A+ Essentials 2009: Computer Hardware Components

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


The IT industry has grown by leaps and bounds, but the backbone of that work has always remained the computers themselves. In order for a computer to function correctly it requires specific types of hardware components. This course covers the different types of motherboards, power supplies, storage devices, central processing units, and memory that are needed by computers and how they work in unison to ensure that computers perform as required. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the CompTIA 220-701: A+ Essentials exam which is half of the requirement necessary to acquire the CompTIA A+ certification.

Target Audience

Individuals undertaking the A+ certification track and companies who need technical staff trained in the A+ exam track


Candidates should have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security. They should be able to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components. They should also understand the basic functionality of the operating system and basic troubleshooting methodology.

Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Motherboards: Form Factor, Components, and Memory Slots

  • distinguish between common motherboard form factors
  • recognize the functions of key motherboard components
  • distinguish between memory slot types
  • Motherboards: Architecture, Sockets, Slots, and Disks

  • recognize how the bus architecture functions
  • recognize the function of processor sockets and slots
  • recognize the function of disk features
  • Computer Storage Devices and Power Supplies

  • recognize key characteristics of computer storage devices
  • recognize key characteristics of computer power supplies
  • Identifying Motherboards, Storage, and Power Options

    CPUs and Cooling Technologies

  • recognize key CPU components
  • recognize types of CPUs
  • recognize ways to reduce the heat generated by CPUs
  • Memory Types and Characteristics

  • recognize the types of memory used in computer systems
  • recognize key characteristics of different types of RAM
  • Identifying CPUs and Memory Types