This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of a computer's operating system. The course will spend time on the installation and configuration of the Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP operating systems. You will also be introduced to how to modify as well as optimize your Windows environment.
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A+ Guide to Software: Managing, Maintaining and Troubleshooting, 5th Edition. Andrews, Jean. (Boston: Course Technology, 2010) ISBN: 978-1-435-48737-6.
Hardware for the labs:
To perform the labs in the NCIT 108 course, students will require access a computer with full administrator access. The labs involve configuration and installation of operating systems and applications that require full administrator access.
The hardware platform required is, in itself, quite minimal. It must meet the recommended requirements for the installation and operation of Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional on a dual boot computer. The requirements therefore are:
- Pentium II processor with a recommended 300 MHz processor.
- 6 GB empty hard drive space (to be partitioned to install two operating systems).
- 64 MB RAM, although 128 MB is recommended.
- Network card.
- An Internet connection.
Because students will be making substantial configuration changes to the operating system, the computer used for this course should not be a production computer.
The software requirements for this course are the two operating systems used in the course curriculum, namely, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional. Students who register through Yukon College in the Computer Studies/NCIT program are eligible to receive a licensed copy of both operating systems through the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) program at minimal charge.