CIT 114 - Online

A+ Certification Preparation

Dr. Scott Beckstrand Phone: 651-4464 Office: 2659B Email:
Office Hours Mail Sort Code: T2E  Online Course Objectives 220-1001
Course Objectives 220-1002

Required: LabSim PC Pro. 978-1-935080-42-8, Key Ordering Information
Recommended: CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide 10th Edition. Meyers, McGraw-Hill, 978-1260454031

Section or Chapter Complete
Orientation Quiz June 8
Week One June 8
Week Two June 14
Week Three June 21
Week Four June 28
Midterm June 29
Week Five July 5
Week Six July 12
Week Seven July 19
Week Eight July 24
PC Build July 26

This course will prepare you to take and pass the CompTIA A+1001 & 1002 tests. The course consists of videos, lessons, labs, short exams, a midterm and final. All labs and exams are in LabSim.  The final is in LabSim. Please note the table above for required due dates for the LabSim sections (labs and exams). If you complete the first sections before the mid-semester deadline, you can continue to work on the following sections.  You may repeat the labs and exams as many times as you desire, the last attempt will be used for the grade.  The Final test will become available on July 24th and must be taken no later than 11:59pm on  July 26th.  The final can only be taken once and will be available under the Certification tab. There may be a difference in the score shown at TestOut and the score imported to Canvas. This is due to my normalizing the base points (2000). The sync converts the TestOut result to the base 2000 score. The PC Build is done doing a simulation software. When you are ready to do the simulation, select the PC Build module and click on the link. You will need to request access to download. Once downloaded and installed, email me and I will provide a key code for the software. Use the correct form and follow the instructions.  Incomplete build submission will not receive credit.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  

The course objectives are the CompTIA objectives for the A+ certification exams.  While one outcome for the class is to be able to meet the objectives provided by CompTIA, certification is the main goal.  It is expected that students passing the class will be able to take and pass the certification tests, the probability being related to the final grade received. Discount vouchers for the CompTIA test can be found at

This syllabus is subject to change as deemed appropriate by the instructor with notification. 

No exceptions can or will be made on the deadlines.

Please note:

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase the correct LabSim access code. Failure to purchase and use the correct code will result in a F grade.
  2. Class content and material is accessed through Canvas. 
  3. End of Day means 11:59 PM.
  4. Please read the Orientation document and review the contents of the IMPORTANT INFORMATION folder
  5. When accessing the Final, once you select it, the time starts. Do not start (select) the Final until you are ready. Be aware of the amount of time given. 
  6. This class has a required lab final component.  This consists of building a PC and installing the Operating System.  You must pass this lab to receive any grade higher than a C.  Failure to complete the lab will result in a grade no higher than a C.  The build is completed using Simulation software.  If you are unable to use the software, there is an alternate PC Build option but you must first contact me for permission.

Important Note: If you have any concerns about this course and/or me, please contact me first. If I cannot resolve your issue, please contact Arlene Menezes in the CIT Department Office at 702-651-5976. You will be directed to the appropriate Program Director or the Department Chair. You will remain anonymous, if possible, and all communications will be strictly confidential. Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to make your concerns known to me and/or to the CIT Department

I am not able to Withdrawal students. If you need to withdrawal please contact the registration office.

Your grade will be determined as follows:

Quiz *3
Labs 35%
Exams 35%
Midterm 10%
Final 20%
PC Build P/F

* 3 bonus points

Percentage Range Grade Percentage Range Grade Percentage Range Grade
94-100 A 90-93 A- 87-89 B+
84-86 B 80-83 B- 77-79 C+
74-76 C 70-73 C- 67-69 D+
64-66 D 60-63 D- <60 F

You are expected to complete your own work in this class. Cheating on exams or lab exercises is not fair to students who are honestly studying. Cheating is also subject to penalties listed in the CSN Student Academic Integrity Policy. Please make yourself familiar with the College’s Student Academic Integrity Policy (

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