ITI555 Operating System Essentials (8)

This is an introductory subject which creates a foundation for the rest of the Masters program. The subject is designed to provide an overview of operating system concepts and how they are implemented in Microsoft Windows 2003 Server. It will provide students with the knowledge necessary to understand and identify the tasks involved in supporting Windows 2003 networks. Students will be prepared for implementing and maintaining enterprise networks that also include client operating systems such as Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP. The subject goes into detail about installing, configuring and managing client and server operating systems. It will also teach students how to manage and maintain physical and logical devices; manage users, computers and groups; manage and maintain access to resources and the server environment; and implement disaster recovery.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in:
Master of Networking and Systems Administration
Master of Information Systems Security
Master of Management (IT) - MMgtInfoTech
Graduate Certificate in Management (IT) - GradCertMgtInfoTech



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

- be able to install Windows XP Professional and Windows 2003 Server and upgrade to Windows XP Professional & Windows 2003 Server;
- be able to automate an installation of Windows XP Professional by using answer files and uniqueness database files (UDFs), or by using the Microsoft Windows 2003 system preparation tool;
- be able to configure and manage hardware on a computer running Windows XP Professional and Windows 2003 Server;
- be able to manage disks;
- be able to configure and manage file systems;
- be able to troubleshoot the boot process and other system issues;
- be able to configure the desktop environment, and use profiles to control desktop customization;
- be able to configure and support transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP);
- be able to configure OS to operate on Windows networks;
- be able to support remote users;
- be able to configure systems for mobile computing;
- be able to monitor resources and performance;
- be able to prepare to administer server resources;
- be able to create and populate organization units;
- be able to implement group policy;
- be able to configure a server to monitor system performance;
- be able to monitor system performance;
- be able to manage device drivers by configuring device driver signing and restoring a device driver;
- be able to manage data storage;
- be able to implement and manage printing;
- be able to manage disaster recovery; and
- be able to maintain software by using Microsoft software update services.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Based on Microsoft MCSE Certificate Curriculum


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.