NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
ITE-211   Information Technology Operating Systems (formerly CSC-211)
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC 111 and CSC 260
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to the basics of computer operating systems including file systems, configuration, interprocess communication, security, administration, interfacing, multitasking, and performance analysis.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
    TEXT BOOK:
  • Understanding Operating Systems, Fifth Edition, Ann McHoes, Ida M. Flynn, Course Technology, 2008.
    REFERENCES:
  • Modern Operating Systems, Andrew Tanenbaum.
  • Operating System Concepts, 7th Edition, A. Silberschatz, P. Galvin, and G. Gagne, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2004.
  • Operating System Configuration, Kurt Husdon and Andy Ruth, 29th Street Press, 1999.
  • Universal Command Guide: For Operating Systems, Guy Lotgering, Wiley, 2002.
  • A+ Guide to Operating Systems (Paperback), Michael Meyers, McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 2004.
  • Handouts from the instructor.

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

This is a required course for the BS.ITE Information Technology program. It is designed to cover the introductory core body of knowledge in operating systems as specified in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) recommendation for baccalaureate Information Technology curriculum (October 2005). It is the role of the IT professional to select, design, deploy, integrate, and administer network and communication infrastructures in an organization. This course provides an overview of networking technologies, solutions, and applications.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
    The major goals of the course are:
  • To introduce basic concepts and principles of Windows and Unix-class operating systems
  • To discuss the memory hierarchy and summarize the principles of virtual memory
  • To explain the relationship between the physical hardware and the virtual devices supported by the operating system
  • To compare and contrast the different approaches to file organization
  • To describe the tradeoffs inherent in operating system design and configuration
  • To summarize the various approaches that enable concurrency within the framework of an operating system
  • To introduce various service types and maintenance techniques
  • To explain the importance of IT support of users

  • Measureable Objectives:
    By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Identify the components of the operating system
  • Manage files, directories, and disks
  • Install, configure, and upgrade various operating systems
  • Demonstrate independent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Explain the benefits of using scripts to perform operating system tasks
  • Carry out the maintenance procedures for an operating system including modification of the configurations
  • Connect to client-side networks
  • Effectively design IT-based solutions and integrations on operating system issues

COURSE OUTLINE

    Part One: Operating Systems Theory (Weeks 1 through 8)
  1. Introducing Operating Systems
  2. Memory Management
  3. Processor & Process Management
  4. Concurrent Processes
  5. Device Management
  6. File Management
  7. Network Organization Concepts
  8. Management of Network Functions
  9. Security and Ethics
  10. System Management

  11. Part Two: Operating Systems in Practice (Weeks 9 through 14)
  12. UNIX Operating System
  13. Windows Operating Systems

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

See Instructor

GRADING STANDARDS

Quizzes............................15%
Test 1.............................. 15%
Test 2...............................20%
Final.................................15%
Assignments/Labs........35%
A:
90-100
B:
80-89
C:
70-79
D:
60-69
F:
Below 60

The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

Students are expected to adhere to the university's standard of conduct and the ACM Code of Ethics (http://www.acm.org/constitution/code.html). Honor code violations and ethical standards are enforced as in the Student Handbook ( https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf ).

SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.