Devry Comp129 Week 7 Course Project Latest 2015 October

NAME
DATE
PROFESSOR
COMP129 PROJECT
Remember to use this
template to submit your class project.
Save the file with your name and COMP129 Project in the title. (Remove
this comment before you turn in your lab!)

What purpose did you select for the computer you will
be building?

ADD IN ANSWER HERE.

What price range
did you select for the computer you will be building? Were you able to stay within
budget? Why or why not?

ADD IN ANSWER HERE.

List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and monitor
size. Add to this list as needed.

HAVE
YOU CREATED AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET FOR THIS PROJECT? ARE THESE INCLUDED IN YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Determine all necessary parts to buy.(Include at
least the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list
as needed.)

What parts did you decide to buy? ARE THESE INCLUDED IN YOUR
SPREADSHEET?

Include OS and software.

What OS and software did you decide to include? ARE THESE INCLUDED
IN YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.

HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Price parts from two locations. You may use bricks and
mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect and online sellers, such
asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. So you can do all of your comparison shopping online,
if you desire.

WHAT TWO LOCATIONS DID YOU CHOOSE TO PRICE PARTS? (YOU WILL BE ADDING IN THE PRICES FROM THESE
TWO LOCATIONS AS SEPARATE COLUMNS IN YOUR SPREADSHEET. (See item #8 below))

Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals.

ADD
IN THE PRICES FROM THESE TWO LOCATIONS AS SEPARATE COLUMNS IN YOUR SPREADSHEET. MAKE SURE YOU ADD THE VENDOR, PRICE AND TOTAL
FOR ALL ITEMS YOU SELECT AS WELL AS THE COMPUTER AS A WHOLE.

Write a 2–5 paragraph report on your learning and
experiences in completing this project. (10 points)

MAKE SURE TO
INCLUDE AN INTRODUCTION, 2-3 PARAGRAPHS ABOUT THE PROJECT, AND A CONCLUSION FOR
FULL CREDIT ON THIS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT.

DELETE THIS SECTION
BEFORE YOU TURN IN YOUR PROJECT REPORT:
Week by week additions to the project:
Week 1: This week is an introduction to hardware and
software and you will learn to identify
basic computer components and the role of the operating system. Make sure you decide upon a purpose for your project and an
associated budget.
Week 2: This week is an
introduction to motherboards, CPUs, memory, and BIOS/CMOS. Apply what you are learning this week to your
Course Project by investigating which motherboard, CPU, and memory selection
is appropriate for your computer build.
Week 3: This week
is an introduction to the basic function of the operating system the most
common types of operating systems available. Apply what you are learning this week to your
Course Project by investigating which OS
is appropriate for your computer and what version to install.
Week 4: This week
is an introduction to how a hard drive works and what forms of peripherals,
back-up, and storage devices are available.
Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what hard drive, peripherals, and storage media you want to
include with your system.
Week 5: This week
is an introduction to networking and networking
components. Apply what you are learning
this week to your Course Project by investigating what NIC to include with your system.
Week 6: This week
introduces topics related to security.
Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what OS to include with
your system. In addition, decide how to handle physical security issues
for your computer, as well as what you will use to help fight malware and viruses.
Are you going to choose a firewall? Why or why not?
Week 7: The course project is due this week and
covers what was learned in previous week’s about the components of a computer
system. Be sure to turn in the Lab
Project Template as well as your
spreadsheet.

While the best source of
information for Course Project instructions is the
“Course Project” link in the “Course Home” section of the course shell, I
repeat those instructions here, without the hyperlinks…Course Project: Due in Week 7 (Begin in Week 1)ObjectivesBUILDING
A PERFECT PC!The COMP129 project is designed to
help you apply what you are learning each week using current hardware and
software options to build a PC that meets a specific purpose. Although your
Final Project is due in Week 7, you will begin working in Week 1 and continue
adding components to your computer in each week of the class. Start by
selecting the purpose of your computer and a budget. Then you can work each
week to select components for your PC based on what you are learning in your
class activities. Download the project deliverable template and create a
spreadsheet in Week 1. (Remember, you will be turning in these two files in
Week 7.) Build on these during the term as you work on building your
perfect PC. GuidelinesPlan to build your perfect PC.
(Remember, you are to select each part of the computer. No kits are allowed. No
prebuilt computing devices are allowed. This project is designed to help you
apply what you are learning each week using current hardware and software
options.) Use the lab project template to turn in your project questions.
Attach an Excel spreadsheet that includes the major components, specifications,
parts, vendors, pricing, and total cost as outlined below. (You can add
additional rows and columns to the Excel template if you want to add more than
the minimum in your completed computer build).
Plan the purpose of your computer. (Remember, Chapter
10 in your textbook will give you some ideas on what you might select as a
purpose.)
Preplan a price range and try to stick to it. (Were you
able to stick to your budget? Why or why not?)
List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
(Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and
monitor size. Add to this list as needed).
Determine all necessary parts to buy. (Include at least
the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list as needed.)
Include OS and software.
Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.
Price parts from two locations. You may use
brick-and-mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect, and online
sellers, such asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. You can do all of your comparison shopping online, if
you desire. (You will be adding in the prices from these two locations as
separate columns in your spreadsheet. See Item 8 below.)
Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals. (Make sure you add the vendor, price, and total for all the
items you select, as well as the total for the computer as a whole.)
Write a 4–5-paragraph report on your learning and
experiences in completing this project. Make sure to include an
introduction, two to three paragraphs about the project, and a conclusion
for full credit on this part of the assignment. Remember, this portion of
the project is worth 10 points, so make sure you are thorough and complete
in your essay.
Grading
Rubrics

