IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software (A+ Certification Preparation)
IT Essentials presents an in-depth exposure to computer hardware and operating systems. You learn the functionality of hardware and software components as well as suggested best practices in maintenance and safety issues. Through hands-on activities and labs, you learn how to assemble and configure a computer, you will install the motherboard, optical media and hard drives, RAM, and CD-ROM. You will install operating systems and software, and troubleshoot hardware and software problems. This course helps prepare for CompTIA's A+ Certification.
This is a good hands-on beginning level course for someone wanting to enter the field of computer technology. Cisco sponsored curriculum is used for this program. The price includes a computer kit and small tool kit. At the end of the course, the CPU you build is yours to keep. Please note that this is an intensive course which requires time outside of class to complete readings to prepare for each class meeting.
Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a wide range of benefits for industry, governments, and individuals. Data can be collected in extraordinary volume and detail and new data analysis tools have been optimized for the massive amounts of data that IoT produces, to quickly make well-informed decisions. Creating and deploying IoT systems can be a complicated. In this course, you will learn general strategies for planning, designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining an IoT system. You’ll review case studies and assemble and configure an IoT device to work in a sensor network. You will create an IoT device based on an ESP8266 microcontroller and implement common IoT features such as analog and digital sensors, a web-based interface, MQTT messaging, and data encryption.
Other topics include microcontroller programming and IoT security. The approach taken in this course is to apply Internet of Things technologies to solve real-world problems. This course is designed for IT professionals with fundamental skills in computer hardware, software support, and development who want to design, develop, implement, operate, and manage Internet of Things devices and related systems. It aligns with preparation for taking the CertNexus® Certified Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner (Exam ITP-110).
Required Prep: Must be an experienced computer user, comfortable setting up and configuring computers and electronic devices
Recommended Prep: Though not required, previous experience in electronics assembly is helpful
- Plan an IoT implementation
- Construct and program an IoT device
- Communicate with an IoT device using wired and wireless connections
- Process sensor input and control an actuator on an IoT device
- Manage security, privacy, and safety risks on IoT projects
- Manage an IoT prototyping and development project throughout the development lifecycle