CIS 181 Computer Certification Preparation  is a 3 unit class.  For a typical in-class course this means three hours in class with six additional hours of homework time consisting of tutorial videos, fact sheets, labs, quizzes, discussions and projects.  In an online class, students should be prepared to spend about twelve hours a week on class material.

Except for the midterm and final, class work does not need to be done on the campus.  However, if a student is experiencing problems with their own computer, they need to find another machine to work on. This may mean using a computer in the school lab

Topics in this class are designed to teach you basic network concepts and also help prepare you to take the CompTia A + exam if you so desire.  This class mainly addressed the Objectives for the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam. TheTestout software being used is CompTia certified and

This class is hosted on Canvas and a publisher website called Testout. There is no textbook for this class but you will need to purchase an Access code for the Testout Website.  DO NOT purchase the access code from a web site such as Craig's list.  The access codes cannot be reused so you will be wasting your money.


  1. This class is hosted in Canvas and also involves access to a publisher website.  Canvas will be used for class annoucements and email, discussion groups and some projects other work will be in the publsiher website.  For information on logging into Canvas please visit online.fullcoll.edu. You must be registered through Admissions and Records (A&R) to be able to log into Canvas.  It can take 24 hours after registration for your account to be enabled in Canvas.  The Canvas class is typically not available to students until the start of the semester.

  2. Once in Canvas, you will find the Getting Started Module.  After Carefully reading the syllabus you will need to take the Syllabus quiz.  The Syllabus quiz will not count towards your grade but you must achieve a perfect score on the syllabus quiz in order to see any other class content. The Syllabus quiz can be taken as many times as needed.  After you have gotten 100% on the syllabus quiz, the first Course Content module will open. 

  3. Another important link in the Getting Started Module is a Using Canvas Features pdf.  This will show you how you can receive Canvas annoucments via text if you choose and also walk you through using some other Canvas features.

  4. The Content and Topics section of this syllabus gives directions on how to log into the publisher website used for this class.

  5. You must complete 70% of the work assigned in the first two weeks of class and have you permanent code in order to be able to continue with class. If you fall below the 60% of the work assigned at any time you may be dropped from the class for none participation. 

  6. If you have additional questions, please attend an optional orientation listed in the important dates section.

  1. The teacher may officially withdraw a student who is not participating but it is the student’s responsibility to withdraw if the student decides not to, or is unable to continue in the class. Failure to do so may result in a failing grade. You do not need the instructor’s signature to drop the class. You can drop the class using WebStar.  The Instructor cannot drop you after the Last Drop Date.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure they are properly registered in the class and have not been dropped for non-payment or non-participation. Any student not appearing on the roster at the end of the semester will not receive a grade. It is also the student's responsibility to notify the instructor if they change their name during the semester. If the name and Student ID number do not match the name on the Admissions and Records roster, the student may receive an incorrect grade.

  2. The midterm and final exam that must be taken on campus. You will be required to sign up ahead of time for the exam period(s) you are selecting. A notice will be sent out closer to the time of the sessions calling for your selection time. If you are late in returning your request for a final session you will be delayed on exam day and you may not get your requested session. Each student must bring a pencil and driver’s license or student ID to the exam.  If a review is provided for any exam, it will be closed at least the day before the first exam session is available. If you do not take both the midterm and final exam in this class, you will receive a failing grade for the class.  Makeup exams are not guaranteed and it is up to the discretion of the Instructor whether or not to give a makeup for a missed exam.  Things taken into account in that decision will include the amount and quality of work the student has already completed, the reason for missing the exam and the advance given notice by the student. Makeup exams are more difficult than the original exam and will be given at a time selected by the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to make sure the instructor has all portions of the exam, including uploaded files and all paperwork, before the student leaves the test. Exams cannot be given early.  Do not plan vacation before the last day of the semester or you may miss the final. See the Important Dates section.

  3. This class will use both Canvas and the Testout publisher website.  For information on logging into Canvas please visit online.fullcoll.edu.  It can take 24 hours after registration for your account to be enabled in Canvas.