Category

Points

%

Description

Completeness of specs and
parts

10

28.5

All major components, OS,
and software listed

Content, including brands,
prices, and citation of source

15

43

All points addressed with
adequate content

Quality and completeness of
2–5-paragraph report

10

28.5

Report will not address the steps
taken to complete project, but will describe the learning taken away by
completing the assignment

Total

35

100

A quality project will meet or
exceed all of the above requirements.

Download the project template: Remember,
you will have two files to submit in Week 7: the project template and your
Excel spreadsheet.Submit your assignment (two files)
to the Week 7 Course Project Dropbox located on the silver tab at the top of
this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step
instructionsor watch this Tutorial Dropbox Tutorial.See the Syllabus section “Due
Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.Best
PracticesWork each week: Although your Final
Project is due in Week 7, start working in Week 1 and continue adding
components to your computer in each week of the class. In Week 1, you will be
selecting the purpose of your computer, as well as a budget. Find a purpose
that will be interesting to you as you address the components each week
throughout the course. (Remember, Chapter 10 in your textbook will give you
some ideas on what you might select as a purpose.) You will work each week to
select components for your PC based on what you are learning in your class
activities. Budget: Were you able to stick to
your original budget? Why or why not? Include this information on the project
template.Template: Use the project template
to answer the questions and frame your project deliverables. Make sure you
write in complete sentences and address all sections of the project. The
component lists are the minimum—add in additional items as you find them each
week. Different computer purposes and budgets will require different
considerations for parts and budget. Make sure you add in everything necessary
for your specific purpose. Did you have to modify your budget as you worked to
select components each week?Excel: Create an excel spreadsheet
that includes all of the gradable items.
List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and
monitor size. Add to this list as needed.
Determine all necessary parts to buy. (Include at least
the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list as needed.)
Include OS and software.
Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.
Price parts from two locations: You may use
brick-and-mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect, and online
sellers, such asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. You can do all of your comparison shopping online, if
you desire.
Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals. Add the prices from the two vendor locations as separate
columns in your spreadsheet. Make sure you add the vendor, price, and
total for all items you select, as well as for the computer as a whole.
Essay: Make sure to include an
introduction, two to three paragraphs about the project, and a conclusion for
full credit on this part of the assignment. Remember, this portion of the
project is worth 10 points, so make sure you are thorough and complete in your
essay. Talk about the purpose and budget issues, as well. How did you use your
budget to select components? Were there any surprises? Were you able to stick
to your original budget? Why or why not? Were there things you ended up not
adding due to budget restrictions? These are only some things to consider as
you assess your project work for the term.Week-by-Week
Additions to the ProjectWeek 1: This week is an introduction to hardware and software, and
you will learn to identify basic computer components and the role of the
operating system. Make sure you decide on a purpose for your project and an
associated budget. (Remember, Chapter 10 in your textbook will give you some
ideas on what you might select as a purpose.)Week 2: This week is an introduction to motherboards, CPUs, memory,
and BIOS/CMOS. Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating which motherboard, CPU, and memory selection is appropriate for
your computer build.Week 3: This week is an introduction to the basic function of the
operating system the most common types of operating systems available. Apply
what you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating which
OS is appropriate for your computer and what version to install.Week 4: This week is an introduction to how a hard drive works and
what forms of peripherals, backup, and storage devices are available. Apply
what you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating what
hard drive, peripherals, and storage media you want to include with your
system.Week 5: This week is an introduction to networking and networking
components. Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what NIC to include with your system.Week 6: This week introduces topics related to security. Apply what
you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating what OS to
include with your system. In addition, decide how to handle physical security
issues for your computer, as well as what you will use to help fight malware
and viruses. Are you going to choose a firewall? Why or why not?
Week 7: The Course Project is due this week and covers what was
learned in previous week’s about the components.

