Network Operating Systems I Course Syllabus

IT 2153

Required Texts


Required Texts:  

1. Hands-On Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Administration, 1st Edition, Michael Palmer, Course Technologies, 2008, ISBN 1-4239-0234-3

2.Fedora Unleashed 2008 Edition, Hudson and Hudson, Sams, 2008, ISBN 0-672-32977-8

Instructor Name, Phone Number, E-Mail and Office Number

    Cliff Layton, 918-343-7665,, (Office) HH 253

Office Hours:MT, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM in HH 253 or the RSU Business and Technology Advising Center; T, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in HH 253; W, 8:00 to 10:30 AM in HH 253; R,7:30 AM to 10:30 AM in HH 253.

Course Prerequisite:IT 2143

A copy of a screen grabber such as MWSnap, or SnagIt from TechSmith will be needed.  A free or low cost version of SnagIt is available at <>; one of many other tools of this type may be used.  The free screen grabber called MWSnap is available at the below.

This course also requires special equipment and software, probably including a computer additional to your usual workstation capable of hosting Windows 2008 Server or Fedora 6 or later (Linux), a hub or switch and cabling for interconnecting your workstation to the additional computer, and the Windows 2008 Server operating system, Windows XP or other Windows client operating system (on your usual computer), and Fedora 6 or later (Linux) operating systems.  PLEASE SEE THE NOTES BELOW! 

NOTE1:  Windows 2008 Server software can be loaned to you by RSU (at no direct money cost) for use in the course, and a copy of Fedora 8 (Linux) comes free with the Fedora text. 

NOTE2:  RSU Claremore hardware can be used by students in this online course, if they can arrange to be on the RSU Claremore campus at appropriate times when I can be available for supervision.

NOTE3:  Each of a few Network Operating Systems I students has used VMWare Workstation software in successfully taking the course using their regular workstation as the only computer needed in the course, thus reducing the cost of hardware/software needed for the course.  This option is not the currently recommended option featured in the course online content, but this option does exist.  VMWare Workstation 7 for Windows can be made available to you free for course use, if requested.

Please note computer specifications for VMWare hosting, if you wish to consider this option.See the VMWare web site.

See the Microsoft web site for computer specifications for a Windows Server 2008 computer. 


Course Grading


Grades in the course will be determined based on each unit set of assignments, which will count a maximum of 5% total per set of assignments, a proctored Mid-Term Exam which will count 10%, and a proctored Final Exam which will count 15%.  In most units, the work in the Assignment category will count 2% maximum, the Self-Test work will count 2% maxiumum, and the Threaded discussion work will count 1% maximum.

An assignment must be done within the week in which it is due in order to be counted, subject to negotiations between student and professor on very rare occasions.

The grading scale is below.

90% -- 100% A

80% -- 89% B

70% -- 79% C

60% -- 69% D

0% -- 59% F



Course Objectives


In this course, the students shall be encouraged to accomplish the following objectives, in the context for operating computer networks.

  1. The student will be able to identify the features and capabilities of Windows Server 2008 operating systems.
  2. The student shall install Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition.
  3. The student shall configure a Windows Server 2008 Environment.
  4. The student shall study and exercise Active Directory and account management.
  5. The student shall configure, manage, and troubleshoot resource access.
  6. The student shall configure Windows Server 2008 printing.
  7. The student shall configure and manage data storage.
  8. The student shall manage Windows Server 2008 network services.
  9. The student shall study and exercise remote access services.
  10. The student shall study and exercise Windows Server 2008 security.
  11. The student shall study and exercise server and network monitoring.
  12. The student shall study and exercise server and network reliability.
  13. The student shall install Fedora (Linux)  Server.
  14. The student shall use basic Fedora (Linux) application or services.



Course Description

Two popular operating system will be considered in the course:  Windows Server 2008 and Fedora (Linux).  A study of components, functions and relationships of the computer operating systems, and their interactions with user programs will be offered.



