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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)
Windows 2008 Administrator MCITP Exam COURSE CNT 55

Win. Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) Exam 70-640

Win. Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration MCTS Exam 70-642 COURSE CNT 56

- Microsoft Client - Exam 70-680: Windows 7 Configuration COURSE CNT 54

- ELECTRONICS, offered at Chabot College. NOT OFFERED AT LPC.
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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)
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 3 edition (April 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0073518176.
Or Online Text Book at half price, for online reading only, not downloadable:
See the publisher's description by clicking on image

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.
Phone: ____________
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 has that info too.
You can also 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. A video tutorial.

Instructor Office Hours and Class Times
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

1st Mon.: Student Learning Outcome Meeting 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

  1st Wed.: Town Hall Meeting.
3rd Wed.: Division Meeting: 2:30 - 4:30 pm.
  Office Hours: 5:00 - 6:00 pm in Room 804B
    Office Hours: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM in Room 804A Office Hours: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM in Room 804A CNT 51A CRN 31021 FT1 2.00 CompTIAs A+ Essentials Cert.  
Jan. 24 - Mar. 21 06:00 PM -09:50 PM Room 804B.
  CNT 50 CRN 30610 or CIS 65 30609 Intro to Desktop Operating Systems. Jan. 21  
12:30 PM - 02:20 PM Room 804B.   Lab: 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Room 804B.

CNT 52 093 CRN 30608 or CIS 66 30220 Networking Fundamentals - Network+ Jan. 22 06:30 PM - 09:20 PM Room 1826.
Lab: 09:30 PM - 10:20 PM Room 804B.

CNT 55 CRN 30700 093 MS Windows Server 2008 Administrator Jan. 23 06:30 PM - 08:45 PM Room 804B. Lab: 09:00 PM - 10:15 PM Room 804 CNT 51B CRN 31022 FT2 CompTIA A+ Practical Appl.   Second half of semester Mar. 24 - May 22. 06:00 PM -10:15 PM -. in Room 804B

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Other Work

1 Tue., Jan. 21, 14 Welcome. Orientation. Agenda. Syllabus. Course Outline. Student Services. Meet your instructor and classmates.
Locating class materials.
Read Chapter 1 .
2 Tue., Jan. 28, 14 Chapter 1 Introduction to Operating Systems