NAME
DATE
PROFESSOR
COMP129 PROJECT
Remember to use this
template to submit your class project.
Save the file with your name and COMP129 Project in the title. (Remove
this comment before you turn in your lab!)

What purpose did you select for the computer you will
be building?

ADD IN ANSWER HERE.

What price range
did you select for the computer you will be building? Were you able to stay within
budget? Why or why not?

ADD IN ANSWER HERE.

List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and monitor
size. Add to this list as needed.

HAVE
YOU CREATED AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET FOR THIS PROJECT? ARE THESE INCLUDED IN YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Determine all necessary parts to buy.(Include at
least the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list
as needed.)

What parts did you decide to buy? ARE THESE INCLUDED IN YOUR
SPREADSHEET?

Include OS and software.

What OS and software did you decide to include? ARE THESE INCLUDED
IN YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.

HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Price parts from two locations. You may use bricks and
mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect and online sellers, such
asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. So you can do all of your comparison shopping online,
if you desire.

WHAT TWO LOCATIONS DID YOU CHOOSE TO PRICE PARTS? (YOU WILL BE ADDING IN THE PRICES FROM THESE
TWO LOCATIONS AS SEPARATE COLUMNS IN YOUR SPREADSHEET. (See item #8 below))

Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals.

ADD
IN THE PRICES FROM THESE TWO LOCATIONS AS SEPARATE COLUMNS IN YOUR SPREADSHEET. MAKE SURE YOU ADD THE VENDOR, PRICE AND TOTAL
FOR ALL ITEMS YOU SELECT AS WELL AS THE COMPUTER AS A WHOLE.

Write a 2–5 paragraph report on your learning and
experiences in completing this project. (10 points)

MAKE SURE TO
INCLUDE AN INTRODUCTION, 2-3 PARAGRAPHS ABOUT THE PROJECT, AND A CONCLUSION FOR
FULL CREDIT ON THIS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT.

DELETE THIS SECTION
BEFORE YOU TURN IN YOUR PROJECT REPORT:
Week by week additions to the project:
Week 1: This week is an introduction to hardware and
software and you will learn to identify
basic computer components and the role of the operating system. Make sure you decide upon a purpose for your project and an
associated budget.
Week 2: This week is an
introduction to motherboards, CPUs, memory, and BIOS/CMOS. Apply what you are learning this week to your
Course Project by investigating which motherboard, CPU, and memory selection
is appropriate for your computer build.
Week 3: This week
is an introduction to the basic function of the operating system the most
common types of operating systems available. Apply what you are learning this week to your
Course Project by investigating which OS
is appropriate for your computer and what version to install.
Week 4: This week
is an introduction to how a hard drive works and what forms of peripherals,
back-up, and storage devices are available.
Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what hard drive, peripherals, and storage media you want to
include with your system.
Week 5: This week
is an introduction to networking and networking
components. Apply what you are learning
this week to your Course Project by investigating what NIC to include with your system.
Week 6: This week
introduces topics related to security.
Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what OS to include with
your system. In addition, decide how to handle physical security issues
for your computer, as well as what you will use to help fight malware and viruses.
Are you going to choose a firewall? Why or why not?
Week 7: The course project is due this week and
covers what was learned in previous week’s about the components of a computer
system. Be sure to turn in the Lab
Project Template as well as your
spreadsheet.

While the best source of
information for Course Project instructions is the
“Course Project” link in the “Course Home” section of the course shell, I
repeat those instructions here, without the hyperlinks…Course Project: Due in Week 7 (Begin in Week 1)ObjectivesBUILDING
A PERFECT PC!The COMP129 project is designed to
help you apply what you are learning each week using current hardware and
software options to build a PC that meets a specific purpose. Although your
Final Project is due in Week 7, you will begin working in Week 1 and continue
adding components to your computer in each week of the class. Start by
selecting the purpose of your computer and a budget. Then you can work each
week to select components for your PC based on what you are learning in your
class activities. Download the project deliverable template and create a
spreadsheet in Week 1. (Remember, you will be turning in these two files in
Week 7.) Build on these during the term as you work on building your
perfect PC. GuidelinesPlan to build your perfect PC.
(Remember, you are to select each part of the computer. No kits are allowed. No
prebuilt computing devices are allowed. This project is designed to help you
apply what you are learning each week using current hardware and software
options.) Use the lab project template to turn in your project questions.
Attach an Excel spreadsheet that includes the major components, specifications,
parts, vendors, pricing, and total cost as outlined below. (You can add
additional rows and columns to the Excel template if you want to add more than
the minimum in your completed computer build).
Plan the purpose of your computer. (Remember, Chapter
10 in your textbook will give you some ideas on what you might select as a
purpose.)
Preplan a price range and try to stick to it. (Were you
able to stick to your budget? Why or why not?)
List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
(Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and
monitor size. Add to this list as needed).
Determine all necessary parts to buy. (Include at least
the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list as needed.)
Include OS and software.
Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.
Price parts from two locations. You may use
brick-and-mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect, and online
sellers, such asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. You can do all of your comparison shopping online, if
you desire. (You will be adding in the prices from these two locations as
separate columns in your spreadsheet. See Item 8 below.)
Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals. (Make sure you add the vendor, price, and total for all the
items you select, as well as the total for the computer as a whole.)
Write a 4–5-paragraph report on your learning and
experiences in completing this project. Make sure to include an
introduction, two to three paragraphs about the project, and a conclusion
for full credit on this part of the assignment. Remember, this portion of
the project is worth 10 points, so make sure you are thorough and complete
in your essay.
Grading
Rubrics

