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CIT 211 - MCSE I,     PC Operating System
Windows XP Professional

Revised: August 12, 2005
Credits: 3
Instructor: Patrick O'Hanahan
Office: HTC 131
Phone: 753-2288 (office with voice mail)
Class Web Page:
Textbook: MCSE Guide to Microsoft Windows XP Professional, second Edition, Enchanced. Available through the college bookstore.

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This course introduces students to MicroSoft's Latest workstation platform. The course will teach students, through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, textbook exercises, and classroom labs, the skills and knowledge necessary to help prepare them to take the Microsoft certification exams and to become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), or Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). It introduces the various tools for administering and configuring Windows XP Professional including the Microsoft Management Console, Task Scheduler, Control Panel, Device Manager, the registry editor, and a variety of wizards. This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to install, configure, administer, and support Microsoft Windows XP Professional, as well as for those individuals seeking certification. The course begins by exploring some of the new features and improvements in Windows XP Professional and devotes an entire lesson to troubleshooting using the Help and Support Center. Once this foundation is established, the course guides the students through installing Windows XP Professional and then walks them through configuring, administering, and supporting it.

Course Recommendations

Students should have the following knowledge and skills prior to starting the course. It may be possible for a student to acquire this knowledge and skills through additional study during the course.


Welcome to CIT 211, MCSE I "PC Operating Systems". This course covers MS Windows XP Professional operating system concepts. We will discuss how to install, configure, support and administer the latest MicroSoft desktop operating system. The operating system will be examined primarily in the network environment, but also we will cover the standalone and Home environment to some extent. The material covered in this course is aimed at assisting people to take the MCSE 70-270 exam.

Major Learning Outcomes

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of this class a student will be able to:

  1. Plan and implement audit policies to track user activities and system-wide events
  2. Plan, implement, and manage NTFS compression, compressed folders, and disk quotas.
  3. Implement and manage the Microsoft Encrypting File System (EFS)
  4. Use the Disk Management snap-in, Disk Defragmenter, Check Disk, and Disk Cleanup to manage your hard disks
  5. Monitor, manage, and maintain network resources
  6. Install, configure, and manage various XP professional OS network components
  7. setup and configured NTFS, and sharing premissions acording to Microsoft specifications.
  8. Plane, create, and manage Windows XP Professional local user accounts and groups
  9. Show advanced knowledge of the relationships between software applications, hardware, and operating systems
  10. Setup and distribute software and applications using publish and assign utilities.
Student Outcome Assessment
Assessment Method Learner Outcomes
Completion of Lab Manual and labs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Assignments and Qizzes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Classroom participation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Written and Skills examinations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Your grade will be based 30% on assignments, 10% participation, 15% Mid-term, and 45% Final exam. This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale. All assignment due dates will be noted when the assignments are given. Any excused absences must be agreed to by the instructor in advance unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Two (2) unexcused absences results in an Failing grade. The code of conduct stated in The Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.

COURSE SCHEDULE: All students enrolled in this class will need access to a computer with internet access. Weekly reviews and tests are given by way of WebCt. Your user ID and password will be assigned during class. The class outline is only a guide and may be ajusted as required to accomodate class progress. You should be prepared to discuss each week's topics during each class session. The class is designed with exercises and lab sessions these will be completed during class as time permits.

    Chapters by week: Subject to change. Based on Class progress.

  1. Week 1 ---------Chapters 1,2, 3, and Selected Labs
    Introduction to Windows XP, Installing Windows XP, Using System Utilities.
  2. Week 2 ---------Chapters 4,5,6, and Selected Labs
    XP File Systems, Managing Users.....etc, XP Security and Access
  3. Week 3 ---------Chapters 7, 8, 9, and Selected Labs
    Network Protocols, Remote Access, Administrating, and Troubleshooting Printers.

    Mid-Term Exam on WebCt

  4. Week 4 ------Chapters 10,11,12, and Selected Labs
    Performance Tuning, Application Support, Windows XP Registry. *
  5. Week 5 --------Chapters 13,14,15, and Selected Labs
    Booting Options, Fault Tolerance, Troublshooting XP.

    Final Exam on WebCt

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