  4. Watch Due Dates and times carefully. Due Dates are listed in either Canvas and/or the Due Dates section of the syllabus. The instructor reserves the right to change the schedule so please check the web site and your email on a regular basis for updates. Work is typically due at 11:59 p.m. on Fridays although there can be exceptions. If you are having technical issues, there are Labs on campus with computers available for homework assignments. It is the student's responsibility to make sure all assignments are submitted properly. Students should not expect replies to emails requesting extensions to due dates. If you enter the class late, you cannot expect extra time to complete the work.

  5. All emails for this class should be sent through the Canvas mail system. This is to help keep emails from ending up end up in the spam filter or junk mail. Please include your full name, student number, CRN and relevant question information such as chapter or quiz number in all emails. Proper sentence structure including capitalization and punctuation will aid the instructor in understanding your questions and allow for a more timely and helpful response. Here is a Fun link about this topic.  The instructor will attempt to answer all properly formatted emails within 48 business hours, but it is not guaranteed. If an assignment is due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, it is best to send questions by at least Friday morning to allow time for the Instructor to answer. If Blackboard is down, you may email to nwoolridge@fullcoll.edu Answers to messages that are left on voicemail or come to email outside of Canvas may be delayed or not returned.

  6.  Each student must abide by the Academic Honesty Policy.  All issues of academic dishonesty will be reported. This includes accidental submission of another student's work. There will NOT be any warnings.

  7. If you need additional time to complete a test or if you require special accommodations, you must notify the instructor in a timely manner and make arrangements with the Disability Support Services. This may include filling out forms and making sure they are delivered to the instructor. Otherwise you will be expected to adhere to general class accommodations.

  8. Each student needs to take an active part in his/her own education by reading the book, and/or checking the web site. A student is responsible for all material covered in class. The class material, as presented, assumes the student has purchased the textbook bundle and/or website access. Not having the required materials is not sufficient justification for a student's failure to complete assignments. If a textbook is required for class there may a copy of textbook on reserve in the library, but a student has no guarantee of access to that copy at any point in time.

There are two separate categories of points for this class; homework and exams.  If a student achieves 70% of the homework points and 70% of the total exam points in the class, the final grade will be based on the average of the Homework and Exam percentage.  A student must take both the midterm and the final exam order to pass the class. The exams will be held on campus.

In order to receive a C in the class, a student must get at least 70% of the points in both the homework and tests categories. For example, if a student receives 80% of the points for the homework, but only 60% for the tests, they will get a D grade. Likewise, if a student receives 90% of the points on the tests and only 65% of the points on the homework, the student will receive a D grade.  If the student gets 80% of the homework points and 70% of the exam points - the average of those two scores would be 75%, giving the student a C in the class.

Students must maintain at least 60% of the homework points at all times in order to remain in the class. Missing one week’s worth of assignments is considered unsatisfactory attendance and non-participation. Please refer to the Fullerton College Catalog


Event Date
Optional Orientation 8/17/18 at 6:00 p.m room 315
Classes Begin 8/20/18
You must have  70% of the work complete and have your permanent access code in order to be able to continue with class. 8/31/18
Last Day to Add Classes, Drop Without a W, Drop for a Refund 9/3/18
Last Day to Apply for Fall Graduation 9/6/18
Last Day to Withdrawl from Class 11/11/18
Veterans Day Holiday - No Classes 11/12/18
Thanksgiving Holiday - No Classes 11/22 - 11/25/18
Last Day fo the Semester 12/8/18

The majority of the work for this class will be located in a publisher website called.  Follow the link in the Class Description adnd require materials section of the syllabus for instruction on purchasing access to the Testout/Labsim website.   Purchasing the code from the bookstore will be more expensive than purchasing online.  Once you have your Access code, follow these instructions to join our class.  Make sure to enter your first and last name as they are listed in A&R.  If the names do not match you may not receive a grade. All work in Testout can be done an unlimited number of times until the due date.  Your highest score will count. All of the Testout assignments will be available from the beginning of the semester so you may work ahead. There may also be  some projects and discussions that will take place in Canvas. Make sure you check the Canvas website on a regular basis.

