Foundations of Computer Operations
Learn the troubleshooting skills necessary to be an effective User Support / Help Desk professional.
DeltaV is offering Ops 201 tuition awards to anyone in Iowa whose employment was affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm
* A 13% discount applies if you enroll in all three courses (102-301).
April 19th – May 14th, 2021
Technical Service & Support
- Technical Service & Support
- Asset management
- Continuous improvement methodologies
- Customer service
- Endpoint technical support
- Incident management
- Issue tracking system
- ITIL service management framework
- Knowledge management, documentation, and standard operating procedures (SOP)
- Remote desktop support and diagnostics
- Service level agreement (SLA)
- Technical project support
- Technical reporting and communication
- Troubleshooting methodology
- User requirements analysis
Hardware & Software
- Desktops and laptops
- Imaging, backup, and recovery
- Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux operating systems
- Microsoft 365 and Exchange
- Performance monitoring and tuning
- Printer/copier/fax troubleshooting
- Software application deployment, updating, and removal
- Workstation software
Infrastructure & Connectivity
- Active directory user support
- Cloud-based virtual machine deployment
- Network protocols TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, LAN, SMTP, WAN, VPN, ports, ethernet
- Network troubleshooting
- VoIP/SIP-based telephony
- Wireless networks
Learn to support technology operations by resolving issues with hardware, software, and virtual or cloud systems.
In this hands-on course, you will deploy and troubleshoot Windows and Linux operating systems in various virtual and cloud environments. Key skills such as customer service, knowledge and process documentation, system shell proficiency, performance monitoring, system process management, issue handling, backup/imaging/recovery tools, and software application installation, maintenance, and removal will be practiced.
The course focuses on practical systems support and troubleshooting. Students will utilize issue tracking systems and the ITIL service management framework to communicate, resolve, and document issues and incidents. Students will also study how endpoints interact with the greater IT infrastructure, exploring concepts such as network protocols, Wi-Fi, and server-based user identity support.
This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects.
At the end of this course, you will be able to land an entry-level IT Support Technician position with skills to:
- Deliver outstanding customer service
- Assess user needs and recommend solutions
- Resolve technical issues in various virtual and cloud environments
- Contribute to and using a shared knowledge repository
- Respond to, log, track, and resolve support cases in an issue tracking system
- Apply a standardized troubleshooting methodology
- Utilize imaging, backup and recovery tools
- Deploy and supporting Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux operating systems
- Use Microsoft 365 and Exchange
- Install, update, and remove software applications
- Study and apply ITIL best practices to service delivery
- Monitor and tune endpoint performance
- Perform IT asset management in a systematic fashion
- Incorporate infrastructure connectivity concepts such as network protocols, Wi-Fi, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony
- Troubleshoot endpoint network connectivity issues
- Be prepared for a Ops 301 course.
- Ops 102: Intro to Computer Operations: If you’re new to configuring computers, complete Ops 102 to get an introduction to how computers work! Practice installing software and load up your own virtual machine in AWS cloud.
- Students with previous experience can test out of this requirement in their application. If you’d like to test straight into this course, please make sure you have experience with all of the topics listed on the Ops 102 Page.
This course will substantially prepare you for achieving the learning objectives of CompTIA Network+ certification. This course covers significant aspects of four of the five domains required for Network+.
- CompTIA A+ 220-1001
- 2.0 Networking
- 3.0 Hardware
- 4.0 Virtualization and Cloud Computing
- 5.0 Hardware and Network Troubleshooting
Computer & Material Requirements
For all Ops courses beyond 102, you must come to class on the first day with:
- A recent-model laptop (or desktop) computer
- An Ops Lab Kit from DeltaV, which contains tools of an IT pro, and a PC to use for labs (where you can uninstall/reinstall the operating system repeatedly).
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 DeltaV. 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.
Learn with Stacked Modules
Concepts in each of our courses are taught using stacked modules, where a new concept is introduced in each class session, building upon what came before it. This is a challenging style that requires persistence, practice, and collaboration, but allows more concepts to be introduced over the length of the course. This method helps students learn and retain more information in a short period of time. Learn more about stacked modules »
DeltaV provides only a pass/fail transcript and does not assign letter grades to each student. However, to monitor student progress throughout each program, DeltaV uses a point-based grading system that is introduced to the students on the first day of each program. In order to pass the class, students must attain at least 90% of available points. For more information, see Grading System and Disciplinary Action For Low Grades.
Punctuality, participation in discussions, completion of assignments, and demonstration of professional courtesy to others are required. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. Passing requires at least 90% attendance. Students should always contact the instructors ahead of time if they are unable to attend all or part of a class session.