Category

Points

%

Description

Completeness of specs and
parts

10

28.5

All major components, OS,
and software listed

Content, including brands,
prices, and citation of source

15

43

All points addressed with
adequate content

Quality and completeness of
2–5-paragraph report

10

28.5

Report will not address the steps
taken to complete project, but will describe the learning taken away by
completing the assignment

Total

35

100

A quality project will meet or
exceed all of the above requirements.

Download the project template: Remember,
you will have two files to submit in Week 7: the project template and your
Excel spreadsheet.Submit your assignment (two files)
to the Week 7 Course Project Dropbox located on the silver tab at the top of
this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step
instructionsor watch this Tutorial Dropbox Tutorial.See the Syllabus section “Due
Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.Best
PracticesWork each week: Although your Final
Project is due in Week 7, start working in Week 1 and continue adding
components to your computer in each week of the class. In Week 1, you will be
selecting the purpose of your computer, as well as a budget. Find a purpose
that will be interesting to you as you address the components each week
throughout the course. (Remember, Chapter 10 in your textbook will give you
some ideas on what you might select as a purpose.) You will work each week to
select components for your PC based on what you are learning in your class
activities. Budget: Were you able to stick to
your original budget? Why or why not? Include this information on the project
template.Template: Use the project template
to answer the questions and frame your project deliverables. Make sure you
write in complete sentences and address all sections of the project. The
component lists are the minimum—add in additional items as you find them each
week. Different computer purposes and budgets will require different
considerations for parts and budget. Make sure you add in everything necessary
for your specific purpose. Did you have to modify your budget as you worked to
select components each week?Excel: Create an excel spreadsheet
that includes all of the gradable items.
List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and
monitor size. Add to this list as needed.
Determine all necessary parts to buy. (Include at least
the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list as needed.)
Include OS and software.
Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.
Price parts from two locations: You may use
brick-and-mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect, and online
sellers, such asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. You can do all of your comparison shopping online, if
you desire.
Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals. Add the prices from the two vendor locations as separate
columns in your spreadsheet. Make sure you add the vendor, price, and
total for all items you select, as well as for the computer as a whole.
Essay: Make sure to include an
introduction, two to three paragraphs about the project, and a conclusion for
full credit on this part of the assignment. Remember, this portion of the
project is worth 10 points, so make sure you are thorough and complete in your
essay. Talk about the purpose and budget issues, as well. How did you use your
budget to select components? Were there any surprises? Were you able to stick
to your original budget? Why or why not? Were there things you ended up not
adding due to budget restrictions? These are only some things to consider as
you assess your project work for the term.Week-by-Week
Additions to the ProjectWeek 1: This week is an introduction to hardware and software, and
you will learn to identify basic computer components and the role of the
operating system. Make sure you decide on a purpose for your project and an
associated budget. (Remember, Chapter 10 in your textbook will give you some
ideas on what you might select as a purpose.)Week 2: This week is an introduction to motherboards, CPUs, memory,
and BIOS/CMOS. Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating which motherboard, CPU, and memory selection is appropriate for
your computer build.Week 3: This week is an introduction to the basic function of the
operating system the most common types of operating systems available. Apply
what you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating which
OS is appropriate for your computer and what version to install.Week 4: This week is an introduction to how a hard drive works and
what forms of peripherals, backup, and storage devices are available. Apply
what you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating what
hard drive, peripherals, and storage media you want to include with your
system.Week 5: This week is an introduction to networking and networking
components. Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what NIC to include with your system.Week 6: This week introduces topics related to security. Apply what
you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating what OS to
include with your system. In addition, decide how to handle physical security
issues for your computer, as well as what you will use to help fight malware
and viruses. Are you going to choose a firewall? Why or why not?
Week 7: The Course Project is due this week and covers what was
learned in previous week’s about the components.

NAME
DATE
PROFESSOR
COMP129 PROJECT
Remember to use this
template to submit your class project.
Save the file with your name and COMP129 Project in the title. (Remove
this comment before you turn in your lab!)

