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Syllabus for CNT 50 / CIS 65 Intro to Desktop Operating

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

CRN 20440 (Fall 2016)

Start and End Date

AUG 17, 2016

DEC 20, 2016

Days and Times

Th 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

Th 05:30 PM - 06:20 PM


L800 804

Required Text

Survey of Operating Systems 4ed by Jane Holcombe (Author), Charles Holcombe (Author)

ISBN-10: 0073518182 or ISBN-13: 978-0073518183

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

Other Policies

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


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

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