Operating Systems I Syllabus

Course Outcomes

  1. Describe basic computer and operating system principles.
  2. Install and administer a Linux distribution on a computer.
  3. Write a basic BASH script.


This course covers basic network operating system principles and Linux commands. At the conclusion of this course, students should understand how to install, configure, and maintain the Linux operating system and general operating system concepts.

Learning Model Architecture


Students prepare by studying the assigned materials and then identifying where their understanding is weak by posting questions to the class-wide forum.

Teach One Another

Each week, students work in partnerships to help each other through the material and projects. They answer each other's questions, check in on progress, explain what they have learned, and so forth.


Pondering and Proving occurs when students reflect on what they didn't know at the beginning of the lesson and answer their own or others' questions in the class-wide forum. Students also complete comprehension quizzes and exams (without their partners).


CIT 240

Required Materials

Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, Fourth Edition, Eckert, ISBN 1-305-10716-0

The minimum computer requirements are:


200 GB HD

Internet Connection @ 1.5 Mbps or greater

A computer capable of running a virtual machine and Linux in addition to your regular operating system.

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Grading Policies

Students’ course grade will be based on the assignments listed below. Additional information about these assignments can be found in the Course folder as well as in the individual assignments throughout the course.

Assignment Percent of Total Grade
Comprehension Quizzes, Partnership Work, Hands-On Projects, Discovery Exercises. 25%
Exam 1 25%
Exam 2 25%
Exam 3 25%

Your overall course grade will be based on the following scale:

Grade Percentage Range
A 100% –94%
A- 93% –90%
B+ 89% –87%
B 86% –84%
B- 83% –80%
C+ 79% –77%
C 76% –73%
C- 72% –70%
D 69% –66%
F 65% –0%


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