What purpose did you select for the computer you will
be building?

ADD IN ANSWER HERE.

What price range
did you select for the computer you will be building? Were you able to stay within
budget? Why or why not?

ADD IN ANSWER HERE.

List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and monitor
size. Add to this list as needed.

HAVE
YOU CREATED AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET FOR THIS PROJECT? ARE THESE INCLUDED IN YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Determine all necessary parts to buy.(Include at
least the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list
as needed.)

What parts did you decide to buy? ARE THESE INCLUDED IN YOUR
SPREADSHEET?

Include OS and software.

What OS and software did you decide to include? ARE THESE INCLUDED
IN YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.

HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Price parts from two locations. You may use bricks and
mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect and online sellers, such
asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. So you can do all of your comparison shopping online,
if you desire.

WHAT TWO LOCATIONS DID YOU CHOOSE TO PRICE PARTS? (YOU WILL BE ADDING IN THE PRICES FROM THESE
TWO LOCATIONS AS SEPARATE COLUMNS IN YOUR SPREADSHEET. (See item #8 below))

Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals.

ADD
IN THE PRICES FROM THESE TWO LOCATIONS AS SEPARATE COLUMNS IN YOUR SPREADSHEET. MAKE SURE YOU ADD THE VENDOR, PRICE AND TOTAL
FOR ALL ITEMS YOU SELECT AS WELL AS THE COMPUTER AS A WHOLE.

Write a 2–5 paragraph report on your learning and
experiences in completing this project. (10 points)

MAKE SURE TO
INCLUDE AN INTRODUCTION, 2-3 PARAGRAPHS ABOUT THE PROJECT, AND A CONCLUSION FOR
FULL CREDIT ON THIS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT.

DELETE THIS SECTION
BEFORE YOU TURN IN YOUR PROJECT REPORT:
Week by week additions to the project:
Week 1: This week is an introduction to hardware and
software and you will learn to identify
basic computer components and the role of the operating system. Make sure you decide upon a purpose for your project and an
associated budget.
Week 2: This week is an
introduction to motherboards, CPUs, memory, and BIOS/CMOS. Apply what you are learning this week to your
Course Project by investigating which motherboard, CPU, and memory selection
is appropriate for your computer build.
Week 3: This week
is an introduction to the basic function of the operating system the most
common types of operating systems available. Apply what you are learning this week to your
Course Project by investigating which OS
is appropriate for your computer and what version to install.
Week 4: This week
is an introduction to how a hard drive works and what forms of peripherals,
back-up, and storage devices are available.
Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what hard drive, peripherals, and storage media you want to
include with your system.
Week 5: This week
is an introduction to networking and networking
components. Apply what you are learning
this week to your Course Project by investigating what NIC to include with your system.
Week 6: This week
introduces topics related to security.
Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what OS to include with
your system. In addition, decide how to handle physical security issues
for your computer, as well as what you will use to help fight malware and viruses.
Are you going to choose a firewall? Why or why not?
Week 7: The course project is due this week and
covers what was learned in previous week’s about the components of a computer
system. Be sure to turn in the Lab
Project Template as well as your
spreadsheet.

While the best source of
information for Course Project instructions is the
“Course Project” link in the “Course Home” section of the course shell, I
repeat those instructions here, without the hyperlinks…Course Project: Due in Week 7 (Begin in Week 1)ObjectivesBUILDING
A PERFECT PC!The COMP129 project is designed to
help you apply what you are learning each week using current hardware and
software options to build a PC that meets a specific purpose. Although your
Final Project is due in Week 7, you will begin working in Week 1 and continue
adding components to your computer in each week of the class. Start by
selecting the purpose of your computer and a budget. Then you can work each
week to select components for your PC based on what you are learning in your
class activities. Download the project deliverable template and create a
spreadsheet in Week 1. (Remember, you will be turning in these two files in
Week 7.) Build on these during the term as you work on building your
perfect PC. GuidelinesPlan to build your perfect PC.
(Remember, you are to select each part of the computer. No kits are allowed. No
prebuilt computing devices are allowed. This project is designed to help you
apply what you are learning each week using current hardware and software
options.) Use the lab project template to turn in your project questions.
Attach an Excel spreadsheet that includes the major components, specifications,
parts, vendors, pricing, and total cost as outlined below. (You can add
additional rows and columns to the Excel template if you want to add more than
the minimum in your completed computer build).
Plan the purpose of your computer. (Remember, Chapter
10 in your textbook will give you some ideas on what you might select as a
purpose.)
Preplan a price range and try to stick to it. (Were you
able to stick to your budget? Why or why not?)
List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
(Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and
monitor size. Add to this list as needed).
Determine all necessary parts to buy. (Include at least
the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list as needed.)
Include OS and software.
Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.
Price parts from two locations. You may use
brick-and-mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect, and online
sellers, such asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. You can do all of your comparison shopping online, if
you desire. (You will be adding in the prices from these two locations as
separate columns in your spreadsheet. See Item 8 below.)
Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals. (Make sure you add the vendor, price, and total for all the
items you select, as well as the total for the computer as a whole.)
Write a 4–5-paragraph report on your learning and
experiences in completing this project. Make sure to include an
introduction, two to three paragraphs about the project, and a conclusion
for full credit on this part of the assignment. Remember, this portion of
the project is worth 10 points, so make sure you are thorough and complete
in your essay.
Grading
Rubrics

