BTO130 Course Outline

Course Code: BTO130
Course Name: Operating Systems for Programming - Windows
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course introduces students to the Windows operating system, with an emphasis on using the Windows platform for software development. Windows is the leading solution for Internet, personal, network, and enterprise server computing, and for programming, because of its rich development environment. In this course, students will learn operating system concepts, architecture, features, and configuration, while using the most recent version of the Windows operating system. Students will also improve and enhance their user skills during the course. BTO130 also introduces students to the Seneca computing environment. This course supports and complements the topics learned in all other first-semester courses, and lays a foundation for upper-semester programming courses.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: None
Mode of Instruction:
Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Classroom (2 hours), and computer lab (2 hours)
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall and Winter terms
Learning Outcomes:
  • Effectively use operating system services and utilities that meet a range of needs, including administration, management, and software deployment
  • Describe the architecture of Windows
  • Perform operating system configuration activities, including user environment and security setup, networking configuration, application software installation, and device installation
  • Perform data storage and file system operations, including navigation and device, file, and folder maintenance in both a standalone and in a networked environment
  • Describe computer systems concepts, including user interfaces, computer hardware, data storage, security, networking, and applications software
  • Apply the appropriate terminology relevant to operating systems, the Windows user interface, and personal computer systems
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • User Skills Enhancement for the Software Developer - 20%
    •         Seneca computing environment servers
    •         Working with servers that follow Internet standards and protocols
    •         Operating systems basics
    •         Introduction to security concepts
    •         System and information security
    •         User and group roles, user and group management
    •         Skills enhancement techniques
    •         Keyboard skills improvement
    •         Basic day-to-day procedures and operations
    •         File and folder operations on and between systems
    •         Effective use of the graphical user interface
    •         Introduction to the command line
    •         Tools and utilities in the operating system and in add-ons
  • Networking Standards and Windows Networking Implementation - 30%
    •         Introduction to networking standards
    •         OSI and Internet reference models
    •         Introduction to the TCP/IP protocol suite
    •         Internet protocols (IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, routing)
    •         Internet application services (DHCP, FTP, SMTP, CIFS, NFS)
    •         Server implementations on Windows and UNIX
    •         Name resolution and directory services
    •         Tools and utilities for using, monitoring, and troubleshooting
    •         Windows operating system clients and servers
    •         Security in a networked environment
  • Operating System Architecture and Support for Software Development - 30%
    •         Architecture in-depth - beyond operating system basics
    •         Kernel mode and user mode
    •         Windows operating system historical perspective and design goals
    •         Versions, packaging, components included
    •         Hardware installation and management
    •         Memory management implementation of memory in Windows
    •         Software installation and management
    •         Process and task management
    •         Support for software development in Windows - the application programming interfaces
    •         Operating system configuration and management; introduction to policies
  • Data Storage and I/O Components - 10%
    •         Storage management from the user perspective
    •         Windows storage and PC-standard architecture
    •         Security available to data storage operations
  • Operating System Installation and Configuration - 10%
    •         Standard Windows installations
    •         Introduction to network organization for upgrades and new installs
    •         Multibooting and virtual machines - more than one operating system on a PC
    •         Deployment scenarios
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:
Weekly schedule has links to web-based content.
Students must purchase a removable hard drive and tray from the bookstore. Most lab work will be completed on the removable drive.
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  •     Pass the final exam
  •     Successfully complete all of the assignments and exercises. Submissions that do not meet specifications will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission.
  •     Pass the weighted average of the exam and all other assessments

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Tests (2) 40%
Labs & Assignments (Multiple) 30%
Final Exam 30%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
Cheating and Plagiarism:
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.
Discrimination and Harassment:
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.
Accomodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

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