FALL 2011



1.    Instructor Information:

Name                                Mr. Charles Kwiatkowski


E-mail address        


Office hours                      Monday           3:45 – 5:15

                                          Tuesday          3:45 – 5:15

                                          Wednesday     3:45 – 5:15

                                          Thursday         3:45 – 5:15

                                          Friday              By Appointment Only


Contact information          Charles Kwiatkowski

                                          A Building, Room 330


                                          815 North Orlando Smith Road

                                          Oglesby, IL 61348

                                          +1 (815) 408 0876


2.    Course description

An introduction to the MS-DOS operating system. Topics covered include: directories, files, copying files and disks, erasing files, formatting disks, and hard disk management.  A tutorial type of text is used. CSO 1201 may not be taken after CSO 1200 and count towards the same degree or certificate. Lecture, one hour per week.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 2


3.    Course Meeting Times

None. This is an independent study course. However, this is not a self-paced course. Assignments and exams MUST be completed by the due dates detailed at the end of this syllabus,


4.    Expected learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Explain the basic functions of a computer and how it works.

2. Use the directory command

3. Format a disk and describe the structure of a disk

4. Explain and use logical file management on a disk.

5. Copy, rename, and erase files on a disk.

6. Use DOSKEY and a text editor in the disk operating system.

7. Describe and create basic batch files including CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT


5.    Disability statement :

You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability.  If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact

Tina Hardy at (, 224-0284) or Judy Mika or 224-0350)

or stop by office B-204.



6.    Attendance Policy

None. This is an independent study course. However, this is not a self-paced course. Assignments and exams MUST be completed by the due dates detailed at the end of this syllabus

Failure to keep up and submit homework and exams will result in removal from the course.


7.    Assessment of student learning.

            Student learning will be assessed by in-class questions, homework and exams.    


8.    Grading:  The grading of the course will fall into 2 categories:



This is where you will develop and apply your knowledge relevant to the topic. There shall be about 1 homework per chapter. Homework will consist of hands-on work, and short answer questions. Each chapter's combined work shall typically be worth anywhere from 20 to 40 points depending on the number of questions.


Final Exam

Based on the Homework. It shall be worth about 100 points. You must receive a passing grade on the final exam to pass the class.


Final grade by percentage of possible points

90-100% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

< 60%   F

Note: Grades are not rounded up or down. Example: if you end up with an overall course grade of 89.99%, you have earned a B.


9.    Withdrawal policy

According to IVCC, you may withdraw from this course with instructor permission.

You may withdraw from this course for any reason you like. I shall not shame you nor chide you for dropping the course, but I may inquire why. The only exception for this rule shall be for people who have left their lab partner "hanging". This applies only to classes with labs using lab partners. 

Note: Just because you stop showing up for class does not grant you a grade of I (incomplete) or W (withdrawn). You must promptly contact me in order to receive a grade of I or W.


Effective Summer 2011, students have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within WebAdvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.

Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student. More detailed information is available at and selecting the menu item for Withdrawals on the left side of the page.


Personal advice: Education is not a race. There is no shame in strategic retreat. Drop the class in which you are performing the worst in, not the one you like the least. Always aim to keep your grade point average high as it will take you farther than how long it took you to complete your degree/certificate/program.


10.  Cell phone and text messaging policy.

Calculators, Laptop PCs, Cell Phones, iPods, and other electronic devices are not allowed during exams and quizzes unless otherwise specified. Failure to comply with these rules will result in ejection from the exam and a grade of F for the exam.


11.  Financial aid statement

Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid.  Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.


12.  Plagiarism statement/academic honesty

Policies regarding cheating may be found under the heading of “Academic Integrity” in the IVCC Student Handbook.  Students should become familiar with these policies and are REQUIRED to abide by them. 

Furthermore, don't even think about cheating. Cheating is not tolerated at all.  Although I encourage you to collaborate and discuss ideas and concepts from this class with others, you are responsible for your own work. A common example of cheating is when several students work together on an assignment, typically short-answer questions, and submit answers as a group without EACH individual working on his/her own individual answer.

