Central Arizona College Back
CIS 121 Microcomputer Operating System Fundamentals
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 2 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only

Description: Installations, administrations, upgrades, configuration and diagnostics of a currently-supported microcomputer Operating system used in business organizations. Registry and Command-line techniques to optimize and customize a microcomputer operating system. May lead to Microsoft Certification.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Describe windows operating systems, their features, prominent system properties, and common operating system commands.
2. (Application Level) Use Windows Help and Support Center and troubleshooting tools to solve operating system problems.
3. (Application Level) Customize the windows operating system environment to meet the needs of a given operating environment.
4. (Synthesis Level) Develop a strategy for organizing folders and files on a hard disk, CD/DVD, memory sticks.
5. (Analysis Level) Examine Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) technology to share data across applications.
6. (Analysis Level) Analyze common backup strategies and practice creating settings to match a maintenance plan.
7. (Comprehension Level) Explain the difference between, basic and dynamic disks and different file system formats (FAT32, NTFS).
8. (Application Level) Use disk management tools to optimize a hard disk, such as shrinking disk allocation and creating new drives.
9. (Application Level) Examine ways to safeguard your computer against virus infection and spyware.
10. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate system performance and practice modifying a registry entry.
11. (Comprehension Level) Explain the different approaches used to access, backup and modification of the registry.
12. (Comprehension Level) Describe the command-line environment, when it might be helpful, and the more common operating system commands.
13. (Application Level) Apply common commands in GUI and command-line interfaces to administer a computer client.
14. (Application Level) Use system utilities such as Performance Monitor to monitor computer performance details.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation