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CNT 50 / CIS 65 Introdution to Desktop Operating Systems


CNT 50 / CIS 65 Intro to Desktop Operating Sys 
2.00 Units

By performing numerous hands-on labs, students in this class will gain an understanding of desktop operating systems using command line and GUI interfaces. Students will use virtualization software to install and configure operating systems and user applications on a class room computer. Students will also experiment with remote computing and storage. Current operating systems for portable devices will be demonstrated. The role of hardware, application software and the operating system and how they interact with each other will be explored.

Strongly Recommended: CIS 50

College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS


Start and End Date
Aug 16, 2017
Dec 19, 2017


Important Dates

Days and Times
Tuesdays 12:30 PM - 15:30 PM

L800 804

Required Text
Survey of Operating Systems 5th edition by Jane Holcombe (Author), Charles Holcombe (Author)
Las Positas College Bookstore

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Installing Desktop Operating Systems

Measurable Objectives

  • identify the operating system’s functions, structures, and major system files and to explain the function of each

  • compare the features of various operating system

  • identify basic concepts and procedures for creating, viewing, and managing files, and folders for different operating systems

  • use and explain command prompt functions on different operating systems

  • perform disk maintenance operations such as backup, restore, defragment, scan disk

  • install/upgrade Windows and Linux operating system

  • explore Apple operating system and online desktops

  • describe and troubleshoot the bootup and start sequence

  • recognize common problems and determine how to resolve them

  • identify concepts and capabilities relating to the Internet and basic procedures for setting up a system for Internet access

  • identify networking capabilities of an operating system and the procedures for connecting a workstation to a network

Course Assignments

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1

    • Reading Chapter 1: Introduction to Operating Systems

    • Slides

  • Lesson 2

    • Reading Chapter 2: Computer Security Basics

    • Slides

  • Lesson 3

    • Reading Chapter 3: Desktop Virtualization

    • Slides

  • Lesson 4

    • Reading Chapter 4: Windows 7

    • Slides

  • Lesson 5

    • Reading Chapter 5: Windows 8

    • Slides

  • Lesson 6

    • Reading Chapter 6: Under the Windows Desktop: Supporting and Troubleshooting Windows

    • Slides

  • Lesson 7

    • Reading Chapter 7: OS X on the Desktop

    • Slides

  • Lesson 8

    • Reading Chapter 8: Linux on the Desktop

    • Slides

  • Lesson 9

    • Reading Chapter 9: The Command-Line Interface

    • Slides

  • Lesson 10

    • Reading Chapter 10: Connecting Desktops and Laptops to Networks

    • Slides

  • Lesson 11

    • Reading Chapter 11: Mobile Operating Systems

    • Slides

Syllabus subject to change on notification by instructor.  If you have any questions about this syllabus contact your instructor.

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