Another common example of dishonesty is Googling short-answer questions to find answers. This is not an exercise in learning. It is cheating and laziness, pure and simple. The bulk of the answers may be found in the text. Others you should have from TAKING NOTES during lecture. Be warned that I rewrite questions for the exams in order to catch people who simply Google for answers. You WILL be sorry.


When you cheat, you insult my intelligence.


13.  Any classroom rules

Not relevant. This is an independent study course.


14.  Outline of assignments for the semester

            There shall be approximately 12 assignments, 1 per chapter.

            Each chapter's assignment shall normally contain:

·         Short answer (True/False, Multiple Choice, etc.) questions

·         Hands-On work



15.  Hints on how to be successful in the course

·         Read the book before lecture.

·         After reading the book, pay attention during lecture. If you still don't understand, ask a question,

·         Do as much work as possible in the lab as possible, because if you have a problem, I am right there to help.

·         Start homework early and keep working until 100% complete. It is IMPOSSIBLE to accurately predict how much debugging is necessary. Waiting until shortly before the assignment is due is a recipe for failure.


This course can be challenging even for those who take it in a normal classroom environment. When going through the chapter and typing in commands, if you do not see the results the book expects, YOU NEED TO DETERMINE WHY. This means you will need to use the skills you learned previously to determine what the problem is. Often, but not always, this is because of a mistyped command. My advice is to go back a few steps and verify that those steps executed correctly. If you are unable to solve the problem, come to me for help. Note: waiting until shortly before the assignment is due to start is a recipe for disaster. Start early, and keep working until you are done.


16.  Required text and materials


As these materials are required, they should be covered by Financial Aid.


Windows XP Command Line

Gillay and Peat

ISBN 1-887902-82-1


2 Flash Drives. This will be furnished by the bookstore when you purchase your text. Contact me if you do not receive them.


17.   Important Semester Dates


August 16 (T)

In-service for Faculty

August 17 (W)


August 30 (T)

Last day for refund for 16 week classes

August 31 (W)

New Student Convocation

September 5 (M)

Labor Day (College closed)

October 3 (M)

Deadline to Apply for Fall Graduation

October 7 (F)

Faculty Development Day (College closed)

October 13 (R)

MIDTERM (Last day for first 8-week classes)

October 14 (F)

Fall Break (College closed)

November 1 (T)

Online registration begins for Spring

November 2 (W)

In-person registration begins for Spring

November 3 (R)

Phone/fax/mail registration begins for Spring

November 8 (T)

Last day for student withdrawal for 16 week classes

November 11 (F)

Veteran’s Day (College closed)

November 23, 24, 25 (WRF)

Thanksgiving Break (College closed)

November 28 (M)

Classes resume

December 20 (T)

Final Grades due in Records Office at 10 am

Semester Ends

December 16 (F)

Student Break begins




18.  Topic Schedule and Due Dates


Due Date


Friday, August 26, 2011

Chapter 1:  Getting Started with the Operating System

Friday, September 02, 2011

Chapter 2:  Command Syntax; Using the DIR Command with Parameters and Wildcards

Friday, September 09, 2011

Chapter 3: Disks and Formatting.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chapter 4:  Program Files, Data Files, and Subdirectories

Friday, September 23, 2011

Chapter 5:  Internal Commands COPY and TYPE

Friday, September 30, 2011

Chapter 6:  Using DEL, DELTREE, RENAME, and MOVE

Friday, October 07, 2011

Chapter 7:  ATTRIB, SUBST, XCOPY, DOSKEY, and the MS-DOS Text Editor.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Chapter 8:  Organizing and Managing Your Hard Disk

Friday, October 21, 2011

Chapter 9: Pipes, Filters, and Redirection

Friday, October 28, 2011

Chapter 9: Pipes, Filters, and Redirection

Friday, November 04, 2011

Chapter 10:  Introduction to Batch Files.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chapter 11: Advanced Batch Files

Friday, November 18, 2011

Chapter 13: File and Disk Maintenance

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Break - No Assignment

Friday, December 02, 2011

Final Exam