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- Intro to Desktop Operating Systems COURSE CNT 50 OR CIS 65
- CompTIA A+ Certification COURSES CNT51A/CNT51B
- Networking Fundamentals (CompTIA Network+ Certification)
Course CNT 52 or CIS 66
Win. Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration MCTS Exam 70-642 COURSE CNT 56.
Windows 2008 Administrator MCITP Exam COURSE CNT 55
Win. Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) Exam 70-640
- Microsoft Client - Exam 70-680: Windows 7 Configuration COURSE CNT 54. NOT OFFERED IN SPRING 2015.

- ELECTRONICS, offered at Chabot College. NOT OFFERED AT LPC.
Ask the instructor for more info.
Cisco, Computer Forensics, Linux, Virtualization Courses (John Gonder)
All other Online and Hybrid courses for all disciplines

Announcements for Students

Best Free Software
Microsoft Certifications by Name
Tune Up Your PC Like a Pro
Using Free Tools from the Internet

CompTIA Test Order Form

Shift Happens -  How will YOU fit in the Information Age?


Free Networking Videos by Prof. Messer

Free Networking Videos by ITFreeTraining


Free Networking Videos by GogoTrainingTV

Course Name: Introduction to Desktop Operating Systems
Course Number: CNT 50 or CIS 65
Our class meets on
Tuesdays at 12:30 PM in Room 804B.

Goals & Objectives
The main goal of this course is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the multiple operating systems commonly found in the Information Technology field today. You will learn the theory behind operating systems and some basic to advanced components of each operating system. This course walks you through current hardware and how it interacts with operating systems. You will learn basic functions and design of file systems found in Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Macintosh operating systems. This course discusses how operating systems interface with input, output, and storage devices. You will learn basic network theory and how to setup network resources through the multiple versions of operating systems.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO): Understanding, Installing and Exploring Desktop Operating Systems.

Paper Text Book
Survey of Operating Systems [Paperback]
Jane Holcombe (Author), Charles Holcombe (Author)
Survey of Operating Systems
By:   Holcombe, Charles Holcombe, Jane 4ed
ISBN-10:  0073518182 or ISBN-13:  978-0073518183
Or Online Text Book at half price, for online reading only, not downloadable:
The full table of contents is here. (pdf 492 kB)
Direct Link is here

Book Cover

Moh Daoud email: This is not a clickable link. Type manually the address. A small attempt to reduce spam.
Expect a response to questions within 24 hours.
Paper mail: Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore, CA 94551
Instructor Website:
This page is located at --> Faculty & Staff at the top right of screen --> Faculty Websites in the left column.

Your Student Email Account
If you are an enrolled student, a Google gmail account has been created for you.
It can be found at The Zone Information Page on the LPC home page. Your instructor can give you that info too.
You can bypass The Zone and get access to your email directly at
You may get access to your school email by going to and entering your regular Class-web username and password.
I recommend having your school email forwarded to your personal email. See a video tutorial here.

Instructor Office Hours and Class Times
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


  Staff Meeting 1st Wed.: Town Hall Meeting.
3rd Wed.: Division Meeting: 2:30 - 4:30 pm.
  Office Hours: 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM in Room 804B
  CNT 50 Intro. to Desktop Operating Systems CRN 30532 or CIS 65 CRN 30531 12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Room 804B.
Lab 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Room 804B.
Office Hours: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM in Room 804A   CNT 51A CRN FT1 30885 2.00 CompTIAs A+ Essentials Cert.  
Jan. 23 - Mar. 20. 06:00 PM -09:50 PM Room 804B.



Office Hour: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 804A

CNT 52 Networking Fundamentals
CRN 30530 or CIS 66 CRN 30208 6:30 - 9:20 PM Room 1826.
Lab 9:30 -10:20 Room 804B

CNT 56 Server 2008 Implem Windows Network Infras.
CRN 32922 or CIS 66 CRN 6:30 - 9:20 PM Room 804B.
Lab 9:30 -10:20 Room 804B
CNT 51B CRN 30886 FT2 CompTIA A+ Practical Appl.   Second half of semester Mar. 27-May 23. 06:00 PM -10:15 PM -. in Room 804B

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Other Work

1 Tue., Jan. 20, 2015 Welcome. Orientation. Agenda. Syllabus. Course Outline. Student Services. Meet your instructor and classmates.
Locating class materials.
Read Chapter 1 .
2 Tue., Jan. 27, 2015 Chapter 1 Introduction to Operating Systems

Today's Desktop OSs. Windows
Mac OS X
Read Chapter 2
Blackboard Practice Quizz
3 Tue., Feb. 03, 2015 Chapter 2 . Computer Security Basics, - part 1. Install Comprehensive Security Software
Anti-Virus, anti-spyware
Read second halft of Chapter 2
Blackboard Practice Quizz .
4 Tue., Feb. 10, 2015 Chapter 2 . Computer Security Basics. - part 2. Encryption
Data Wiping
Read Chapter 3 .
Blackboard Practice Quizz
5 Tue., Feb. 17, 2015 Chapter 3. Desktop Virtualization, - part 1.
Desktop VMs on Windows Desktops
Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
VMware Player
Oracle VirtualBox
Read Chapter 4
Blackboard Practice Quizz
6 Tue., Feb. 24, 2015 Chapter 4 Windows 7
Upgrade Advisor / Upgrade Assistant
Windows Easy Transfer
Windows Updates
Read Chapter 5
Blackboard Practice Quizz .
7 Tue., Mar. 03, 2015 Chapter 5. Windows 8   Review chapters 1 - 5
Blackboard Practice Quizz
8 Tue., Mar. 10, 2015 Midterm Exam Covers Chapters 1 through 5 - On Blackboard   Read Chapter 6
9 Tue., Mar. 17, 2015 Chapter 6. Under the Windows Desktop:Supporting and Troubleshooting Windows
Installing and Removing Applications.
Managing Local Security in Windows.
Windows Firewall. Viewing and Editing the Registry
Backing Up the Registry. Installing and Managing Device Drivers
Read Chapter 7
Blackboard Practice Quizz
10 Tue., Mar. 24, 2015 Chapter 7 OS X on the Desktop Lab: Pick one below.
- Working with OS X
- Apple Tutorial (pdf)
Read Chapter 8
Blackboard Practice Quizz
  Tue., Mar. 31, 2015 SPRING BREAK (no instruction)    
11 Tue., Apr. 07, 2015 Chapter 8 Linux on the Desktop, Part 1.
Lab: Installing Linux
Read Chapter 9
Blackboard Practice Quizz
12 Tue., Apr. 14, 2015 Chapter 8 Linux on the Desktop, Part 2.
Working with Linux. Basic Commands & Navigation. Basic Tutorial
More if you can: Tutorial1 Tutorial2
13 Tue., Apr. 21, 2015 Chapter 9 The Command-Line Interface
  Read Chapter 10
Blackboard Practice Quizz
14 Tue., Apr. 28, 2015 Chapter 10 Connecting Desktops and Laptops to Networks Connecting to the Internet.
FTP Clients.
Sharing Files and Printers.
Blackboard Practice Quizz
15 Tue., May 05, 2015 Chapter 10 The Client Side of Networking- Part 2 Built-in Network Diagnostics
Testing IP Configurations and Connectivity
Troubleshooting Connection Problems with TRACERT, PING, NETSTAT, and NSLOOKUP
Finish all online and self-study Work
16 Tue., May 12, 2015 Finish Chapter 10 Networking + Catch up with online work Finish all labs and online quizzes  
17 Tue., May 19, 2015 Chapter 11 Mobile Operating Systems Finish all labs and online quizzes  
18 Thu., May 28, 2015 Final Examination - Covers chapters 6 - 10. Final Exams 11:30 - 1:20 PM Room 804B Final Exam Schedule for all Classes

