The A certification is an entry-level certification. You should have a basic understanding of computers, including the following skills, before taking this course.
Installing and running programs.
Using basic productivity software including word processing applications.
Saving files created by common applications.
Browsing the Internet.
The A certification has been updated for 2009. To obtain the certification, you must pass two exams:
The A Essentials exam (220-701) covers basic operating system and hardware concepts.
The A Practical Application exam (220-702) covers details on installing and troubleshooting hardware and configuring devices for use by the operating system.
This course covers content for the A Essentials exam. TestOut training is also available for the A Practical Application exam. You should study the material in the Essentials course before studying for the Practical Application exam. If possible, we recommend that you study for both exams before taking either exam.
In this section students will learn the basics of operating systems. An operating system is a set of programs that acts as an interface between the applications that are running on a computer and the computer’s hardware. Concepts covered in this section include:
Actions performed by operating systems
Operating system attributes:
Parts of an operating system:
Types of Windows operating systems discussed in this course:
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP (Home and Professional)
Windows Vista (Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate)
Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate)
Components of the Windows interface:
User Account Control (UAC)
Students will learn how to:
Customize the Windows Taskbar.
Add and remove gadgets in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
A Essentials Objectives:
3.1 Compare and contrast the different Windows Operating Systems and their features