CISC105 Windows/DOS Concepts

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science

I. Course Number and Title
CISC105 Windows/DOS Concepts
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
3000
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
A departmental final will be administered.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides a detailed study of the command line and graphic user interface of current desktop operating systems. Topics include basic and advanced commands, managing and backup of hard drives, system configuration, troubleshooting tools and booting. Additionally, there is a moderate study of the hardware components of the PC.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. describe the features and purpose of a command line and graphical user interface (GUI) in an operating system;
      2. customize a system’s environment by placing appropriate commands in a batch file;
      3. illustrate the geometry of the hard drive and describe hard drive management, logical and physical file systems, and file management and backup techniques;
      4. change system settings by using both the Control Panel and the Registry; and
      5. describe the concept of network and use NET commands and selected TCP/IP protocols to initiate and manage a network connection.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Basic Operating System Concepts
      1. Starting and shutting down the operating system and using either a command line prompt or GUI to control it.
      2. Starting, running, and closing program(s).
      3. Display the contents of a window and manipulation of the window's properties.
      4. Use of toolbar features.
    2. File Management
      1. Using a text editor.
      2. Creating, saving, organizing, managing, and printing ACSII and binary files.
      3. Searching techniques and strategies for finding files and information.
    3. Command Line Concepts
      1. The role of the command line interface and using commands and switches.
      2. Redirection and piping of commands.
      3. Writing batch programs.
    4. Disk Management and Maintenance
      1. Managing files and file structures.
      2. Managing and backing up a hard drive.
      3. Differences between FAT file systems and NTFS.
    5. Troubleshooting
      1. Recovery tools.
      2. Troubleshooting the boot process.
    6. Understanding and Making Changes to the Registry
    7. Networking
      1. Intranet and internet connectivity with peer to peer networks, client/server, and using NET commands.
      2. Use of core TCP/IP commands.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. The assessment of Course Learning Goals is based on written tests, labs and other assignments, as well as performance-based tasks as appropriate, and a departmental final exam.

    3. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

      Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See Course Format.

    4. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)


    5. This course is not included in the Core.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See Course Format.

Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 10/02; Revised 6/09; Archived 11/3/2010