Module Outline

Windows Vista

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete the Network Administration program at Oulton College will leave the course with the ability to successfully build and deploy computer systems in a networked environment.  Students will become well-versed in the deployment and configuration of Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  Students will learn how to setup a computer network and provide the services necessary to maximize the user experience.  Students will possess the troubleshooting skills necessary to identify system and network failures and remedy them.  Focus will also be given to taking the proper steps necessary to secure a computer system and a computer network.

Module Description:

Students will develop the skills necessary to configure Microsoft Windows Vista  for optimal performance on the desktop including installing, managing and configuring the new security, network and application features in Windows Vista.

This module is designed to help prepare students to become a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) for Configuring a Windows Vista Client.  Students can achieve MCTS certification by completing Microsoft exam 070-620 at an authorized testing center.

This module is five weeks in duration and is equivalent to 150 class hours.

Instructor:            James Jackson


Telephone:  (506) 858-9696 (extension 276 for voicemail ; extension 228 for office)

Module Website:

Marking Outline:

The mark for Windows Vista is comprised of the following:

Theory Tests/Quizzes             20%
Practical Tests                         20%
Lab Notebook                          10%
Assignments & Projects           15%
Final Exam                               25%
Classroom Participation           10%
Texts Used:     

  • Microsoft Official Academic Course:  Windows Vista Configuration by Craig Zacker
  • Microsoft Official Academic Course:  Windows Vista Configuration Lab Manual by Craig Zacker


  • Tests are prescheduled evaluations of a student’s progress, students will be given at least 24 hours notice of an upcoming test.  Students will receive a tentative schedule of tests on the first day of the module.  Tests may be rescheduled at the instructor’s discretion.
  • Quizzes are unscheduled evaluations of a student’s progress; students will be given no warning of an upcoming quiz.

.Lab Activities:           

  • Lab activities are assigned to reinforce the concepts covered during lecture and to allow students to learn the practical application to the material taught.  Lab activities may contain written components which are evaluated and/or physical tasks that must be demonstrated for evaluation.


  • Assignments are given to allow students to have extra time, outside of class, to work with and better understand the material covered.  Throughout the module, students will receive various assignments.  Unless otherwise instructed, assignments are to be done outside of class time.
  • Assignments are due before the first period of instruction on the day specified by the instructor.  Any assignment that is not in the instructor’s possession at the start of the first period on the date specified will not be eligible for full credit.  The instructor will deduct 10% from the assignment per day the assignment is late.  After three days, no credit will be given for the assignment.

Final Examination:  

  • The final examination will be scheduled for the last day of the module.  The final examination will contain material from the entire module.  The final examination is tentatively scheduled for December 16.

Possible Topics:

  • Evaluating hardware requirements
  • Installing Windows Vista
  • Vista User Interface Changes
  • UAC (User Account Control) 
  • Windows Aero    
  • Disk management       
  • NTFS permissions    
  • Sharing files and folders       
  • Backup   
  • Users and Groups       
  • Local Security Policy    
  • Printing       
  • Device drivers    
  • Windows Vista Networking       
  • IPv6    
  • Windows Defender       
  • Windows Firewall    
  • Automatic Updates       
  • Mobile computing with Windows Vista    
  • Internet Explorer 7       
  • Windows Mail    
  • Windows Meeting Space       
  • Windows Calendar    
  • Monitoring Windows Vista       
  • Troubleshooting Windows Vista    
  • Remote Desktop vs. Remote Assistance    


  • Class hours will be as follows for this module (this revised schedule only applies to this module, other modules will have their own timetable):
    • Period 1:  8:50 – 9:50
    •  Period 2:  10:00 – 11:00
    • Period 3:  11:10 – 12:10
    • Period 4:  1:00 – 2:00
    • Period 5:  2:10 – 3:10
    • Period 6:  3:20 – 4:20

Extra Help:               

  • Every Friday, there are no classes at Oulton College.  Students are invited to use this day for extra help.  Instructors will be available for extra help sessions between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  Students should make an appointment with the instructor beforehand if you plan on coming for extra help.  Appointments can be made in person or through email.  From time to time, at the discretion of the instructor, students may be required to attend extra help sessions and/or evaluations on Friday mornings.