Valley Career & Technical Center



    Computers Systems Technology I & II State Course #: 8622, 8623

    Instructor: Arden Harner


    (8622) Students enter the world of computer technology and gain practical experience in assembling a computer system, installing an operating system, troubleshooting computers and peripherals, and using system tools and diagnostic software. They develop skills in computer networking and resource sharing. In addition, students explore the relationships between internal and external computer components. Emphasis is placed on customer service skills and career exploration. Upon successful completion of the course, students may qualify to take the A+ certification exam.

    (8623) Building on the foundation of Computer Systems Technology I, this advanced course provides students with training in procedures for optimizing and troubleshooting concepts for computer systems and subsystems. Students explore wireless technologies (e.g., Bluetooth, Wi-Fi) and create and configure a network. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, skill-building, and workplace readiness. The course prepares students for postsecondary education and training and a successful career in information technology. Upon successful completion of the course, students may qualify to take the A+ certification exam. The cooperative education method is available for this course. Students combine classroom instruction and supervised on-the-job training in an approved position with continuing supervision throughout the school year.


    Upon successful completion of the course, students may qualify to take the following certification exams:

    • A+ Certification (2012) Objectives)

    • Brainbench Systems Administration and Technical Support Certifications

    • Business Information Processing

    • Certified Computer Service Technician (CST)

    • CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology Certification

    • Computer Maintenance Technology Examination

    • Computer Networking Fundamentals Assessment

    • Computer Repair Technology Assessment

    • Computer Technology Assessment

    • Customer Service Examination

    • IT Essentials 1 Examination (PC Hardware and Software)

    • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Program

    • National Career Readiness Certificate

    • Virginia Workplace Readiness Assessment and IC3 Certification

    • Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination



    Under a competency-based system of student assessment, traditional grades are replaced by reports of student progress in demonstrating proficiency in meeting Learning Goals for Duty Areas or units and Learning Targets (Competencies). Because student progress will be measured cumulatively, formal grades will only be reported at the end of a semester.

    Student progress will reported as:

    4.0: Exemplary/Exceeds standard

    3.0: Proficient/Meets standard

    2.0: Developing/Approaching standard

    1.0: Beginning/Well below standard

    Below 1.0: Insufficient work shown

    A variety of assessment strategies including projects, lab demonstrations, oral reports, essays, student portfolios, student/teacher conferences, as well as traditional tests, quizzes and homework will be used to determine student progress.

    Student behavior may be reported if necessary, but will not factor into the assessment of student performance.

    Traditional Grade/Competency Conversion:

    3.75-4.00: A+

    3.26-3.74: A

    3.00-3.25: A-

    2.84-2.99: B+

    2.67-2.83: B

    2.50-2.66: B-

    2.34-2.49: C+

    2.17-2.33: C

    2.00-2.16: C-

    1.76-1.99: D+

    1.26-1.75: D

    1.00-1.25: D-

    Below 1.0: F


    School Phone Number: 540-245-5002

    Extension/Email: Arden Harner, ext. 215, aharner@valleytech.us


    Doctor, Quentin, CompTIA A+ Complete Deluxe Study Guide 3nd Edition, Sybex, 2016.

    ISBN-13: 978-1119137931