Computer Software Fundamentals –


(3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of personal computer operating systems for computer software configuration, file management, performance monitoring, optimization, maintenance, recovery, and security.
This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introducing Operating Systems

  • Identify components and functions of operating systems.
  • Compare operating systems to other software.
  • Describe how operating systems have changed.

Installing Operating Systems

  • Describe how to install Windows® operating systems.
  • Identify areas of concern when installing operating systems.

Maintaining and Supporting Operating Systems

  • Identify areas of concern when maintaining operating systems.
  • Explain how operating systems are supported.

Microsoft® Windows® 7

  • Describe how to install a Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system.
  • Identify areas of concern when installing and maintaining Microsoft® Windows® 7.
  • Explain how Microsoft® Windows® 7is supported.

Troubleshooting and Upgrading Operating Systems

  • Describe troubleshooting techniques for operating system-related problems.
  • Compare the process of upgrading an operating system to performing an original installation.

Networking Operating Systems

  • Explain how networking functions in operating systems.
  • Describe steps to enable networking on a workstation.
  • Explain potential problems and solutions when connecting an operating system to a network.

Personal Computers and the Internet

  • Differentiate between Internet and network connections.
  • Describe steps to connect a workstation to the Internet.
  • Explain potential problems and solutions when connecting an operating system to the Internet.

Security of Operating Systems

  • Describe security features of Windows® operating systems.
  • Describe steps to secure operating systems.

Legacy Operating Systems

  • Describe features of legacy Windows® operating systems.
  • Explain potential issues involved with supporting legacy Windows® operating systems.
  • Describe how older applications can be supported by current operating systems.
  • Develop a training guide for operating system support.

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