Computer Systems

The Computer Systems course provides a hands-on introduction to computer systems, including aspects of servicing, upgrading, and maintaining hardware and software. It is one of the core courses offered by the Academy of Information Technology. Computer Systems walks students through setting up hardware, installing software, connecting to a network, and connecting to the Internet. It guides students through servicing, upgrading, and maintaining processing components, memory and storage components, input components, and output components. It also addresses protecting, maintaining, and upgrading software and provides troubleshooting techniques. Finally, students get a chance to discover what types of careers exist in systems work today.

For the culminating project, students apply the knowledge they gain throughout the course to completely disassemble a computer system, troubleshoot for hardware failures as needed, and then reassemble the system. They also load the operating system and other software applications onto the rebuilt system and connect it to a network. To document their work, students create a poster that presents their completed work.

This course is expected to take a total of 78 50-minute class periods.

Course Scope & Sequence

The Scope & Sequence lists the learning objectives for each lesson, providing you with an overview of what your students will learn during the course. You can use these learning objectives as a guide to determine how the course enables your students to reach the requisite goals set for them.

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Lesson Descriptions

The Lesson Descriptions document includes a brief overview of every lesson in the course. This is the narrative companion to the course Scope & Sequence document.

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Course Support

If you have questions about this course, need a hand with a particular lesson, or just have a great idea to share, please contact the NAF Instructional Managers directly at We are available to support you in teaching the course while also gathering feedback to improve the NAF curriculum.

Culminating Project Overview

In every NAF course, students complete a culminating project and present it in the final lesson. Download the Project Overview to learn the details about the culminating project for this course and to find out what advance preparation the project entails.

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NAFTrack Certification Course Guide

NAFTrack Certification is a nationally recognized, standards-based set of tools developed by NAF to evaluate students' readiness for college and career. By completing all NAFTrack Certification requirements, students demonstrate mastery of academic skills and career-related knowledge. The requirements are as follows: for each of four NAF courses, students complete all coursework, pass the end-of-course exam, and fulfill culminating project responsibilities, as evidenced by uploading key pieces of work.

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Correlations to the Common Core State Standards

This document identifies which of the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards are met by each lesson in the course. You can use these correlations as an aid to preparing your students for college and careers.

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We welcome questions and feedback about these course materials. For a prompt response, please email Kevin English directly at

The ZIP file below contains the current version of every file for this course. Be sure to download it before the start of each school year. If you just need a specific file or two, it's quicker to use the individual links listed on this page.

All Course Files (ZIP file)

Unit 1: Getting Started

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

This lesson uses a .mov file that must be unzipped and requires an up-to-date video player such as Windows Media Player or Apple's QuickTime Player to view. If you have difficulty playing this file, please consult the tech coordinator for your school.

Lesson 2: Peripherals and Drivers

Lesson 3: Managing Software

Unit 3: Operating Systems

Lesson 6: Windows Operating Systems Overview

Lesson 7: Installing and Upgrading the OS

Lesson 8: Overview of Linux and Mac OS X Operating Systems

Unit 5: Memory and Storage Devices

Lesson 12: How Memory Works

Lesson 13: Storage Technologies and Devices

Unit 7: Careers and Course Closure

Lesson 17: Putting It All Together

Lesson 18: Working in Computer Systems and Learning from Industry Experts

Lesson 19: Project Presentation and Course Closure

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