Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 110

       Course Name: Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CNS 105 or knowledge of the fundamentals of current networking technology, or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents most recent release of Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System (OS). Topics include knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows OS desktops and devices in a corporate Windows Server domain environment. The skills that this course details include learning how to install and customize Windows operating systems and apps, and configure local and remote network connectivity and storage. Students also will learn how to configure security for data, devices, and networks, and maintain, update, and recover Windows OS. Course maps to Implementing and Managing Windows 10.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Summarize the new features of Windows desktop OS
  2. Install Windows desktop OS
  3. Configure a device running Windows desktop OS
  4. Establish network connectivity for a Windows desktop OS device
  5. Explain how to manage storage in Windows desktop OS
  6. Explain how to manage files and printers
  7. Explain how to manage apps in Windows OS
  8. Explain how to manage data security
  9. Explain how to manage device security
  10. Describe Windows desktop OS features to improve network security
  11. Restore files, roll back drivers, and recover Windows desktop OS devices
  12. Monitor and update Windows desktop OS devices

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
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Module 1: Overview of Windows OS
  • Module 2: Installing Windows OS
  • Module 3: Configuring Your Device
  • Module 4: Configuring Network Connectivity
  • Module 5: Managing Storage
  • Module 6: Managing Files and Printers
  • Module 7: Managing Apps in Windows OS
  • Module 8: Managing Data Security
  • Module 9: Managing Device Security
  • Module 10: Managing Network Security
  • Module 11: Troubleshooting and Recovery
  • Module 12: Maintaining Windows 10

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lectures, class discussion, and hands-on lab exercises.


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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Read course materials.
  • Attend and participate in class lecture and lab.
  • Complete required assignments, exercises, quizzes, and exams.

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  • Textbook and Lab book: Microsoft Official Curriculum for Windows
  • Current Self-Test Software (optional)
  • Software manuals

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes and examinations. Completion of lab assignments and exercises.

XI.   Other Course Information



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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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