CIS-153: Microcomputer Operating Systems and Utility Software

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: CIS-153 Microcomputer Operating Systems and Utility Software

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 class hours, 2 lab hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): CIS-101

Course Description in college catalog:

This course provides an in-depth coverage of computer operating system concepts through the use of discussions and hands-on lab projects. Topics include operating systems history; user accounts; graphical user interface; data structure and organization; customization; disk storage concepts; hardware and software interaction; file systems; shortcuts; backup and recovery; computer security; utilities; disk optimization; system performance; system restoration and troubleshooting.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems

Certificate Program – Computer Information Systems

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

At the completion of this course students will:

  1. Understand the function of an operating system be able to customize the appearance of various operating systems.

  2. Have an understanding of different file systems, how to organize and manage files and folders, and the impact of different file systems on storage utilization.

  3. Effectively use compression and encryption of files and folders, along with methods to increase security within the system.

  4. Trouble-shoot system problems and apply corrective actions.

Program-specific outcomes

Use technical tools and analytical reasoning to implement solutions to business problems by managing operating system and networking software and creating a secure computer environment.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Student participation              

  2. Hands on laboratory assignments

  3. Hands on assignments outside the classroom/lab

  4. Hands on and written exams/tests

  5. Project(s) implementation and presentation using audio visual equipment

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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