Description of a Typical Course Unit


A typical course unit will contain the following.  The last few units in the course, related to Fedora (Linux) may be exceptions.

1.  Unit Objectives:  a set of objectives per the course unit.

2.  Reading (Study):  a chapter or pages to be studied per the course unit.

3.  Slides:  a full set of course unit slides from the Palmer text publisher used in the course, without voice over slides lecture content.  Additional slides may be added to these from time to time. 

4.  Assignment:  a set of problems from the course text, and/or labs to be done (hands-on) using a computer network.

5.  Threaded Discussion:  a threaded discussion topic to which you should respond.

6.  Self-Test:  an online self-test per the given unit.

General Topic Outline and Agenda

For a Summer course, please map the work in weeks 1 and 2 (below) to week 1 (in Summer), the work in weeks 3 and 4 to week 2, etc., so that the course will become an 8-week course in Summer with the coverage indicated below.



Chapters or Other Info. to be Studied

Assignment or Test Due at Week†††† End











Chapter 1, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Test, Discussion





Chapter 2, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Test, Discussion





Chapter 3, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Tests, Discussion





Chapter 4, Palmer

Assignment, Self Test, Discussion





Chapter 5, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Test, Discussion





Chapters 6, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Tests, Discussion





Chapter 7, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Test, Discussion





Chapter 8, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Test, Discussion





Chapters Covered in First Eight Wks

Mid-Term Exam





Sever-Client Connect

Assignment, Discussion





Chapter 9, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Test, Discussion





Chapter 10, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Test, Discussion





Chapter 11, Palmer

Assignment, Self-Test, Discussion





Fedora Text Chapts. 1-3, Lecture

Assignment, Discussion





Fedora Text, man pages, and WWW, Lecture

Assignment, Discussion





Fedora Text Pages 220-22, Lecture

Assignment, Discussion





Review and Final

Comprehensive Final









General Policies


Attendance Policies

This course is an online course in which attendance corresponds to contact between student and instructor at least twice per week. Attendance and late arrivals are not directly factored into grading in the course, but it is highly likely that students in the course not having contact with the instructor at least twice per week will generally do well in the course. Also, students MUST participate in Threaded Discussions within the weeks in which they are assigned, in order to receive credit for the assignments, unless exceptions are negotiated.

Late Assignments and Make-up Work Policy

An assignment must be turned in within the week in which it is due in order to count, subject to student/professor negotiation on very rare occasions.  The end of a week is considered to be Monday immediately following that week at 11:00 PM.

Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to follow university policies as put forth in the institutionís Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct.  In accordance with Title 12 of The Student Code (page 11), instances of alleged academic misconduct will follow the policies and procedures as described in Title 12.  As a general rule, Faculty at Rogers State University has the responsibility of enforcing the academic code.  Therefore, if academic misconduct is suspected, I will submit a letter of alleged academic misconduct to the Office of Student Affairs.

The Rogers State University Plagiarism Statement

Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as oneís own, including: direct quotation without both attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted, e.g. quotation marks; paraphrase without attribution; paraphrase with or without attribution where the wording of the original remains substantially intact and is represented as the authorís own; expression in oneís own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common knowledge.


Syllabus Statement

Americans with Disabilities Act:

Rogers State University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and services. Any student who has a disability that he or she believes will require some form of academic accommodation must inform the professor of such need during or immediately following the first class attended. Before any educational accommodation can be provided, it is the responsibility of each student to prove eligibility for assistance by registering for services through Student Affairs. Students needing more information about Student Disability Services should contact Kendra Cagle, Coordinator of Student Disability Services at Rogers State University, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017 or 918-343-6828.


In the normal course of activities student input will be gathered concerning many aspects of the class.  Student perception, performance and satisfaction may be solicited, systematically gathered and studied to improvement of the class and our programs.  These assessments will be in the context of the learning objectives of the class as well as the mission of the Department, the School and the University.


The schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.