Evaluation and Grading
Final grades are determined through a weighted average of midterm and final examinations, quizzes, laboratory assignments, homework assignments, and class attendance and participation.
16 meetings X 5 points per attendance = 80 points. 16 labs X 10 points per lab = 160. Mid-term Examination = 296 points. Final Examination = 230 points. Total Possible = 766 points. Your total points divided by 766 will be converted to a percent. 90% - 100 % = A. 80 - 89% = B. 70 - 79% = C. 60 - 69% = D. Less than 60% = F.
Posting of Grades: Final grades will be posted on the school website; usually within two weeks of the end of semester. If you need your grade sooner, contact the instructor.
The online Blackboard practice quizzes can be taken multiple times. They count towards your final grade. Your best score will be kept for final computation. The quizzes are located at
Late Coursework:
All assignments are to be turned in on the due date. Students may be allowed to make up any late work by prior arrangement with the instructor. I try to accommodate most students, but very few excuses are accepted.

Important Dates SPRING 2015 Academic Calendar
Jan 20 Instruction begins (Full-term courses)
Jan 24 Instruction begins for Saturday classes
Feb 6 Last day to “ADD” or “DROP NGR” deadline (in-person) (Full-term courses)
Feb 8 Last day to “ADD” or “DROP NGR” deadline (online via CLASS-Web) (Full-term courses)
Feb 9 Census Deadline (Full-term courses)
Feb 13 - 16 HOLIDAY - Presidents’ Weekend (no instruction)
Feb 19 Pass/No Pass deadline (Full-term courses)
Mar 28 Saturday classes meet
Mar 30 - Apr 3 SPRING BREAK (no instruction)
Apr 11 60% Point for Financial Aid
Apr 10 Deadline to apply for Degree/Certificate
Apr 17 Last day to Withdraw with a “W” deadline (in-person) (Full-term courses)
Apr 19 Last day to Withdraw with a “W” deadline (online via CLASS-Web) (Full-term courses)
May 16 Last day of Saturday classes
May 21 Last day of Instruction (all classes)
May 22 - 29 Final Examination Period < click for Final Exams Schedule>
May 23 Final Exams for Saturday classes
May 25 HOLIDAY - Memorial Day
May 30 Commencement
Jun 3 Grades Due (Instructors only)

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Saving copies of your class work
You may use a flash drive, USB disk, online storage, or email attachments to save any handouts, labs, PowerPoint presentations, or other notes.
Also recommended: a few blank writable CDs or DVDs to create your own live CDs (Operating system running off a CD).
Some deals can be found on such sites as and
To locate the class PowerPoint Presentations, notes and other student materials used in our class, do the following.
From any computer on campus, double click on the Student Files icon Marvin the Martian, double click on your instructor's folder, double click on your class folder .
Printing your work
This class rareley requires any printed work. Most materials may be submitted digitally. If you wish to print your work at school, you will need a computer print card, which can be purchased from the bookstore or from the Computer Lab (Room 803). - Color printing   is also available in Room 803- $.50 per page from PCs at pods L and M.
Evaluation and Grading
Final grades are determined through a weighted average of midterm and final examinations, quizzes, laboratory assignments, homework assignments, and class attendance and participation.
90%+ = A; 80% to 89% = B; 70% to 79% = C; 60% to 69% = D; 59% & below = F. Posting of Grades: Final grades will be posted on the school website; usually within two weeks of the end of semester. If you need your grade sooner, contact the instructor.
The online Blackboard practice quizzes can be taken multiple times. They count towards your final grade. Your best score will be kept for final computation. The quizzes are located at
Late Coursework:
All assignments are to be turned in on the due date. Students may be allowed to make up any late work by prior arrangement with the instructor. I try to accommodate most students, but very few excuses are accepted.

