BCC - Fall 2011 Syllabus
Course Name : CIS-160
Course Description : The Microcomputer Environment
Instructor : Igor Kholodov Igor.Kholodov@bristolcc.edu
Office: K211
Telephone: 508-678-2811 ext. 3328
URL of this file: http://www.c-jump.com/bcc/c160c/c160syllabus.htm

CIS-160 The Microcomputer Environment

Catalog Description

This course covers the operating system requirements for the CompTIA A+ certification. It concentrates on file and memory management using the diagnostic and troubleshooting tools available in the operating systems covered. The course also covers installation, configuration, and upgrading of the three operating systems.

Pre- or co-requisite: CIS-121 (Operating Systems) or permission of the instructor.

Course Objectives


The course will concentrate on the function, structure and operation of DOS, and Windows operating systems for file and memory management using the diagnostic and troubleshooting tools available in those operating systems. Installation, configuration and upgrading of these operating systems will also be presented. This course covers the materials in DOS/Windows module of the examination for A+ Certification.

Required Text

A+ Guide to Software: Managing, Maintaining, and Troubleshooting, Fifth Edition. Publisher: Cengage, (c) 2010. Online edition is also available.

ISBN: 9781435487376


Evaluation: You are responsible for all assigned readings and for material covered in class. The course will include a variety of projects, four exams, and a two-hour final exam.

Lab Projects

There will be a series of in-class lab projects throughout the semester. Your homework is to write a report for every lab. Each lab report is due before the beginning of the next lab. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to check the course website for homework assignments.

Late assignments will have five points deducted from its grade for each day late. Projects more than 1 week late will NOT be accepted.

Class Participation

Be sure to do the required reading and assignments before attending class. You cannot successfully enter into discussion without some understanding of the material.

Attendance and lateness: After two absences, a student may be withdrawn from the course. After one warning about lateness and/or absences, your final grade will be lowered ten points for each day the student is late or absent from that point. In Case You Are Late or Absent, it is your responsibility to get the course notes.


There will be several quizzes given. A two (2) hour final exam will be given at the end of the course.

Grading and Evaluation Criteria

Lab Assignment Reports 15%
Quizzes 60%
Final Examination 25%

Lab Assignments will be graded based on quality of your report using the following system:

Appearance 25%
Content 25%
Accuracy 25%
English 25%

Final Grades will be assigned as follows:

97 - 100 A+
93 - 96 A
90 - 92 A-
87 - 89 B+
83 - 86 B
80 - 82 B-
77 - 79 C+
73 - 76 C
70 - 72 C-
67 - 69 D+
63 - 66 D
60 - 62 D-
Below 60 F

Teaching Methodology

The lecture will be the principal teaching method used in this course. "Handouts" and other information will be available on the class web page. Class discussions will be conducted pertaining to the Lab assignments before each assignment is made and after it is due. Software and Operating system demos using a portable PC and overhead will also be used.

Office Hours

Office Hours will be posted and appointments can be arranged via e-mail or during class breaks.

Course Outline

  1. Useful links:

  2. Chapter 1, Introducing and Comparing Operating Systems (see also 4th edition PPT)

    Presentation Notes: Comparing Operating Systems (handout)

  3. Computers: slides handout

  4. Hardware: slides handout

  5. Disk Drives: slides handout

  6. Disk Partitions: slides handout

  7. Lab module 1:

  8. FAT Overview: slides handout. See also: File System Data Structures handout.

  9. Command Window, Chapters 1-6

  10. Booting slides handout

  11. Older versions of Windows:

  12. Chapter 3, Installing Windows

  13. Lab module 2: Installing Windows 2000 Professional

  14. Lab module 3: Upgrading to Windows XP

  15. Chapter 4, Maintaining Windows

  16. Windows Registry Overview: slides handout See also: Registry Quick Find Chart (PDF) from http://www.accessdata.com/supplemental.html

  17. Lab module 4: Windows XP Backup

  18. Chapter 5, Optimizing Windows

  19. Chapter 6, Tools for Solving Windows Problems
    See also: Troubleshooting Windows 2000/XP Startup (Chapter 5 from 4th edition of the textbook)

  20. Chapter 7, Fixing Windows Problems

  21. Networking:

  22. Chapter 8, Networking Essentials

  23. Lab module 5:

  24. Chapter 9, Networking Practices

  25. Chapter 10, Security Essentials

  26. Securing Your PC and LAN
    Computer and internet security video: slides handout

  27. Chapter 11, Security Practices

  28. Supporting Printers and Scanners

  29. Final Exam Review


Note: This syllabus is a suggested course outline and will be generally followed, subject to change according to the instructor's discretion and needs. Academic flexibility is important.