CIS-158: A+ Operating Systems

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Computer Information Systems
Academic Level
Course Subject
Computer Information Systems
Course Number
Course Title
A+ Operating Systems
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
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 Desktop and Mobile Operating Systems
  4. Working with people in a technical world
  5. Installing an Operating System
  6. Maintaining and Optimizing an Operating System
  7. Solving problems with an Operating System
  8. Network configuration for the Operating System
  9. Security essentials for the Operating System environment
  10. Windows PowerShell Scripting
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Describe the functions, structure, and major system files of various Operating Systems. Install, configure, and upgrade Operating Systems. Identify the boot sequence and steps to perform a system recovery of an Operating System. Recognize and interpret common error codes and identify steps to correct the problems. Create Windows PowerShell Scripts Perform basic troubleshooting of selected Operating Systems. Identify Operating System security threats.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Quizzes, Tests, Labs and Projects

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Departmental Exam
Skilled Demonstration
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 Division Office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and have proper 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 Division Office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and a skilled demonstration.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date