CISC128 Comparative Operating Systems

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

I. Course Number and Title
CISC128 Comparative Operating Systems
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
3000
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Demonstrations, research, and laboratory experiences are an integral part of the course. Students whose program of study requires CISC105 should take CISC128 instead. There will be a departmental final exam.
VI. Catalog Course Description
The course introduces the student to the functional components of the operating system software, which manages the physical resources of the computer system. Microprocessor based operating systems are emphasized.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. explain the components and capabilities of an operating system;
    2. demonstrate the features of varied operating systems; and
    3. install and configure selected operating systems.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Course Outline:

    1. Introduction
      1. History and background
      2. Overview
    2. Types of Operating Systems
      1. Single-user
      2. Multi-user
      3. Distributive
    3. Graphical User Interfaces
      1. Background
      2. Common tasks
      3. Keeping current
      4. Support issues
      5. Glossary
      6. Crystal ball
    4. Command Line Interfaces
      1. Background
      2. Common tasks
      3. Keeping current
      4. Support issues
      5. Glossary
      6. Crystal ball
    5. Other Operating Systems
      1. Networks
      2. New developments
    6. Comparison/Contrast/Evaluation
      1. Advantages
      2. Disadvantages
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of Course Learning Goals is based on written tests, labs, and other assignments, as well as performance-based tasks as appropriate.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 9/98; Revised 6/09; New Core 8/2015