Category

Points

%

Description

Completeness of specs and
parts

10

28.5

All major components, OS,
and software listed

Content, including brands,
prices, and citation of source

15

43

All points addressed with
adequate content

Quality and completeness of
2–5-paragraph report

10

28.5

Report will not address the steps
taken to complete project, but will describe the learning taken away by
completing the assignment

Total

35

100

A quality project will meet or
exceed all of the above requirements.

Download the project template: Remember,
you will have two files to submit in Week 7: the project template and your
Excel spreadsheet.Submit your assignment (two files)
to the Week 7 Course Project Dropbox located on the silver tab at the top of
this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step
instructionsor watch this Tutorial Dropbox Tutorial.See the Syllabus section “Due
Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.Best
PracticesWork each week: Although your Final
Project is due in Week 7, start working in Week 1 and continue adding
components to your computer in each week of the class. In Week 1, you will be
selecting the purpose of your computer, as well as a budget. Find a purpose
that will be interesting to you as you address the components each week
throughout the course. (Remember, Chapter 10 in your textbook will give you
some ideas on what you might select as a purpose.) You will work each week to
select components for your PC based on what you are learning in your class
activities. Budget: Were you able to stick to
your original budget? Why or why not? Include this information on the project
template.Template: Use the project template
to answer the questions and frame your project deliverables. Make sure you
write in complete sentences and address all sections of the project. The
component lists are the minimum—add in additional items as you find them each
week. Different computer purposes and budgets will require different
considerations for parts and budget. Make sure you add in everything necessary
for your specific purpose. Did you have to modify your budget as you worked to
select components each week?Excel: Create an excel spreadsheet
that includes all of the gradable items.
List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and
monitor size. Add to this list as needed.
Determine all necessary parts to buy. (Include at least
the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list as needed.)
Include OS and software.
Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.
Price parts from two locations: You may use
brick-and-mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect, and online
sellers, such asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. You can do all of your comparison shopping online, if
you desire.
Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals. Add the prices from the two vendor locations as separate
columns in your spreadsheet. Make sure you add the vendor, price, and
total for all items you select, as well as for the computer as a whole.
Essay: Make sure to include an
introduction, two to three paragraphs about the project, and a conclusion for
full credit on this part of the assignment. Remember, this portion of the
project is worth 10 points, so make sure you are thorough and complete in your
essay. Talk about the purpose and budget issues, as well. How did you use your
budget to select components? Were there any surprises? Were you able to stick
to your original budget? Why or why not? Were there things you ended up not
adding due to budget restrictions? These are only some things to consider as
you assess your project work for the term.Week-by-Week
Additions to the ProjectWeek 1: This week is an introduction to hardware and software, and
you will learn to identify basic computer components and the role of the
operating system. Make sure you decide on a purpose for your project and an
associated budget. (Remember, Chapter 10 in your textbook will give you some
ideas on what you might select as a purpose.)Week 2: This week is an introduction to motherboards, CPUs, memory,
and BIOS/CMOS. Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating which motherboard, CPU, and memory selection is appropriate for
your computer build.Week 3: This week is an introduction to the basic function of the
operating system the most common types of operating systems available. Apply
what you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating which
OS is appropriate for your computer and what version to install.Week 4: This week is an introduction to how a hard drive works and
what forms of peripherals, backup, and storage devices are available. Apply
what you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating what
hard drive, peripherals, and storage media you want to include with your
system.Week 5: This week is an introduction to networking and networking
components. Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what NIC to include with your system.Week 6: This week introduces topics related to security. Apply what
you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating what OS to
include with your system. In addition, decide how to handle physical security
issues for your computer, as well as what you will use to help fight malware
and viruses. Are you going to choose a firewall? Why or why not?
Week 7: The Course Project is due this week and covers what was
learned in previous week’s about the components.

NAME
DATE
PROFESSOR
COMP129 PROJECT
Remember to use this
template to submit your class project.
Save the file with your name and COMP129 Project in the title. (Remove
this comment before you turn in your lab!)








What purpose did you select for the computer you will
be building?


ADD IN ANSWER HERE.

What price range
did you select for the computer you will be building? Were you able to stay within
budget? Why or why not?



