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Course Overview

Windows Command Line - CIS 1160.

Topics include internal/external DOS commands, file manipulation, directory structure, configuration and batch files, and the use of DOS in a Windows environment.

Although this course does not have a formal course prerequisite, CIS 1150, Introduction to Computers, is recommended. Students without any prior computer experience should enroll in CIS 1150 or CIS 1130, Introduction to Windows, before attempting to study DOS. You will receive two semester hours of credit for completing the course.

The textbook for the course covers the use of command line in a Windows XP environment. Most commands work in Windows 7, but your screen will differ from screen shots in the text. You should not attempt the course using an earlier version of Windows.

Why is it important for students to still learn the command line? Consider the following reasons:

  1. Both Windows XP and Windows 7 will allow users to troubleshoot from the command line.
  2. Network certification programs assume knowledge of the command line.
  3. Legacy software still requires command line maintenance.
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Four exams will be given on-line, but the time you may use to complete each exam is limited.

If you have never before enrolled in an online course, visit the COD web site, Succeeding in Internet Courses, to determine if this method of study works for you. The Self Assessment Survey will also guide you in your decision. Finally, Frequently Asked Questions will address your hardware and software needs for the class.

To see the course summary for CIS 1160, go to the COD Online webpage and select a term under "Classes by Term and Course Information " The course summary outlines course expectations as well as course policies so you can make an informed decision about course enrollment.

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