BTO130 - Operating Systems for Programming - Windows

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Subject Title
Operating Systems for Programming - Windows

Subject Description
This course introduces students to the Windows operating system, with an emphasis on using the Windows platform for software development. Windows is the leading solution for Internet, personal, network, and enterprise server computing, and for programming, because of its rich development environment. In this course, students will learn operating system concepts, architecture, features, and configuration, while using the most recent version of the Windows operating system. Students will also improve and enhance their user skills during the course. BTO130 also introduces students to the Seneca computing environment. This course supports and complements the topics learned in all other first-semester courses, and lays a foundation for upper-semester programming courses.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Effectively use operating system services and utilities that meet a range of needs, including administration, management, and software deployment
  • Describe the architecture of Windows
  • Perform operating system configuration activities, including user environment and security setup, networking configuration, application software installation, and device installation
  • Perform data storage and file system operations, including navigation and device, file, and folder maintenance in both a standalone and in a networked environment
  • Describe computer systems concepts, including user interfaces, computer hardware, data storage, security, networking, and applications software
  • Apply the appropriate terminology relevant to operating systems, the Windows user interface, and personal computer systems

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.