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Jim Leifel
Introduction to Windows XP
Business & Technology (IC 2026) 942-2592
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Provides an overview of computer hardware, software, and operating system concepts used on computers. Fundamentals of the operating system, Windows, are studied in-depth. Topics covered will include hardware, software, manipulating Windows, using Help, launching applications, managing files and folders with Windows Explorer and My Computer, Control Panel, organizing a disk, Printing and Fonts, customizing a computer system, maintaining files and disks, and connectivity.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the major elements of a computer operating system and explain their functions.
  2. Describe the differences between application and system software and list examples in each category.
  3. Identify what impact the graphical user interface (GUI) has on routine computer work.
  4. Recognize and use the various features for manipulating through Windows (menus, title bars, dialog and message boxes, cascading menus, dragging and dropping, pop-up menus, icons, and toolbars.)
  5. Define and use the basic functions of the Desktop.
  6. Explain and use the features provided in My Computer and Windows Explorer.
  7. Identify features of Control Panel and utilize it to customize the desktop and computer system.
  8. Create, edit, save and print documents using Windows application programs.
  9. Explain the methodology that can be used to organize a disk.
  10. Explain and use the features provided in the Printers and Fonts folders
  11. Use features of Windows such as importing graphics, Character Map and printing screens using WordPad and Paint.
  12. Explain and use the features of system maintenance.
  13. Create, edit, exchange data and save documents using Object-Linking and Embedding.


    1. Windows XP - Concepts & Examples by Carolyn Gillay
    2. Two 3 1/2-inch double-sided, high-density disks.


This is a two semester hour course. The ‘rule of thumb’ is that you should be prepared to spend two to three hours outside of class for each hour in class. That means that you could expect to spend as much as 4 to 6 hours per week outside of class either reading, doing assignments, or working in front of the computer. The exact amount of time you spend will depend on how quickly you can grasp the assigned materials.

There is reading, writing, and lab required. If your reading or writing skills are not at a level you need to succeed I suggest you take advantage of the fine assistance offered by the school. There is help offered in writing, English as a second language, math, just to name a few areas. In the computer labs there are lab assistants available. If you need help in locating these resources, see me.

Finally, I am here to help you. I have a great interest in seeing you succeed. My phone number is listed in this document. Donít hesitate to see me if you have a problem or a concern. REMEMBER  I can’t help you if you don’t tell me what is the problem or concern.


You will be given assigned reading which will include doing the examples in the material. Many examples assume that the previous examples have been completed. Class sessions will assume that you have read the assigned material. In class we will resolve problems and amplify explanations found in the text. The tutorials are designed to be done in front of a computer.

At times I will cover in detail the assigned reading material, and at other times I will cover important concepts not covered by the reading assignment. Students will be held responsible for all assigned reading material. Statements and concepts contained in the assigned text will be used as the criterion for correctness in grading except for those I specifically contradict.


This class has seven (7) assignments, each worth 20 points. Only your best six (6) will be counted. All assignments are to be done by the student outside of class time and must be done by each student individually. Duplicate assignments will receive a zero.

Assignments are due at the BEGINNING of class on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted.


Classroom is lecture and lab. The student should read the assigned chapter(s) in advance of class, and come prepared to discuss the material. Class discussion, with preparation by all, is an important part of the learning process.


I encourage you to work in teams, particularly in lab. Work together to tackle problems and develop solutions. For a team to be truly productive and provide a value-added benefit each member of the team should be a contributor as well as a taker. If you choose to work with others make sure you bring knowledge to the team as well as take knowledge from the team. Of course, you can not do quizzes or examinations in teams.


Attendance is crucial to understanding the material, since lectures build on previously learned material. Each session assumes you know the material covered in the previous classes and reading assignments. Some material will be difficult to learn if you missed previous material. You are responsible for material covered in the classes you missed and should come prepared for any announced examinations and/or quizzes on material assigned to date.

If you stop coming to class and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The last day to withdraw without instructor permission is mid-term. After this date you will need to have a form signed by your instructor.

If for any reason I cannot make it to class or if it appears I will be more than 30 minutes late to class, I will try to make arrangements for a substitute or messenger to so notify the class. In the absence of notification to the contrary, students are to assume I will not be more than 30 minutes late and refrain from dismissing themselves before that time.


Students are expected to be familiar with the college policies covered in the COD Catalog.Grades of "W" withdraw and/or "I" Incomplete are available as per COD policies. Incompletes must be taken care of within 3 weeks of the end of the quarter.


Any violations of College of DuPage policies regarding academic honesty and/or integrity will be referred automatically to the appropriate College authorities for disposition. See appropriate pages in the college catalog for definitions and regulations. A brief note on cheating. I wonít insult or bore you with a lecture on morals. The policy in my classes is very simple: IF I CATCH SOMEONE CHEATING, THEY FAIL THE COURSE. Make sure you review the college policy in your college catalog.

General Note:

In order to achieve the course objectives, it is erssential that you enjoy the class in addition to comjplying with the above requirements and the rules and policies of College of DuPage contained in the catalogand other College materials. If you are having course/College related problems, please feel free to talk to me so that we can resolve them to your satisfaction and benefit.



Your final grade in this course will be based on a percentage of the total number of points earned during the quarter. A total of 380 points is possible.

The course will be graded as follows:
6 assignments @ 20 points each 120 points
3 tests @ 100 points each 300 points
A - 90% 378 - 420
B - 80% 336 - 377
C - 70% 294 - 335
D - 60% 252 - 293
F - less than 60% less than 252

The student may also choose to be evaluated on the basis of an S/F grade in accordance with college policy, provided arrangements have been made with the instructor by mid-quarter.


Tests will be given on dates shown in the Semester Schedule. Missed tests must be made up before the next class meeting. You must call the instructor to arrange for a make-up test.

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