CIS-158: A+ Operating Systems

School
Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Department
Computer Information Systems
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Computer Information Systems
Course Number
158
Course Title
A+ Operating Systems
Credit Hours
4.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
CIS-100
Catalog Course Description

Explores the software section of the CompTIA A+ certification exam in detail. Covers various operating systems from a PC repair technician perspective, and discusses how the operating system interacts with the PC’s hardware, the boot process, troubleshooting, and interaction with application software. Requires hands-on lab activities with various operating systems and application installations.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introducing Operating Systems
  2. Operating System Components
  3. Comparing Operating Systems
    • Windows Operating Systems (Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP)*
    • Other Operating Systems (Unix, Linux, Macintosh)*
  4. Working with people in a technical world
  5. Installing an Operating System
  6. Maintaining an Operating System
  7. Optimizing an Operating System
  8. Tools and utilities for solving problems with an Operating System
  9. Fixing Operating System problems
  10. Networking essentials for the Operating System environment
  11. Security essentials for the Operating System environment
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe the functions, structure, and major system files of various Operating Systems.
  2. Create and manage various Operating System file systems.
  3. Install, configure, and upgrade Operating Systems.*
  4. Identify the boot sequence and steps to perform a system recovery of an Operating System.
  5. Locate and install hardware drivers.*
  6. Recognize and interpret common error codes and identify steps to correct the problems.*
  7. Identify the networking capabilities of the Windows Operating System.
  8. Connect to networks and the Internet.
  9. Perform basic troubleshooting of selected Operating Systems.
  10. Identify Operating System security threats.
  11. Secure the Operating System.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Examinations, hands-on lab evaluations, certification practice tests.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Departmental Exam
Skilled Demonstration
Licensure/certifications
Skilled Demonstration Details

Skills-based assessment proficient score, assessment administered by the Computer Information Systems department faculty. Faculty will assess skills-based assessment based on evaluation rubric. Assessment information located in The School of Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and have proper licensure/certification.

Licensure/Certification
CompTia A+ Certification
Licensure/Certification Details

CompTia A+ Certification must be current. Department faculty will verify certification(s). Verified certifications, and the Credit for Prior College-Level Learning application will be signed, copied, and retained in the The School of Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and a skilled demonstration.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2016
ILT Approval Date
04/25/2016
AALC Approval Date
11/02/2016
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
12/05/2016