IOS110 Course Outline

Course Code: IOS110
Course Name: Introduction to Operating Systems Using Windows
Offered Date: Summer - 2019 | Other versions
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Course Description:

This course provides a technical foundation of operating system installation, configuration, administration and troubleshooting. It introduces terminology and concepts of operating systems and computer networking. Students are introduced to problem-solving techniques for individual computer issues, providing computer solutions for small to large businesses, and network configuration and troubleshooting.

Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for CTY - Computer Systems Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CNS - Computer Networking and Technical Support (Ontario College Diploma)
Prerequisite: None.
Mode of Instruction: Per week, four (4) hours activity-based learning, using a variety of instructional techniques.
All four hours are scheduled in a computer-lab room.
Learning Outcomes:

1. Discuss operating system and networking terms and concepts as they apply to a business scenario.

2. Recommend an operating system and features to meet the needs of a business.

3. Design an installation strategy for operating systems, their features and software to ensure the most economical use of hardware resources and time.

4. Configure an operating system and its features so it can perform a specific task on a company network.

5. Perform administration of an operating system allowing ongoing user access to the required resources on a network.

6. Troubleshoot errors and problems with computers and the network to ensure the systems are available at all times.

7. Utilize command line environments to manage file and directories and perform administrative tasks in order to increase administrative performance.

8. Recommend a network configuration to suit real-word business environments.

Employability Skills:
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.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:


  • Seneca computing environment orientation - 5%
    •         Identifying and accessing the Seneca computing environment from home and on campus
  • Windows Networking – 15%
    •         Windows Networking
    •         Networking Hardware and Software
    •         Introduction to TCP/IP
  • Windows Administration - 70%
    •         Defining Server Editions
    •         Installing Server
    •         Configuring Windows Server Environment
    •         Active Directory and Account Management
    •         Configuring and Managing Data Storage
    •         Virtualization
    •         Troubleshooting
  •  Command Line - 10%
    •         Basic PowerShell Commands
    •         Absolute and Relative Paths
    •         Managing Files and Folders from the Command Line

Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:
  • Weekly web links will be provided on the course web site.

  • Students will install Windows in Virtual Machines stored on a 240GB (or larger) SSD,installed into a USB 3.0 disk enclosure,in order to connect to lab computers

Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course


Grading Policy http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

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/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices (http://www.senecacollege.ca/registrar/gpacalulator.html.

Test(s) 20%
Lab work 25%
Assignment(s) 20%
Final Exam 35%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
Cheating and Plagiarism:
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.
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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

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