Ops 102: Intro to Computer Operations

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Overview

Curious about how computers work? Ever wonder how technology professionals build physical computers, upgrade components, configure virtual machines? Join us for Ops 102! You’ll blast through preparations for Ops 201, while getting a tour of the tools and techniques of modern IT professionals at the single computer level.

Pick the track that works for you! Flexible course options means you can fit Ops 102 into your life:

Daytime Immersive - Get it done in one week. Come to campus daily for live, in-person instruction, and collaborate on assignments with peers.

Nights & Weekends - Keep your day job, but finish the class in 2 weeks. Join your instructor weeknights and all day Saturday for live, in-person instruction, and collaboration on assignments with peers.

Self-paced Online - Get it done on YOUR schedule. Access recorded lecture videos and live chat with peers. Finish class in under a month, on your own timeline, with scheduled screen-share support from your instructor.

Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Have confidence in performing basic computer technical operations within an operating system
  • Dive deeper into how computer workstations function
  • Get introduced to IT operations concepts like provisioning, virtualization, working with hardware interfaces, and more
  • Develop proficiency in installing new software and peripherals
  • Be fully prepared for the challenges ahead in Ops 201
  • Have a wider network of new and experienced information systems professionals, and prepare your resume for all the awesome new skills you are about to learn

Prerequisites

  • Required: Computer updated with the latest version of OS, all security patches installed. See “Material Requirements” below.
  • Required: Ops 101 or equivalent exposure to basic IT systems

Topics

Computer operations

  • Computer hardware components and interaction
  • Computer hardware interfaces
  • Operating systems fundamentals
  • Software application installation
  • Virtual machine operations

Multiple Track Options

Daytime Immersive

Ready to dive in full time? Work through the course in just one week. Get trained via live, in-person instruction from an experienced developer and trainer. Work through your hands-on assignments in collaboration with peers looking to switch into a career in cyber ops.

Nights & Weekends

Not quite ready to quit your day job? The Nights & Weekends track may be part-time, but it’s still intensive! Come to campus weeknights for 2 weeks and on one Saturday for the exact same in-depth curriculum offered in the Daytime Immersive. Your instructor will be there for every class, providing live code demos, guiding you through lab assignments, to help you and your peers level up.

Self-paced Online

Want to prepare for Code 201 at your own pace? Build your own schedule to complete the same curriculum in our self-paced online option. Access lecture videos from the Daytime Immersive, join a chat channel dedicated to you and your peers, and schedule screen-share sessions with an instructor to help you get unstuck. Take up to a month to work through the hands-on assignments, turning them in for grading through the exact same system the other tracks use.

Material Requirements

You are required to supply your own laptop that meets the below requirements. Chromebooks are not suitable for this course, since you can’t directly control installed software. You are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your computer throughout the course.

  • 64-bit Operating System, like macOS or Windows 10
  • Fully up to date, with the latest version of the operating system and all security updates installed
  • At least 80GB of free space on the hard drive
  • At least 16GB of RAM required. 32GB RAM strongly preferred
  • Free of viruses, and in general working order

By the first day of class

  • The latest version of Google Chrome
  • A second computer intended for lab and data overwrite, preferably desktop tower PC
  • At least three 64GB USB 2.0 or better flash drive
  • A USB Keyboard
  • A USB Mouse
  • A monitor with HDMI input

Professionalism

Punctuality, participation in discussions, completion of assignments, and demonstration of professional courtesy to others are required, in accordance with our Code of Conduct. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. Students should always contact the instructors ahead of time if they are unable to attend all or part of the published class/lab hours.

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