1.3 Today's Desktop OSs, 28.
Mac OS X, 31
Linux, 32
Read Chapter 2
Blackboard Practice Quizz
3 Tue., Feb. 04, 14 Chapter 2 . Computer Security Basics, - part 1. Install Comprehensive Security Software, 53
Anti-Virus, anti-spyware
Read second halft of Chapter 2
Blackboard Practice Quizz .
  Tue., Feb. 11, 14 Chapter 2 . Computer Security Basics. - part 2. Encryption, 70
Data Wiping, 71
Read Chapter 3 .
Blackboard Practice Quizz
4 Tue., Feb. 18, 14 Chapter 3. Desktop Virtualization, - part 1.
3.2 Desktop VMs on Windows Desktops, 84
Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, 85
VMware Player, 92
Oracle VirtualBox, 92
Read Chapter 4
Blackboard Practice Quizz
5 Tue., Feb. 25, 14 Chapter 4 Disk Operating System (DOS) and the Command-Line Interface, 105
4.2 Installing DOS, 111 Read Chapter 5
Blackboard Practice Quizz .
6 Tue., Mar. 04, 14 Chapter 5. Windows XP Professional, 145 5.2 Installing Windows XP, 150 Review chapters 1 - 5
Blackboard Practice Quizz
7 Tue., Mar. 11, 14 Midterm Exam Covers Chapters 1 through 5 - On Blackboard   Read Chapter 6
8 Tue., Mar. 18, 14 Chapter 6. Today's Windows — Windows Vista and Windows 7, 193
Installing and Removing Applications, 220.
6.4 Managing Local Security in Windows, 228.
Windows Firewall, 235
Read Chapter 7
Blackboard Practice Quizz
9 Tue., Mar. 25, 14 Chapter 7 Under the Windows Desktop, 241 Viewing and Editing the Registry, 245
Backing Up the Registry, 247.
7.3 Installing and Managing Device Drivers, 257
Read Chapter 8
Blackboard Practice Quizz
10 Tue., Apr. 01, 14 Chapter 8 Linux on the Desktop, Part 1.
8.2 Installing Linux, 283.
Read Chapter 9
Blackboard Practice Quizz
11 Tue., Apr. 08, 14 Chapter 8 Linux on the Desktop, Part 2.
Working with Linux. Creating Users and Groups.
  April 14-19 SPRING BREAK (no instruction)    
12 Tue., Apr. 22, 14 Chapter 9 Mac OS X on the Desktop, 319
9.3 Managing Mac OS X on the Desktop, 332
Apple Tutorial Here
Read Chapter 10
Blackboard Practice Quizz
13 Tue., Apr. 29, 14 Chapter 10 The Client Side of Networking, 361 10.2 Connecting to the Internet, 371.
FTP Clients, 393.
10.4 Sharing Files and Printers, 394.
Blackboard Practice Quizz
14 Tue., May 06, 14 Chapter 10 The Client Side of Networking- Part 2 Built-in Network Diagnostics, 400
Testing IP Configurations and Connectivity, 400
Finish all online and self-study Work
15 Tue., May 13, 14 Chapter 10 The Client Side of Networking- Part 3 Troubleshooting Connection Problems with TRACERT, 404
Troubleshooting DNS Errors Using PING, NETSTAT, and NSLOOKUP, 404
16 Tue., May 20, 14 Review Finish all labs and online quizzes  
  Mon., May 26, 14 HOLIDAY - Memorial Day    
17 Thu., May 29, 14 Final Examination - Covers chapters 6 - 10. 11:30 AM - 1:20 PM in Room 804B
Final Exam Schedule for All Classes Here

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 2014
Tue., Jan 21 INSTRUCTION BEGINS - Spring 2014 (full term classes)
Sat., Jan 25

Instruction Begins - Saturday Classes

Fri., Feb. 07, 14

Last Day to "ADD" or "Drop with No-Grade-of-Record" (NGR)
in person (Bldg 1600) (Full-term classes)

Feb 9 Last Day to "ADD" or "Drop with No-Grade-of-Record" (NGR)
online via Class-Web (Full-term classes)
Feb 10 CENSUS DAY (Full-term classes)
Feb 14-17 HOLIDAY* - Presidents' Day (no instruction)
Feb 20 Last day to Apply for Pass/No Pass
Apr 5

60% Point for Financial Aid

Apr 9 Last Day to Apply for Degree/Certificate
Apr 11

Last Day to "Withdraw with a W” in person (Bldg 1600) -or-
online via CLASS-Web (Full-term classes)

Apr 12 Saturday classes meet
Apr 14-19 SPRING BREAK (no instruction)
May 17 Last day of instruction for Saturday Classes (Finals on May 24)
May 22 Last day of Instruction (Full-term classes)
May 23-30

Final Exams Period <-(click for PDF) (Full-term classes)

May 24

Final Exams for Saturday Classes

May 26

HOLIDAY* - Memorial Day

May 31


Jun 4

Instructors Only: Grades Due (by 11pm)

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Saving copies of your class work
Use a flash drive, USB disk, 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).
If you are in class where you install operating systems on virtual machines and wish to save copies, you should bring a much larger USB external drive. Some online deals can be found 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.

California Education Code (Title 5) on Excessive Absences
" A student absent for a total of four consecutive or six cumulative instructional hours and/or two consecutive weeks of instruction may be dropped from that course by the instructor. This action constitutes an official termination of class enrollment and will be recorded."
"The instructor may not initiate the withdrawal of a student from the class after the automatic "W" date (Friday of the twelfth instructional week)"
Many of the labs can be done only with the instructor in the class room. By missing class or leaving early, you lose attendance/participation points and lab points that cannot be made up.
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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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