Course Content and Outcome Guide for CIS 140D

Course Number:
CIS 140D
Course Title:
Operating Sys: Microcomputers
Credit Hours:
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Special Fee:

Course Description

Provides the basic concepts of Linux and Windows operating systems. Includes basic operating system functions, file/folder management, disk partitioning and formatting, operating system and application installation, and system configuration. See www.pcc.edu/cis. Recommended: CIS 120 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

On successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
Ï       Describe the basic functions of desktop operating systems
Ï       Explain the different characteristics of
         Windows 2000 and XP
        Networking Operating Systems
        Server Operating Systems
Ï       Use commands and tools in command line and GUI operating systems to:
        Manage the environment and files
        Run programs
Ï       Define simple LAN and WAN concepts
Ï       Explain how the network operating system controls the network.

Course Activities and Design

This course is presented by means of lecture/discussion sessions, assignments, exams, and lab projects.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Through exams, projects and class assignments students will be assessed to determine if they are able to:
Ï       Define the basic components of an Operating System
Ï       Define the basic components of a Network Operating System and how it differs from a Operating System.
Ï       Define basic components of a network and their functions
Ï       Differentiate between LANs and WANs
Ï       Understand how a single-user operating system, multi-user operating system and network operating system differ.
Ï       Differentiate between command line and GUI operating systems.
Ï       Work effectively on the DOS and Linux command line
Ï       Perform basic user and management functions of a GUI operating system.
Ï       Understand and perform basic file management
Ï       Create partitions and format disks
Ï       Update the Windows environment through update.exe with service packs and suggested updates.
Ï       Differentiate between different filing systems.
Ï       Use file permissions to control access to files
Ï       Manage file ownership
Ï       Boot the system
Ï       Install an operating system
Ï       Install a network client
Ï       Define and understand basic terminology of the Unix operating system.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

(Themes, Concepts, Issues, Competencies and Skills)
Ï       Interact with the Microsoft Command Prompt and perform such commands as the following:
u     dir
u     md
u     cd
u     rd
u     copy and xcopy
u     move
u     Changing devices
u     edit
u     type
Ï       Draw simple network diagram.
Ï       Use Windows Start menu, Control Panel, and Administrative Tools to manage the Windows environment and provide access to system components.
Ï       Use Windows Explorer and/or My Computer to manage files.
Ï       Format and partition disk and install Linux Operating System.
Ï       Manage the Windows desk-top, taskbar, system tray and quick launch areas.
Ï       Customize a Windows user€™s desk-top.
Ï       In Linux environment, perform such commands as the following:
u     Mount and unmount
u     cd
u     mkdir
u     ls
u     cp
u     Create disk partitions using fdisk.
Ï       Install and use GUI interface for the Linux environment.
Ï       Manage virtual memory and the swap file.
Ï       Install and setup the Red Hat Linux 8.0 OS.
Ï       Work with Linux Daemons to manage print files.
Ï       Setup Windows environment for automatic updates.
Ï       Install Windows Updates.