Unit 2: Computer Technology - Computers

This unit will introduce you to computers, related components, and troubleshooting.

Course Units and Descriptions

Use this table for an overview and navigate to each of the course unit pages.

Unit Description
Review course outline for more details
1 Careers & Safety- Intro, computers, organization, safety, and research careers
2 Computers- organization, hardware, design, software, maintenance, building, repair, and troubleshooting
3 Circuits- Electrical characteristics, calculations, components, digital logic design, project build, and troubleshooting
4 Tetrix-Bot- micro controllers, electronics, robot builds, circuit building, programming, robot navigation, testing, and troubleshooting
5 Web Portfolio- Showcase course work, projects, and understanding with web portfolio and presentation


Unit Content Activity Quick Links, Click to Jump to Specific Activity!

  1. Unit 2, Act. 1: Computer Rebuild and Troubleshooting
    1. Info, Process, Eval

- TOP - Unit 1, Act. 1: Computer Rebuild and Troubleshooting


A class of students interested in the field of Computer Technology, Engineering and Robotics have taken a course to find out what it is all about. One of the major principals of this course/field is the "Design Process". Coming up efficiently with solutions and answers is one of the things Engineers do on a daily bases.


Your challenge as part of a design process model, SPICE is to use this process in a variety of hands-on-practical projects throughout this course. The first being a computer tear down and rebuild. Some of the steps you will be doing are:

    Rebuild computer the right way!
  1. Filling out a SPICE tracking/guide sheet
  2. Sketching a layout of your computer components with major components labeled
  3. Setting up a station, checking condition, prior to tear-down/re-build
  4. Creating and presenting a 4 minute group PPT of a specific computer component

- TOP - Investigation/Ideas:

Ultimate Computer build

Here are some points to think about during the computer tear down that you will need to consider:

  • Familiarizing with a guide/tracking sheet
  • identifying the major steps then summarize and simplify written context
  • Generating lots of ideas and information will benefit your knowledge, skills and experience with this activity
  • Document work, ideas, and steps taken as you go, so as to not miss important entries

There are many design process models out there. Using this process model we can apply it to many things such as troubleshooting, building a computer for a specific need, etc. We will look at a simple process model called SPICE to show how the technical design process works:

Computer Hardware/Software Presentations Links

The Hardware/Software Slideshow presentation link above is a great in-depth resource for supporting your base presentation with. This has a lot of information on hardware and also software including how to install Windows XP, Vista, Seven, and Linux.

Computer Hardware/Software video links
- TOP - Design Process and Troubleshooting links
SPICEj Design Process

The design process can be applied to just about anything. In this case , we will use it for troubleshooting computers, and computer maintenance. Below are some links showing what this process is all about.

teardown- TOP - Create/Construct:

Power Point Sample

Use the Task Report Page as a guide to track your computer hardware hands-on-work. In the tracking table ensure you are specific in what you (not you and your partner) accomplish. The following is a guide to the major computer components you need to complete (The links go to detailed handouts):

  1. Tear-down/Rebuild Steps handout - review each step with instructor before moving on to the next step as this is a practical hands-on process requires check points to reduce mistakes and maximize learning.
  2. Computer Component Presentation handout - students will select a computer component from a list of related computer components for their present ion. Students will research 4 related topics including hardware components, operation, how it works, and variations or similar to share as in-depth explanation and understanding of their computer component. A rough research report will be required to complete first to show your research. The Power Point presentation (sample to right) can be used as a guide or template. Presentation to also include title, description, overview, your topics, summary, and resources. All slides to have related pictures/illustrations (illustrations may be better to support your explanations) to text ratio of 50/50 and ensure you have good contrast with your easy-to-read key points (4-6 per slide) on your topics. Ensure that you hand-in your completed self/peer evaluation sheet once you have preseented.
  3. Task Process Report handout - This will be used to report on maintenance and troubleshooting with individual/group related project tasks that you will be assigned.

- TOP - Evaluation:


You will be evaluated based on your communications, practicality, and information delivered.

Evaluation Breakdown - Tear-down Process Marks
Always double check that you have completed all components for full marks.
Steps 1-2 - Computer tagged, specs, and detailed technical sketch with labels 15
Steps 3-4 - Power-up condition and computer box air/dirt cleaned 10
Step 5 - Complete dis-assemble, and all parts laid out neat and organized 10
Step 6 - Complete re-assemble, and all parts back together properly, and cables neat 10
Step 7 - Initial power-up with teacher present and troubleshooting if necessary 15
Presentation Marks
Rough Report - Description, 4 main topics, and resources 13
PPT Content - Key topic information 15
PPT Layout - Organized, visual appealing, and easy to read 15
PPT Presented - Content, communications, Knowledge & time 20

Emergency Supply Teacher Instructions

In case of emergency, this Computer Hardware review and questions is to be used if supply teacher asks you to do it. Copy the review questions to a Google doc, then use the computer hardware article to answer questions 1-25. Answer in point form in your own words. For further advanced work, copy the Discussion Questions to a Google doc and answer questions 1-12. Marks will be based on 1/2 mark for quick/short answers, 1 mark for long/detailed answers. Pay close attention to question wording to answer each question fully.