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Parking Permits Available Online
Parking permits must be purchased on CLASS-Web. You will need the license number and description of the vehicle you wish to purchase a permit for and a printer to print your temporary permit. The actual hanging permit will be mailed to the address you provide when applying for your permit. Vehicles not displaying a valid permit, (hanging-type semester permit, temporary permit or daily permit from parking lot machines,) will be cited, even you own a parking permit. If you left it at home, you may buy a daily permit or contact the security office in building 1500 and ask for instructions.
Permit Costs for Fall and Spring Semester Permits. Vehicles: $30 per semester. Motorcycles: $15 per semester. Vehicles visiting: 30 minutes free in marked spaces only. $2 per day. Spaces for the handicapped: must show placard and pay the regular fee. Park your car head-in only, do not park backwards, or you'll be cited. More info...

Adding/Dropping a course
You may use CLASS-Web on the Internet to drop or add a course from the school home page at . CLASS-Web is an online system that allows students to register, add, and drop classes, review academic schedules, check grades, view unofficial transcripts, access financial aid information, and pay student fees.
Remember! If you enroll in a class and decide not to attend, you are responsible for dropping the class. Don’t assume you will be dropped by your instructor or that the system will drop you automatically. If you fail to withdraw by the deadline the instructor must issue a grade.

Attendance - California Education Code (Title 5) on Excessive Absences
Due to the voluminous variety of knowledge required of professionals in information technology the industry, it is expected for you to attend every class session for the entire class time. Make arrangements with the instructors about hybrid classes. The Las Positas attendance policy will be observed: A student absent for a total of four consecutive or six cumulative instructional hours (1 instructional hour = 50 minutes) and/or two consecutive weeks of instruction may be dropped from that course by the instructor.
In order to be counted present, you must be present for the entire class period. If you need to leave a class session early, please inform me before class begins. Arriving to class late or leaving class early may result in at least one instructional hour of absence depending on the time
In the event that you experience a personal or familial hardship that causes an absence, you are till responsible for the material covered. Our online material has lectures that can assist in learning the many topics, and I am willing to help during contact hours. It is your responsibility to officially drop the course if you choose not to complete it.
If you wish to drop the course at any time for any reason, fill out the appropriate paperwork at the Office of Admissions and Records. Students who do not report to class on the first day may be dropped. Do not assume that I will drop you from the course. If you stop attending the class and do not drop the class after census day, you will receive an F in the class. See the schedule
of important dates for deadlines for withdrawing from the course.
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Classroom Etiquette
Cell phones should be either turned off or set to silent mode during class. NO TEXTING IN THE CLASS ROOM. Take your emergency calls outside the class room. Please, put away your smartphones, Ipods, mp3 player during class times. You may bring a laptop computer to class for use during lab times and for class work only; not for playing games, chatting, reading the news, checking sports results, watching cartoons or funny videos.
During lectures, you are expected to participate; but, please take a turn. Even whispering is distracting to the other students and to the instructor. If you wear earphones during lectures, you are not participating. If you have a special condition, you should tell the instructor about it.

Missed Classes
The student is responsible for obtaining material distributed on class days when he/she was absent. This can be done by contacting a classmate who was present or by contacting the instructor.

Academic Honesty
All work that you submit in this course must be your own, it is a violation of academic integrity to copy someone else's work or to permit another person to copy your work. If any similarity in form or notation is noticed, the instructor retains the right to give a failing grade for the assignment, exam, and/or course.
Students found cheating (fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an academic assignment) and/or plagiarizing (using another’s work as your own) will receive a zero for the assignment or exam and the incident will be reported to the dean of student services. LPC's policy on academic dishonesty can be found at

Need for Assistance
If you have any condition, such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as I have outlined it, or which will require academic accommodations, please notify me as soon as possible for special arrangements.
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1- To attend LPC
, you must first enroll as a student at Las Positas College. If you are a student and did not attend last semester, you must re-enroll.
2- After you have enrolled yourself as a student and obtained a student ID number, you may register for courses online by using the CLASS-WEB online registration system.
You may also register in person at the Admission Office, Building 1600..
For more info, call +1 925.424.1500, or send a fax: +1 925.606.6437.
Admissions Office Email: lpcarcom @
International students may download the application forms and instructions from here.
- The Cisco Networking Academy courses are here.

