Ops 102: Intro to Computer Operations

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Ready to hack what’s inside the box? Curious about how computers really 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 and Cybersecurity 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.


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



Computer operations

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

Material Requirements

For all Ops courses beyond 101, you must come to class on the first day with:

  • A recent-model laptop (or desktop) computer
  • An Ops Lab Kit from Code Fellows, which contains tools of an IT pro, and a PC to use for labs (where you can uninstall/reinstall the operating system repeatedly).

Laptop Requirements

You are required to supply your own laptop that meets the below requirements. Chromebooks are not suitable for this course, since they are generally underpowered, and not configured for you to control the installed software. You are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your laptop 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 100GB 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

Ops Lab Kit

By the first day of class, you will need to have received an Ops Lab Kit from Code Fellows. This means you are responsible for picking up the Lab Kit at a published time or arranging for it to be delivered to you before class starts.

Each kit contains:

  • A desktop tower PC computer intended for lab and data overwrite
  • Compatible peripherals
  • Two 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive
  • Sysadmin toolkits
  • Cat5e networking supplies
  • A wireless router for firmware modifications
  • And more!

Each kit costs $400, which will be billed to you with your course invoice.


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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