Heartland Community College Master Course Syllabus Division: Technology Course Prefix and Number: NETW 150 Course Title: Workstation Operating Systems DATE PREPARED: August 06, 1998 DATE REVISED: September, 2011 PCS/CIP/ID NO: 1.2-110901 IAI NO. (if available): EFFECTIVE DATE OF FIRST CLASS: January, 2012 CREDIT HOURS: CONTACT HOURS: LECTURE HOURS: 3 4 2 LABORATORY HOURS: 2 CATALOG DESCRIPTION (Include specific prerequisites): Prerequisite: CSCI 101. This course presents the features of a workstation operating system and takes a detailed look at command line based and graphical user interface based microcomputer operating systems. The class will be taught using Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP and DOS in a Windows format. Includes discussion concerning Network Operating Systems and functional criteria for operating system design, job management, task management, data management, resource allocation and dump and trace facilities. TEXTBOOKS: Andrews, Jean. A+ Guide to Software: Managing, Maintaining, and Troubleshooting, 5th Edition. Boston, MA: Course Technology, 2010, or a comparable text that addresses at a minimum the topics listed in the Course Outline and that provides students with the opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes for this course. RELATIONSHIP TO ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND TRANSFERABILITY: NETW 150 was designed to meet the specific needs of a Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree. Please see an academic advisor for an explanation concerning transfer options. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Course Outcomes: 1. Describe the evolution of operating systems. 2. List the key characteristics of different types of operating systems. 3. Explain the role of CPU in supporting the input/output strategies. 4. Describe the concept of a process. 5. Explain the synchronization problems related to the concurrent execution of processes. 6. Explain the issues involved in the management of main memory. 7. Explain the problems and techniques of secondary storage management. 8. Discuss the various operating system designs and components and describe how they relate to the coordinated functioning of the computer. 9. Describe the data flow through a computer as directed by the operating system and other system software. 10. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the major existing operating systems. 11. Explain simple programs in operating system languages. Range of Assessment Methods: Exams, Quizzes, Homework, Labs, and Hands-on Performance Tests COURSE/LAB OUTLINE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Introducing Operating Systems Working with People in a Technical World Installing Windows Maintaining Windows Optimizing Windows Tools for Solving Windows Problems Fixing Windows Problems Networking Essentials and Practices Security Essentials and Practices METHOD OF EVALUATION (Tests/Exams, Grading System): Students will be evaluated by examinations, quizzes, assignments, and on the basis of their participation in class discussions. Assessment Method Assignments & Competency Labs Exams Comprehensive Hands-On Final Exam Comprehensive Final Exam Total % of final grade 40% 30% 10% 20% 100% Grading Scale: 90% - 100% A 80% - 89% B 70% - 79% C 60% - 69% D Below 60% F REQUIRED WRITING AND READING: Required reading assignment of an approximately 400-page textbook. Various writing assignments to explain processes, concepts, or traits of the operating systems covered will be required in assignments and exams.