Course Summary
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5 days (40 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Operating Systems Fundamentals
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in operating systems fundamentals.


The course objective is to develop a foundational understanding of key components of the Linux and Windows operating systems.

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe memory management
  • apply command shell tools and techniques
  • demonstrate understanding of windows API, Windows registry, dynamically linked libraries, and Unix/Linux shared objects
  • operate windows and Linux command line syntax, file structures and data storage
  • describe a general operating system boot process and some security and protection topics as they relate to operating systems
  • demonstrate a foundational understanding of key components of the Linux and Windows operating systems
  • describe user and group credentials and light security topics

General Course Topics:

  • Operating systems overview
  • System virtualization
  • Windows command shell tools and techniques
  • Linux operating system
  • File/directory and user/group management
  • Basic file systems
  • Linux storage and input/output management
  • Processor fundamentals
  • Process management
  • Memory management
  • Operating systems potpourri (kernel design, Windows registry, Windows/Linux API's, system boot process, and special security operating systems)
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials