CIS 190 Introduction to Windows Operating Systems [back]

Course will provide comprehensive hands-on application, use and training on a Windows client computer operating system for both beginning and intermediate-level students. Instruction will include: operating system installation and configuration, graphical user interface and command-line commands, hardware installation and configuration, file system management, user and group management, security configuration, network configuration and management, troubleshooting and disaster recovery. Course maps to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam for windows clients

The class follows the requirements for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)  Windows 7 Configuration (Exam 70-680) requirements. 

Students seeking certification should expect to spend extra time (outside of class studying for the exam). 

See the syllabus for specific topics covered.  See the required text information for ordering information.

This course is not difficult. It is technical. It is comprehensive. It is very hands-on. It does require a significant time investment by students both in and out of the classroom.

Both Online and In-class versions of the course are offered.

This course is offered in two formats—Online and In-class. The two formats are tied together and taught using the exact same course requirements. This will permit students who start Online to attend the In-class sessions and the In-class students to move Online as required. If you find that the Online course is not for you and that you need the In-class environment to succeed or if you start the In-class course and find that your schedule has changed or life has intruded to the point that you cannot continue attending class at the specified time, you can move freely between the formats.

Not all students will succeed in an online class. Online classes are frequently more difficult to successfully complete since they lack the In-class course structure, student community and immediate access to an instructor to answer questions or help with lab procedures. As a result many online students become frustrated, fall behind in assignments and feel isolated.

Required Text

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Panek, William.  MCTS Microsoft Windows Certification Study Guide:  Exam 70-680, Second Edition.  ISBN:  9780470948453: and

70-680: MOAC Labs Online.  May 2011.  ISBN 978-0-470-87977-1

A copy of the text is on reserve in the Learning Resource Center.  Students may checkout the text for a three hour period, but the text must remain in the Learning Resource Center.

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Lab Requirements

The MOAC lab environment is required.  For an explanation of the lab environment please view the video.

This course uses Windows 7 Enterprise Edition as its instructional software.  You can also obtain a fully functional copy of the software from the MSDNAA program.  For details visit

CIS190 Class Requirements (See the course syllabus for greater detail).

This course uses multiple technologies to present class materials. You must be able to configure your computer to access these technologies.

o Moodle—course management system is used to organize the course, deliver materials, deliver exams, facilitate communication, submit labs, and record grades.
o MOAC Lab Environment—is used to provide a stable, online and in-class environment for students to complete lab assignments without endangering their home or the lab computers.

Lectures—are actually discussions.  I will conduct a short overview of what we will be studying each week along with some demonstrations.  The remainder of the lecture time period will be a discussion of the topic, text and outside readings.  Students must come to class prepared to discuss the material.

Discussionsrequired to participate in 5 online discussions on topics posted on the Moodle web site.  Discussion items will be drawn from classroom topics, operating system developments, computer ethics, industry trends and current events related to the computer industry. 

Labs—are assigned weekly.

Weekly Quizzes—there are weekly quizzes on the materials covered that week. The quizzes are timed written quiz covering topics covered in the text and lecture. 

Final Exam—the Final Exam is a practical application exam where the student will be required to configure a computer based on information they receive from a scenario developed by the instructor.  The scenario will be similar to unguided practices included in lab exercises.


There is currently only one Microsoft Windows 7 Certification Exam (Exam 70-680).  This course will cover most of the 70-680 Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification requirements.