CRN: 22243

Credits : 4


This course provides an introduction to operating system basics with the intent of giving a student a deeper understanding of various operating systems. Operating systems covered include Microsoft Windows OSs through Windows 10 as desktop operating systems and Windows Server, UNIX/Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems. Students will learn CPU types, computer internal communication busses along with computer hardware, and computer memories, both local and network distributed, and some computer networking basics with information involving how to create mixed environments.

Goals and Objectives

·         Differentiate between single-user and multiuser operating systems

·         Describe operating systems that laid the groundwork for current desktop and server operating systems

·         Explain operating system hardware components, which will include design type, speed, cache, address bus, data bus, control bus, and CPU scheduling

·         Explain the file systems used by Microsoft WindowsOSs, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 10 (FAT16, FAT32, FAT64, and NTFS)

·         Understand how operating systems interface with input and output devices

·         Prepare for operating system installation and understand the factors involved in making the decision to upgrade

·         Explain networking basics, such as network topologies, networking hardware, packaging data to transport, and how devices connect to a network

·         Perform disk maintenance that includes defragmenting, relocating files and folders, running disk and file repair utilities, and selecting RAID options

  • AIT107  Computer Applications
  • MAT125  Technical Math I

    Course Materials
    Required Books and Materials
    • Book - Operating Systems Demystified (ISBN: 9780071752268)
    • **unknown type** - Guide to Operating Systems 5th Ed (ISBN: 9781305107649), 5th Edition
    Optional Books and Materials


    Required materials sent to you after the beginning of class


    Course Topics
    Operating Systems Theory  SLO01 Describe the types of operating systems SLO02 Discuss single-tasking versus multitasking SLO03 Distinguish between single-user and multi-user operating systems Week 1 Quiz 
    Popular Operating Systems  SLO04 Identify the features of modern Microsoft operating systems SLO05 Identify the features and characteristics of UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems SLO06 Identify the features and characteristics of Mac OS and Mac OS X Week 2 Quiz 
    Operating System Hardware Components  SLO07 Describe the function and features of CPUs SLO08 Identify features of popular CPUs from various manufacturers Week 3 Quiz 
    File Systems  SLO09 Use and describe the file systems used by Windows OSs SLO10 Discuss the file systems used by UNIX and Linux systems, including ufs and ext Week 4 Quiz 
    Installing and Upgrading Operating Systems  SLO11 Explain the overall process of installing and upgrading operating systems SLO12 Obtain operating system patches and minor upgrades via the Internet Week 5 Quiz 
    Midterm Exam Part 1 and 2  PROCTORED MIDTERM EXAM 
    Configuring I/O and Storage Devices  SLO13 Explain the need for device drivers and install devices and drivers SLO14 Explain display adapter technologies SLO15 Configure local disks SLO16 Work with different types of volumes and virtual disks Week 7 Quiz 
    Modems and Communications devices  SLO17 Use and describe hosted virtualization SLO18 Use and describe bare metal virtualization SLO19 Describe cloud computing Week 8 Quiz 
    Network Connectivity  SLO20 Compare and describe network device types SLO21 Configure and describe network protocols SLO22 Describe the OSI model of networking Week 9 Quiz 
    10  Network Sharing  SLO23 Enforce the importance and value of printer and file sharing as central to networking SLO24 Explain how shares resources are accessed Week 10 Quiz 
    11  Standard Operating and Maintenance Procedure Projects  SLO25 Perform regular file system maintenance by finding and deleting unused files and folders SLO26 Perform disk maintenance that includes defragmenting, relocating files and folders, running disk and file repair utilities, and selecting RAID options SLO27 Tune operating systems for optimal performance Week 11 Quiz 
    12  Final Exam Part 1 and 2  PROCTORED FINAL EXAM 

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