technology
Technology for tomorrow

2013 WCI1601 Module Guide

School of Information and Communication Technology
Missionvale Campus

IT Essentials 1 – WCI1601

Compiled by: NB Dyira

General
Code: WCI1601
Level: 1st Year
Weight:
Lecturer: NB Dyira
Last reviewed: Jan 2013
Purpose
On completion of this subject, the student should be able to describe and explain the functionality of hardware and software components as well as suggested best practices in maintenance, and safety issues. The students should also be able to assemble and configure a computer, install operating systems and software and troubleshoot hardware and software problems.

Methodology
The methodology employed in this subject cover a wide array of teaching methods. Learners will attend lectures, partake in group work, read suggested material, complete laboratory assignments, projects and take written tests. The methods are balanced in the following way. * Proposed Methods

Method| Percentage|
Lectures & Class Tests| 50|
Troubleshooting Tutorials| 18|
Practical Worksheets| 22|
Cisco Online Chapter Exams| 10|
Self-Study| Extra time|
| 100 %|
* Contact Sessions
All contact sessions are scheduled in two 35-minute periods. Each week you must attend the following double period contact sessions: * A theory lecture
* A tutorial lesson
* A practical session
* A theory class test

An extra single period is scheduled for you to complete the weekly Cisco online exam. A detailed schedule is attached. The course is an examinable subject. Learners must accumulate their class mark up to 40 in order to be allowed to write the exam. Weights will be assigned according to the lecturer’s discretion.

Study Material
There is no prescribed text for this subject. The prescribed course material is made available to the student on the local computer network. However, the student may consult any course material that is similar to the IT Essentials syllabus and the A+ syllabus if he/she wishes to do so. The Cisco learning material website is: http://r125cnap1/. This site contains the study materials that are required for the course.

In addition to the above, you will be required to do reading from various sources as dictated in the relevant lectures and assignments. In addition to this, learners will be referred to certain websites for up-to-date information. Several useful websites for additional reading will also be prescribed weekly.

Assessment
The course mark will be a weighted average of the semester tests, worksheets and an exam. Weights will be assigned according to the lecturer’s discretion. Assessment | Weight | Date | Type |

Online Chapter Tests| 5% | Weekly | Open book |
Tutorial Worksheets| 5% | Weekly | Use Cisco material, the web and library| Written Class Tests| 5% | Weekly | Closed book |
Practical Skills Exam | 10% | TBC| PC assemblyPC components & BIOSOS utilities, networking, Windows 7| Online Final Exam | 15% | TBC| Closed book |
Semester Tests X 2 | 60% | SemTest 1: 8 – 12 AprilSemTest 2: 13 – 17 May| Closed book (1 – 10)Closed book (11 – 16) |

General information and regulations
Please note the following extract from the Prospectus of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT:

3. GENERAL INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS

3.1 REGULATIONS

Note: Every student of this Faculty is also bound by the NMMU regulations as contained in the General...
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