Module Title:Operating Systems
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 8 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: There is a 1-hour lecture and a 3-hour practical for thirty weeks. The practical sessions will provide students with hands on experience in installing, configuring and using operating systems. It will also provide the opportunity to implement and reinforce some of the material presented in the lectures and to learn by applying the material. The assignment work gives students a chance to apply the material to a business context and work on their own time.
Module Aim: To provide students with a working knowledge and practical skills of operating system installation, configuration, environments, utilities and scripting.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Use a number of Unix and Windows operating systems competently and the accompanying operating system utilities.
LO2 Use and describe how different types of operating systems work and how an operating system interacts with application software and other system software.
LO3 Use and describe file management and be able to use both a graphical and command line based interface for file and directory management.
LO4 Prepare, install and configure Unix and Windows operating systems on a PC.
LO5 Install application software, drivers and operating system components and be able to troubleshoot basic operating system and application software errors.
LO6 Use the commands of an operating system and be able to write script files.
LO7 Protect a PC against the operation of common computer viruses and internet threats.
LO8 Add users to the system and give users rights to files and directories.
LO9 Describe the basic components of an operating system including file, process and memory management.
LO10 Compare the differences and similarities and be able to select an appropriate operating system suitable for different business environments.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Familiarisation of Unix and Windows environments:
GUI and command line interfaces, customizing the desktop, passwords, use of operating system utilities for example: disk defragmentation programs, file compression/decompression programs.
Operating system software:
The boot process, dual boot process, application software, system software, OS architecture, types of operating systems; single tasking, multitasking, timesharing.
Files and file management:
Directory management, file types, access and storage, paths, login, file servers, file systems; for example Fat32, NTFS.
Getting ready for installation, disk partitioning, dual boot, installing via the internet or CD, creating a boot disk.
Configuration of the operating system:
Getting appropriate drivers for I/O devices, mounting and unmounting file systems, plug and play features, loading operating system components, installing and configuring application software, troubleshooting
Operating system commands:
For example; input & output redirection commands and file and directory management commands, writing batch files/shell scripts.
Computer security:
Viruses and firewalls, basic system administration; add users, changing access rights.
Process management:
Process states and transitions, process scheduling.
Memory management:
Virtual memory, paging, swap files, RAM disk.
Choosing an operating system for your PC:
Hardware considerations, ease of use, cost, file portability, applications available for use, comparing the different versions of the Unix and Windows operating systems on the market.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination C.A. theory exams may include small portion done online 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 40.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Exams 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 40.00 n/a
Other Lab Work 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 10.00 Every Week
Case Studies Report / Presentation 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 10.00 Week 20
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.67
Total Hours 200.00

Module Delivered In

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CW_KCCSY_D Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management 1 Mandatory
CW_KCSOF_D Bachelor of Science in Software Development 1 Mandatory
CW_KWCAP_C Higher Certificate in Science in Computing 1 Mandatory
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