Online classes are more difficult than in class courses because they require much more discipline on the part of the student.  Please block out a particular time each week to do classwork.  You need to log into Canvas to view class annoucements, take part in discussions and send email.  In the Testout website you will view Tutorial videos, review topics notes, do labs and answer practice questions.  Here is a PFD showing the approximate times is will take to complete each unit. The First unit in Testout  is a Tutorial on how to use the website.  One important point when using the Testout website is to make sure to Logout when you are finished with your work.  If you simply close the browser window, you may not get credit.


Work is typically due at 11:59 p.m. on Fridays but the instructor reserves the right to change the schedule and there may be exceptions. The student is responsible to check course announcements, email and web content on a regular basis.

Chapter 1 - Course Introduction - Chapter Points 60 - Testout Points after this Unit 60

Chapter 2.0 - PC Technician - Chapter Points 59 - Testout Points after this Unit, 119
You must have achieved at least 83 points or you may be dropped from the class

Last Day to Add/Drop classes - Sunday 9/3/18
Because Chapter 3 is long it will  be split over two weeks
Chapter 3.1 through 3.7  System Components -Total Chapter Points 193, This portion of the chapter is 91 points

Chapter 3 - continued from last week
Chapter 3.8 through 3.14  System Components -Total Chapter Points 193,  Testout Points after this Unit, 312

Chapter 4.0 Peripheral Devices- Chapter 4 Points 106 - Testout Points after this Week 418

Chapter 5.0 Storage - Sections 5.1 thru 5.5

Continuation of Chapter 5 Storage -Chapter Points 106 - Testout Points after this Week 524

On Campus Midterms  Thursday 10/11/18 at 6:30 p.m  Room 315 or Friday 10/12/18 at 2:30 p.m. room 317 or Thursday 10/12/18 at 6:30 p.m. in room 315. The review will close on Wednesday 10/10/18.

Chapter 6 Networking  -Sections 6.1 thru 6.7

 Contiuation Chapter 6 section  6.8 thru 6.14

Chapter 7 sections 7.1 thru 7.3

Chapter 7 Finish the chapter

Last Day to withdraw with W - 4/29/18
Chapter 14.0 Detection and Prevention - Chapter Points 60 - Testout Points after this Unit, 1023

Chapter 15.0 Update Management - Chapter Points 76 - Testout Points after this Unit, 1099

On campus Finals - Friday 5/18/18 3:00 p.m.  or Saturday 5/19/18 10:30 a.m in room 515.  The review will close on 5/17/18 at 11:59 p.m.

OSI Project
Chapter 16.0 Optimization - Chapter Points 27 - Testout Points after this Unit, 1126


Students are expected to have reviewed and comply with the full College Catalog and students should familiarize themselves with the following District, College, and Division Policies including but not limited to the Academic Honesty policy.


Skills Center - Location: Library 
The skills center has staff and materials available to assist you with improving your writing, reading, thinking, vocabulary, keyboarding, study skills, and more. No appointment is necessary and it is free.  For information call (714) 992-7144 

Writing Center – Location: Library 
The Writing Center’s mission is to promote students’ success and independence as writers in college and beyond. We also strive to provide an environment that is conducive to writing and learning and to serve as a model for peer interaction. We help writers make their own choices about a text rather than “fixing” papers for them. We don’t write on students’ papers; we counsel students about the choices they have as writers. For information call (714) 992-7153 

Tutoring Center – Location: Library 
Free tutoring by appointment. Walk-in tutoring for math, accounting, physics, and chemistry. For information call (714) 992-7483. 

Student Success Workshops

Career Builder Series


Complete list of support services


  1. Examine, troubleshoot and solve problems associated with a personal computer.
  2. Perform an installation of a personal computer operating system.
  3. When presented with a set of networking configuration details is able to successfully connect a personal computer to a network