IOS110 - Introduction to Operating Systems Using Windows

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Subject Title
Introduction to Operating Systems Using Windows

Subject Description

This course provides a technical foundation of operating system installation, configuration, administration and troubleshooting. It introduces terminology and concepts of operating systems and computer networking. Students are introduced to problem-solving techniques for individual computer issues, providing computer solutions for small to large businesses, and network configuration and troubleshooting.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for CTY - Computer Systems Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CNS - Computer Networking and Technical Support (Ontario College Diploma)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Discuss operating system and networking terms and concepts as they apply to a business scenario.

2. Recommend an operating system and features to meet the needs of a business.

3. Design an installation strategy for operating systems, their features and software to ensure the most economical use of hardware resources and time.

4. Configure an operating system and its features so it can perform a specific task on a company network.

5. Perform administration of an operating system allowing ongoing user access to the required resources on a network.

6. Troubleshoot errors and problems with computers and the network to ensure the systems are available at all times.

7. Utilize command line environments to manage file and directories and perform administrative tasks in order to increase administrative performance.

8. Recommend a network configuration to suit real-word business environments.

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Seneca computing environment orientation 

  • Identifying and accessing the Seneca computing environment from home and on campus 
Operating System Concepts  
  • Functions of an Operating System 
  • Types of Operating Systems 
  • Task and Device Management 
  • File System Management 
  • Windows Architecture 
Windows Networking  
  • Windows Networking Models
  • Networking Hardware and Software
  • Protocols
  • Introduction to TCP/IP
Windows Administration 
  • Installing Server
  • Configuring Windows Server Environment 
  • Active Directory and Account Management
  • Configuring, Managing and Troubleshooting Resource Access
  • Configuring and Managing Data Storage
  • Virtualization
  • Troubleshooting
  • Installing PowerShell
  • Basic PowerShell Commands
  • Absolute and Relative Paths
  • Managing Files and Folders from the Command Line 

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by lab sessions with the instructor, reinforced by assigned readings and assignments between classes.

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
MCITP Guide To Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Server Administration Exam 70 – 646 (packaged with lab manual)
By: Michael Palmer Nelson Education.  ISBN (for package): 9781111617431

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments (minimum 2) 35%
Test (minimum 2) 35%
Final Exam  30%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle