CIT 353 Operating Systems II Syllabus

This is a junior-level operating system course designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the systems administration field. The course provides students with the knowledge to become industry certified as a Windows Professional.

This course will utilize LabSim. Course work will include demonstrations, exams, lab/simulations, text lessons, fact sheets and videos.

Course Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to install and configure servers.
  2. Students will be able configure server roles and features.
  3. Students will be able to configure Hyper-V.
  4. Students will be able to deploy and configure core network services.
  5. Students will be able to install and administer Active Directory.
  6. Students will be able to create and manage Group Policy.


This class is designed so that you can achieve certification on Windows Server 2016. The final for this class will be the TestOut Server Pro 2016: Install and Storage Certification Exam and this exam is covered in the cost of the required TestOut courseware. This class will also prepare you for the Microsoft 70-740 Certification Exam. This certification is not included in the cost of the class—students who decide to try for this certification will be responsible for its cost.

Learning Model

The challenge before us is to create even more powerful and effective learning experiences in which students learn by faith. This requires, but is more than, teaching by the Spirit. To learn by faith, students need opportunities to take action. Some of those opportunities will come where students lead and teach one another and participate broadly. Some of them will come in the classroom, where prepared students, exercising faith, step out beyond the light they already possess, to speak, to contribute, and to teach one another. It is precisely in that moment of faith that (the) calling up and linking of personal effort to the Spirit occurs. It is in that moment that the Spirit teaches. (Kim B. Clark, Inaugural Response, Brigham Young University Idaho, October 11, 2005.)


  1. Exercise faith in Christ as a principle of action and power.
  2. Understand that true teaching is done by and with the Holy Ghost.
  3. Lay hold upon the word of God as found in the holy scriptures and in the words of the prophets in all disciplines.
  4. Act for themselves and accept responsibility for learning and teaching.
  5. Love, serve, and teach one another.

Class Paterns


You will start working together in groups in Week 3 and will do so each week through Week 13. Here are some details about working in groups:

Weekly Pattern

Most weeks you will be doing the following:

  1. Reading and watching instructions materials
  2. Taking practice questions
  3. Doing lab simulations
  4. Doing group study sessions

Some weeks you will also have an exam.

Required Materials

This class uses TestOut Server Pro 2016: Install and Storage courseware (ISBN: 978-1-935080-65-7). Here are some details about this:

Where do I get Help?

This course uses specialized practices and resources that may require additional support not normally offered to other courses. As always, go to the Overview tab to contact your instructor as your first line or support.

Grading Policies

Your overall grade will be calculated according to the following scale, there is no rounding:

Grade Percentage Range
A 100 - 93
A- 92 - 90
B+ 89 – 87
B 86 – 83
B- 82 – 80
C+ 79 – 77
C 76 – 73
C- 72 – 70
D+ 69 – 67
D 66 – 63
D- 62 - 60
F >60

Grade Categories

Exams - 35%
Coursework - 20%
Final - 45%

Software and Computer Ethics

The use of the BYU-Idaho network, systems and data imposes responsibilities and obligations upon the students to use these components in an ethical manner and in accordance with the guidelines found in the BYU-Idaho Honor Code. Students are to access only data and files that are owned by them, or explicit authorization has been given by the instructor for their use. Copyrighted material must be used in accordance with copyright law and applicable license agreements followed.

Attempting to circumvent or subvert system security measures or engaging in any activity that causes harm to systems or to any information stored thereon, such as creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services, or damaging files are considered inappropriate use. Violators are subject to disciplinary actions as prescribed by BYU-Idaho Policy and may also be prosecuted under applicable local, state, federal, civil, or criminal law.

Preventing Sexual Misconduct Syllabus Statement

BYU-Idaho prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. Prohibited sex discrimination includes incidents of sexual harassment (including sexual violence), dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking (collectively “sexual misconduct”).

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment for my students and for the campus as a whole. University policy requires that I report all incidents of sexual misconduct that come to my attention. If you encounter sexual misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at or 208-496-9200. Additional information about sexual misconduct and available resources can be found at

Disability Services Syllabus Statement

BYU-Idaho does not discriminate against persons with disabilities in providing its educational and administrative services and programs, and follows applicable federal and state law. This policy extends to the University’s electronic and information technologies (EIT).

Students with qualifying disabilities should contact the Disability Services Office at or 208-496-9210. Additional information about Disability Services resources can be found at