- The online courses for all disciplines are here.

Free Microsoft Software and Discounted Non Microsoft Software
- The MSDN Academic Alliance offers free MS software to LPC students who are enrolled in computing and business classes. The instructgor will give you the login information within the first weeks of the semester.. The list of software packages is HERE. The downloaded software will be a large ISO file that can be written to a DVD or saved to a USB disk. Instructions on burning DVD can be found in the instructor's folder on Marvin in a file named the How to Burn ISO files Word document.
- The Microsoft developer, designer and gaming tools are available on
- or, both take you to the same deals. offers both Microsoft and non Microsoft products, some at an 85% discount. At JourneyEd registration, sign up as a Chabot student using the same W number.
- The Microsoft Student Store is here .
- If you’re a student and you don't have access to MSDN AA, you can join the Association for Computing Machinery ( for $19. As part of the membership you get access to most of the MSDNAA catalog. You also get access to thousands of technical books.
Microsoft Office 2013 $39.99 student price at .
- Best Free Software - Compiled by the instructor
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Resources, programs, and services available to Las Positas College students

Admissions and Records
(925) 424-1500
dearney @
Building 700
Applications • Registration • Records

Assessment / Tutorials and Testing
(925) 424-1475
ptrummel @
Building 1000
Tutors • Instructors • Placement Testing

Associated Students (ASLPC)
(925) 424-1490
staff @
Building 1700
Student Government • Meetings • Activities

(925) 424-1252
snavarro @
Room 2115
Intramurals • Intercollegiate Sports • Classes

(925) 424-1432
ktomlinson @
Building 900
Housing Scholarship • Child Care • CalWORKs Jobs

Career / Transfer Center
(925) 424-1423
lcamp @
Building 900
Career Testing • Career Information • Transfers

Computer Center
(925) 424-1144
gjohns @
Room 803

Early Childhood Education
(925) 424-1187
(925) 424-1135
Room 2136
Training • Professional Development

English Center
cahre @
Building 400
Developmental English • Instructors/Staff

(925) 424-1593
dscott @
Room 1504
Book Grants • Priority Registration • Counseling

Financial Aid/Veteran's Office
(925) 424-1580
lpcfinaid @
Room 1509
Registration Fee Waivers • Grants • Loans

(925) 424-1151
Building 2000
Reference • Research Skills Instruction • Internet Access • Online Databases • Print and AV Materials

LPC Distance Education Support
(925) 371-1142
LPCdistEd @
Login Problems • Assignment Submission Problems • General Distance Ed Info

Peer Support Network
(925) 424-1217
ejones @
Room 1200
Support Groups • Trained Listeners • Stress Help

Re-Entry Student Services
(925) 424-1412
bmorrissey @
Room 704
Transitional Classes • Counseling • Support

Student Health Center
(925) 424-1830
Building 1700
Treatment • Advice • Referrals

Campus Safety and Security
Emergency (925) 424-1699
Business (925) 424-1690
Room 1605
Parking• Student Escorts • Lost and Found

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The Computer Center (room 803) is available to students as an open lab with Internet connected computers and technical assistance from knowledgeable staff. We have over a hundred workstations with PCs and even a handful of iMacs, printing for a fee in black or color, headphones, scanners, assistive technology, and friendly helpful guidance on a drop-in basis.
The Computer Center supports all disciplines including Online Learning Blackboard courses.
Computer Center Hours for Spring 2015. Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9:30pm. Friday 8:30am-3:00pm
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