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 Course Title:   Introduction to Operating Systems

 Title Abbreviation:   OPERATING SYSTEMS INTRO

 Department:    CIS

 Course #:    103

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    110301

 EPC:    514

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Introduction to desktop operating systems primarily focused on command line operations. Include file, directory, and disk management. Simple customization, configuration, and network connectivity techniques explored.


Prerequisite: computer literacy, familiarity with Microsoft Windows and keyboarding skills, are strongly recommended.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Format disks.
  2. Locate files and directories/folders.
  3. Make copies of files, directories/folders, and disks.
  4. Rename files, directories/folders, and disks.
  5. Move files and directories/folders.
  6. Delete files and directories/folders.
  7. Create files and directories/folders.
  8. View the contents of files, directories/folders, and disks.
  9. Prevent and/or recover from accidental data loss.
  10. Customize the environment.
  11. Access on-line help.
  12. Use professional publications to learn about operating systems.
  13. Create simple batch file to automate repetitive tasks.
  14. Connect the machine to a network.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Booting the system.
  2. Command line operations.
  3. Use Wildcards (*, ?) and the pipe (|), output redirection (>), and input redirection (<) operations.
  4. Managing files and disks.
  5. The role of configuration files.
  6. Customizing the environment.
  7. Navigating files, folders, and disks.
  8. Creating simple batch files.
  9. Network connectivity.