The IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software course provides students with in-depth exposure to computer hardware and operating systems. Course topics include the functionality of hardware and software components as well as suggested best practices in maintenance and safety issues. Students learn to assemble and configure a computer, install operating systems and software, and troubleshoot hardware and software problems. In addition, this course introduces students to networking and often prepares them for industry certification. It is designed to be a course for 9th grade students, however, all grade levels are welcomed.