Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: ITSC-1305- Section: 72
Introduction to PC Operating Systems
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kenneth Ballou
Phone(409) 984-6418
Location:Umphrey Industrial Technology Center - Room: 201A
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

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Course Information
Description Introduction to personal computer operating systems including installation, configuration, file management, memory and storage management, control of peripheral devices, and use of utilities.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material (PSLO Alpha) measured by pretest/post-test.

1. Students will develop understanding of computer operating systems (PSLO 1) measured by embedded test questions.

2. Students will Install and configure computer operating system (PSLO 2) measured by projects/labs.

3. Students will learn control of peripheral devices and use of utilities (PSLO 2) measured by projects/labs.

4. Students will learn file, storage and memory management related to computer operating systems (PSLO 3) measured by projects.

5. Students will learn the value of ethics and security when managing computer operating systems (PSLO 4) measured by embedded test questions
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material
1. Utilizes basic software development terminology and concepts.
2. Applies a software-development process to develop and troubleshoot a software product.
3. Creates computer graphics for inclusion into a software product.
4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Understanding Operating Systems, 8th Edition CENGAGE Learning ISBN-13 :978-1-305-67425-7
ISBN-10: 1-305-67425-1
Lecture Topics
1. Introduction to Operating Systems
2. Memory Management
3. Processor Management
4. Device Management
5. File Management
6. Networking
7. Security
8. Ethics
9. System Management
10. Individual Operating Systems (UNIX, Windows, Linux and Android)
Major Assignments
Week 1: Course introduction, syllabus review, resources review, Chapter 1 of Understanding Operating Systems.
Week 2: Quiz over Chapter 1; Memory management (Chapters 2 and 3 of Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 3: Quiz over Chapters 2 and 3; Processor management (Chapter 4 of Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 4: Quiz over Chapter 4; Processes (Chapters 5 and 6 of Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 5: Exam 1 over Chapters 1-4; Complete Chapters 5 and 6
Week 6: Quiz over Chapters 5 and 6; Device management (Chapter 7 of Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 7: Quiz over Chapter 7; File management (Chapter 8 of Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 8: Quiz over Chapter 8; Network concepts and management (Chapters 9 and 10 of Understanding
Operating Systems)
Week 9: Exam 2 over Chapters 5-8; Complete Chapters 9 and 10
Week 10: Quiz over Chapters 9 and 10; Security, Ethics and System Management (Chapters 11 and 12 of
Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 11: Quiz over Chapters 11 and 12; UNIX (Chapter 13 of Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 12: Exam 3 over Chapters 9-12; Complete Chapter 13
Week 13: Quiz over Chapter 13; Windows (Chapter 14 of Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 14: Quiz over Chapter 14; Linux and Android (Chapters 15 and 16 of Understanding Operating Systems)
Week 15: Exam 4 over Chapters 13-16; Complete any remaining work
Week 16: Final Exam
Final Exam Date December 7, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 9, 2020 - 11:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Quizzes - 15%, Projects/Labs - 15%, Exams - 30%, Final Exam - 40%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Since there are no office hours I can be contacted by email. My email address is balloukw@lamarpa.edu.

Students must use appropriate e-mail etiquette when corresponding with instructor; for example, complete sentences and a full subject line with your name/course name.

Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses.

Computer failure and lack of internet access are not acceptable excuses for missed assignments, projects, quizzes, or exams. DO NOT wait until the last minute to complete class work or exams.

There will be four major exams and a final exam. You MUST take the final exam. Failure to take the final will result in failure for the course.
Attendance Policy * This instructor monitors course activity weekly. Students are required to be active in the course. Students not active within the course will receive an academic penalty. Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.

* Class participation is required. It is important to be active within the course.

* Students are expected to check e-mail and announcements a minimum of three times per week.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.