ADD IN ANSWER HERE.

List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and monitor
size. Add to this list as needed.



HAVE
YOU CREATED AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET FOR THIS PROJECT? ARE THESE INCLUDED IN YOUR SPREADSHEET?


Determine all necessary parts to buy.(Include at
least the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list
as needed.)



What parts did you decide to buy? ARE THESE INCLUDED IN YOUR
SPREADSHEET?


Include OS and software.

What OS and software did you decide to include? ARE THESE INCLUDED
IN YOUR SPREADSHEET?


Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.


HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR SPREADSHEET?

Price parts from two locations. You may use bricks and
mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect and online sellers, such
asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. So you can do all of your comparison shopping online,
if you desire.




WHAT TWO LOCATIONS DID YOU CHOOSE TO PRICE PARTS? (YOU WILL BE ADDING IN THE PRICES FROM THESE
TWO LOCATIONS AS SEPARATE COLUMNS IN YOUR SPREADSHEET. (See item #8 below))


Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals.


ADD
IN THE PRICES FROM THESE TWO LOCATIONS AS SEPARATE COLUMNS IN YOUR SPREADSHEET. MAKE SURE YOU ADD THE VENDOR, PRICE AND TOTAL
FOR ALL ITEMS YOU SELECT AS WELL AS THE COMPUTER AS A WHOLE.



Write a 2–5 paragraph report on your learning and
experiences in completing this project. (10 points)


MAKE SURE TO
INCLUDE AN INTRODUCTION, 2-3 PARAGRAPHS ABOUT THE PROJECT, AND A CONCLUSION FOR
FULL CREDIT ON THIS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT.



DELETE THIS SECTION
BEFORE YOU TURN IN YOUR PROJECT REPORT:
Week by week additions to the project:
Week 1: This week is an introduction to hardware and
software and you will learn to identify
basic computer components and the role of the operating system. Make sure you decide upon a purpose for your project and an
associated budget.
Week 2: This week is an
introduction to motherboards, CPUs, memory, and BIOS/CMOS. Apply what you are learning this week to your
Course Project by investigating which motherboard, CPU, and memory selection
is appropriate for your computer build.
Week 3: This week
is an introduction to the basic function of the operating system the most
common types of operating systems available. Apply what you are learning this week to your
Course Project by investigating which OS
is appropriate for your computer and what version to install.
Week 4: This week
is an introduction to how a hard drive works and what forms of peripherals,
back-up, and storage devices are available.
Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what hard drive, peripherals, and storage media you want to
include with your system.
Week 5: This week
is an introduction to networking and networking
components. Apply what you are learning
this week to your Course Project by investigating what NIC to include with your system.
Week 6: This week
introduces topics related to security.
Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what OS to include with
your system. In addition, decide how to handle physical security issues
for your computer, as well as what you will use to help fight malware and viruses.
Are you going to choose a firewall? Why or why not?
Week 7: The course project is due this week and
covers what was learned in previous week’s about the components of a computer
system. Be sure to turn in the Lab
Project Template as well as your
spreadsheet.






































While the best source of
information for Course Project instructions is the
“Course Project” link in the “Course Home” section of the course shell, I
repeat those instructions here, without the hyperlinks…Course Project: Due in Week 7 (Begin in Week 1)ObjectivesBUILDING
A PERFECT PC!The COMP129 project is designed to
help you apply what you are learning each week using current hardware and
software options to build a PC that meets a specific purpose. Although your
Final Project is due in Week 7, you will begin working in Week 1 and continue
adding components to your computer in each week of the class. Start by
selecting the purpose of your computer and a budget. Then you can work each
week to select components for your PC based on what you are learning in your
class activities. Download the project deliverable template and create a
spreadsheet in Week 1. (Remember, you will be turning in these two files in
Week 7.) Build on these during the term as you work on building your
perfect PC. GuidelinesPlan to build your perfect PC.
(Remember, you are to select each part of the computer. No kits are allowed. No
prebuilt computing devices are allowed. This project is designed to help you
apply what you are learning each week using current hardware and software
options.) Use the lab project template to turn in your project questions.
Attach an Excel spreadsheet that includes the major components, specifications,
parts, vendors, pricing, and total cost as outlined below. (You can add
additional rows and columns to the Excel template if you want to add more than
the minimum in your completed computer build).
Plan the purpose of your computer. (Remember, Chapter
10 in your textbook will give you some ideas on what you might select as a
purpose.)
Preplan a price range and try to stick to it. (Were you
able to stick to your budget? Why or why not?)
List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
(Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and
monitor size. Add to this list as needed).
Determine all necessary parts to buy. (Include at least
the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list as needed.)
Include OS and software.
Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.
Price parts from two locations. You may use
brick-and-mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect, and online
sellers, such asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. You can do all of your comparison shopping online, if
you desire. (You will be adding in the prices from these two locations as
separate columns in your spreadsheet. See Item 8 below.)
Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals. (Make sure you add the vendor, price, and total for all the
items you select, as well as the total for the computer as a whole.)
Write a 4–5-paragraph report on your learning and
experiences in completing this project. Make sure to include an
introduction, two to three paragraphs about the project, and a conclusion
for full credit on this part of the assignment. Remember, this portion of
the project is worth 10 points, so make sure you are thorough and complete
in your essay.
Grading
Rubrics




















































