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Authors : Cisco Networking Academy. Publisher : Cisco Press. Publication Date : Oct 23 2010.
IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide, Fourth Edition, supports the Cisco Networking Academy IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software version 4.1 course. The course provides an introduction to computer components, laptops and portable devices, wireless connectivity, security and safety, environmental concerns, and diagnostic tools. As a CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum, the course helps you prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification. The fundamentals part of the course, covered in Chapters 1'10, helps you prepare for the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam (220-701). You learn the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security and validate the communication skills and professionalism required of all entry-level IT professionals. The advanced part of the course, covered in Chapters 11'16, helps you prepare for the CompTIA A+ Practical Application exam (220-702), providing more of a hands-on orientation and scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems. Students must pass both exams to earn the CompTIA A+ certification. The features of the Companion Guide are designed to help you study and succeed in this course: n Chapter objectives-Review core concepts by answering the focus questions listed at the beginning of each chapter. n Key terms-Refer to the updated lists of networking vocabulary introduced and turn to the highlighted terms in context. n Check Your Understanding Questions and Answer Key-Evaluate your readiness with the updated end-of-chapter questions that match the style of questions you see on the online course quizzes. Virtual Desktop, Virtual Laptop, and Packet Tracer Activities,on the CD that accompanies this book, are virtual learning tools to help you develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. New for this edition, Cisco Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities promote the exploration of networking and network security concepts and allow you to experiment with network behavior. All the Labs, Worksheets, and Class Discussion Exercisesfrom the course are available in the separate book, IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Lab Manual, Fourth Edition. More than 120 activities emphasize the practical application of skills and procedures needed for hardware and software installations, upgrades, and troubleshooting systems. IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Lab Manual Fourth Edition ISBN-10: 1-58713-262-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-262-9 Related Title: IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Course Booklet Version 4.1 ISBN-10: 1-58713-261-3 ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-261-2 Companion CD-ROM The CD-ROM contains all of the Virtual Desktop Activities, Virtual Laptop Activities, and Packet Tracer Activities referenced throughout the book. Designed and developed by the Cisco Networking Academy, these standalone tools supplement classroom learning by providing 'hands-on' experience where real equipment is limited. (Note: the Packet Tracer software is not included with this CD. Ask your instructor for access to Packet Tracer.)
The only Cisco authorized textbook for the revised IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software course (v4.1), from the Cisco Networking Academy Companion Guide format complements the online curriculum with added insight and instruction from Academy instructors. A portable reference that supports all the topics in the new course, aligning 1:1 with course modules. Features improved readability, enhanced topic explanations, real-world examples, and all new graphical presentations. Aligned to new A+ objectives. The IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide 4/e supplements and complements the version 4.1 online curriculum offered by the Cisco Networking Academy. The Companion Guide is designed as the textbook for the Networking Academy course, offering students a portable desk reference of the course content to use anytime anywhere as a study aid. The chapter content aligns 1:1 to the online course module topics, but does not merely mimic the content word-for-word. The authors present the course material in the Companion Guide in a comprehensive manner, providing their own examples where necessary to augment a student's understanding of the course material. This book will have the CompTIA A+ seal of approval. The book focuses on the following elements to support the online curriculum: Chapter Objectives are stated as questions at beginning of each chapter. Key terms listed in the Chapter openers. Enhanced readability for younger student comprehension. How To Feature provides step-by-step tasks for common activities. Key concept recaps, Check Your Understanding Questions, and next chapter previews are in a concise summary at the end of each chapter