Operating System: Microcomputers
Course Number: CIS 140D
Transcript Title: Operating Sys: Microcomputers
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:
CIS 120 or instructor permission
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. Recommended: CIS 120 or instructor permission.
On successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
- Describe the basic functions of desktop operating systems.
- Explain the different characteristics of:
- Windows 2000 and XP
- Networking Operating Systems
- Server Operating Systems
- Use commands and tools in command line and GUI operating systems to:
- Manage the environment and files.
- Run programs.
- Define simple LAN and WAN concepts.
- Explain how the network operating system controls the network.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Through exams, projects and class assignments students will be assessed to determine if they are able to:
- Define the basic components of an Operating System.
- Define the basic components of a Network Operating System and how it differs from an Operating System.
- Define basic components of a network and their functions.
- Differentiate between LANs and WANs.
- Understand how a single-user operating system, multi-user operating system and network operating system differ.
- Differentiate between command line and GUI operating systems.
- Work effectively on the DOS and Linux command line.
- Perform basic user and management functions of a GUI operating system.
- Understand and perform basic file management.
- Create partitions and format disks.
- Update the Windows environment through update.exe with service packs and suggested updates.
- Differentiate between different filing systems.
- Use file permissions to control access to files.
- Manage file ownership.
- Boot the system.
- Install an operating system.
- Install a network client.
- Define and understand basic terminology of the UNIX operating system.
Course Activities and Design
This course is presented by means of lecture/discussion sessions, assignments, exams, and lab projects.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Interact with the Microsoft Command Prompt and perform such commands as the following:
- Copy and xcopy
- Changing devices
- Draw simple network diagram.
- Use Windows Start menu, Control Panel, and Administrative Tools to manage the Windows environment and provide access to system components.
- Use Windows Explorer and/or My Computer to manage files.
- Format and partition disk and install Linux Operating System.
- Manage the Windows desktop, taskbar, system tray and quick launch areas.
- Customize a Windows user’s desktop.
- In Linux environment, perform such commands as the following:
- Mount and unmount
- Create disk partitions using fdisk.
- Install and use GUI interface for the Linux environment.
- Manage virtual memory and the swap file.
- Install and setup the Red Hat Linux 8.0 OS.
- Work with Linux Daemons to manage print files.
- Setup Windows environment for automatic updates.
- Install Windows Updates.