Category

Points

%

Description

Completeness of specs and
parts


10

28.5

All major components, OS,
and software listed


Content, including brands,
prices, and citation of source


15

43

All points addressed with
adequate content


Quality and completeness of
2–5-paragraph report


10

28.5

Report will not address the steps
taken to complete project, but will describe the learning taken away by
completing the assignment



Total

35

100

A quality project will meet or
exceed all of the above requirements.


Download the project template: Remember,
you will have two files to submit in Week 7: the project template and your
Excel spreadsheet.Submit your assignment (two files)
to the Week 7 Course Project Dropbox located on the silver tab at the top of
this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step
instructionsor watch this Tutorial Dropbox Tutorial.See the Syllabus section “Due
Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.Best
PracticesWork each week: Although your Final
Project is due in Week 7, start working in Week 1 and continue adding
components to your computer in each week of the class. In Week 1, you will be
selecting the purpose of your computer, as well as a budget. Find a purpose
that will be interesting to you as you address the components each week
throughout the course. (Remember, Chapter 10 in your textbook will give you
some ideas on what you might select as a purpose.) You will work each week to
select components for your PC based on what you are learning in your class
activities. Budget: Were you able to stick to
your original budget? Why or why not? Include this information on the project
template.Template: Use the project template
to answer the questions and frame your project deliverables. Make sure you
write in complete sentences and address all sections of the project. The
component lists are the minimum—add in additional items as you find them each
week. Different computer purposes and budgets will require different
considerations for parts and budget. Make sure you add in everything necessary
for your specific purpose. Did you have to modify your budget as you worked to
select components each week?Excel: Create an excel spreadsheet
that includes all of the gradable items.
List all major components in your spreadsheet template.
Include at least the motherboard, processor power, memory, drives, and
monitor size. Add to this list as needed.
Determine all necessary parts to buy. (Include at least
the case, expansion cards, NIC, and keyboard. Add to this list as needed.)
Include OS and software.
Update an Excel spreadsheet with all specifications and
parts.
Price parts from two locations: You may use
brick-and-mortar stores in your area, such as TigerDirect, and online
sellers, such asnewegg.comorhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/. You can do all of your comparison shopping online, if
you desire.
Update your spreadsheet with the seller’s name, prices,
and totals. Add the prices from the two vendor locations as separate
columns in your spreadsheet. Make sure you add the vendor, price, and
total for all items you select, as well as for the computer as a whole.
Essay: Make sure to include an
introduction, two to three paragraphs about the project, and a conclusion for
full credit on this part of the assignment. Remember, this portion of the
project is worth 10 points, so make sure you are thorough and complete in your
essay. Talk about the purpose and budget issues, as well. How did you use your
budget to select components? Were there any surprises? Were you able to stick
to your original budget? Why or why not? Were there things you ended up not
adding due to budget restrictions? These are only some things to consider as
you assess your project work for the term.Week-by-Week
Additions to the ProjectWeek 1: This week is an introduction to hardware and software, and
you will learn to identify basic computer components and the role of the
operating system. Make sure you decide on a purpose for your project and an
associated budget. (Remember, Chapter 10 in your textbook will give you some
ideas on what you might select as a purpose.)Week 2: This week is an introduction to motherboards, CPUs, memory,
and BIOS/CMOS. Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating which motherboard, CPU, and memory selection is appropriate for
your computer build.Week 3: This week is an introduction to the basic function of the
operating system the most common types of operating systems available. Apply
what you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating which
OS is appropriate for your computer and what version to install.Week 4: This week is an introduction to how a hard drive works and
what forms of peripherals, backup, and storage devices are available. Apply
what you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating what
hard drive, peripherals, and storage media you want to include with your
system.Week 5: This week is an introduction to networking and networking
components. Apply what you are learning this week to your Course Project by
investigating what NIC to include with your system.Week 6: This week introduces topics related to security. Apply what
you are learning this week to your Course Project by investigating what OS to
include with your system. In addition, decide how to handle physical security
issues for your computer, as well as what you will use to help fight malware
and viruses. Are you going to choose a firewall? Why or why not?
Week 7: The Course Project is due this week and covers what was
learned in previous week’s about the components.










































































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