Windows Fundamentals

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 110

       Course Name: Windows Fundamentals

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents students with basic Windows skills necessary to be successful in learning other Windows-based applications.  Students will develop a hands-on understanding of the Windows environment and learn how to use both keyboard and mouse to control computer applications, perform file operations efficiently, run multiple applications simultaneously, transfer data between applications, virus check a disk, and do simple troubleshooting.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. understand the underlying theory of the Windows environment and the interaction with the operating system.
  2. use and optimize the Windows environment.
  3. understand major features and accessories of the operating system.
  4. run multiple applications concurrently and transfer data between applications.
  5. customize screen displays, printer output and mouse and keyboard use.
  6. understand the importance of virus protection.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction- Basics of Microsoft Windows
  2. File Management
  3. Program Management
  4. Working with the Internet and E-Mail
  5. Collaborating with others
  6. Connecting computers to the Internet
  7. Printing
  8. Virus Protection
  9. Printing

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, demonstration of software and hands-on exercises.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will use the computer to complete a variety of exercises and assignments to demonstrate their knowledge of the Windows software environment.  Quizzes will be given to evaluate theoretical as well as practical knowledge.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Appropriate texts and manuals.

TEXTBOOK: New Perspectives on Microsoft Windows Introductory. Parsons, Oja, Ruffolo

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be required to complete assignments and quizzes as specified by the instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information


The Computer Technologies and Information Systems (CTIS) department at Oakton Community College has formed a partnership with Microsoft through the Microsoft Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) that provides students registered for credit classes in CTIS (CAB, CIS, WWW, LAN) with selected Microsoft software products for use in coursework and personal projects. Currently, this software includes Visio, Windows, and Visual Studio.Net. Students may checkout the software from the reserve desk in the library on either campus, install the software on their home computer, and return the software within three days. Fines will be applied if the software is not returned by the due date. In the near future, more software will be available and students will be able to download the software.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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