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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Windows Operating System: Level I
Course: CIS121AE

First Term: 2012 Spring
Lec + Lab   1 Credit(s)   2 Period(s)   1.7 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Specific topics include Windows basics, navigating and customizing the desktop, maintaining hardware and software, improving performance, configurations, securing your computer, taskbar, organizing, searching and managing folders and files, installing and uninstalling applications, Internet Explorer fine tuning, security, and searching, including advanced search techniques, keyboard shortcuts, and current topics.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Perform start-up, shut down, standby, and hibernate procedures on the computer. (I)
2. Customize the desktop, including gadgets. (II)
3. Maintain the hardware and software. (III)
4. Track the status of application programs currently being used through the Task Manager and task bar functions. (IV)
5. Secure your computer. (V)
6. Use the Help utility to obtain information. (VI)
7. Manage folders and files. (VII)
8. Install and uninstall application programs. (VIII)
9. Use Internet Explore to navigate and efficiently search the web. (IX)
10. Use Windows built in applications. (X)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Start Up and Shut Down Procedures and Options
   A. Power on the computer
   B. Shut down options
      1. Powering off
      2. Restarting (including standby and hibernate)
II. Customizing the Desktop
   A. Components of the desktop
      1. Desktop icons
      2. Control Panel
      3. Taskbar
III. Maintaining the Hardware and Operating Software
   A. Disk utilities
   B. Restore points
   C. Installation and removal of Windows Components
IV. Taskbar Functions
   A. Concept of taskbar buttons
   B. Time/date indicator
   C. Positioning of the taskbar
V. Securing Your Computer
   A. Virus protection
   B. Firewall
   C. Adware and spyware
   D. Passwords and user accounts
VI. Help utility
   A. Help contents
      1. Text
      2. Online
   B. Alphabetical topics list
   C. Key word search
VII. Managing Folders and Files
   A. Understanding file types
   B. Cut, copy, paste, send to
   C. Short cut menus
   D. Folder management
      1. Creating
      2. Moving
      3. Renaming
      4. Deleting
   E. Sorting, stacking and grouping files
      1. Tags
      2. Properties
   F. File management
      1. Copying
      2. Moving
      3. Renaming
      4. Deleting
VIII. Install and Uninstall Applications
   A. Programs submenu of the start menu
   B. Control Panel
   C. Uninstall or repair
IX. Internet Explorer
   A. Brief overview of IE
   B. Effective searching
   C. History
   D. Favorites
   E. Security levels
   F. Configuring mail preferences
   G. Working with options
      1. Security
      2. Privacy
      3. Connections
      4. Browsing history
X. Using Windows Built-in Applications
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  6/23/2009

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