Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate
A dominant player in the personal computer market, Microsoft has approximately 89 percent of the market share of client operating systems.* Our Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate program could help prepare you to pursue an entry-level position working with a variety of Microsoft operating systems.†
Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights
The Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to:
- Study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the IT field.
- Explore PC configuration and maintenance, desktop administration, network administration, and Active Directory configuration.
- Examine Microsoft operating systems.
Prepare for Certification
With this certificate, you may be eligible to take various Microsoft certification exams.‡
Higher Education at the Highest Standards
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What are the Career Opportunities?
This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to seek entry-level employment working in the field of Microsoft operating systems administration.†
Prepare for Future Studies
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.
Curriculum: All Tracks
- Certificate Requirements
Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 26
Total Program Credits: 26
- IT 190: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS Change
You will explore concepts of information technology including hardware, software, and networks. You will also gain a practical understanding of how computer hardware and operating systems work. Topics include personal computer configuration and maintenance, along with the essentials of system software installation and administration.
Having a foundational understanding of computers and computer concepts is imperative to today's information technology (IT) professional. Whether you have chosen to pursue a career in programming, health informatics, web design, networking, etc., understanding how a computer works both inside and out will prepare you for a successful career in IT.
In this course, you will learn some of the fundamentals of computers. Possible topics include:
- How society is affected and changed by computers
- How a computer operates; binary code, operating systems, different applications
- Hardware that makes up a computer and how the different computer specifications may affect your choices
- How computers communicate and the hardware and software required to network computers together
- Different types of networks and how to protect those networks from both physical and logical failure
- Ethical issues that affect computer users every day
Computer literacy is a required skill for competing in today's work force. It provides a foundation for any computer related career from accounting to networking. Having the fundamental skills required to use computers is just the first step in developing a successful future.
- IT 261: DESKTOP ADMINISTRATION Change
This course prepares networking students to install, configure, and administer a desktop operating system. You will learn to automate operating system installation, set up and manage user accounts, and configure local file systems. You will learn to configure and troubleshoot both local and network printers, manage and troubleshoot access to shared folders, and recover from system failures.
In this course, students will have the opportunity to set up and manage user accounts, troubleshoot system failures, and set up desktop operating systems.
Some important skill sets to which learners will be exposed in the desktop administrations course include:
- The basics of desktop administration
- How to troubleshoot local and network printers
- How to manage and troubleshoot access to shared folders
- How to recover from system failures
- How to set up and manage user accounts
- How to back up system and user files
Students are required to take a screen capture of the Action Center. The students are required to describe how they would configure each of the settings for a Windows 7 Professional Edition computer attached to a company network. Students are required to detail how to back up system files and user files.
After learning the basics of desktop administration, it is important to continue to develop your skill set. Students can take advanced courses in networking.
- IT 273: NETWORKING CONCEPTS Change
This course introduces the concepts behind today’s networks. It outlines current network design, explaining the OSI Model and the methods of carrying data over wired and wireless media. Other topics include network design components, such as topologies and access methods, administration of network operating systems, and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery.
In this program you will learn the principles and terminology of network administration as you prepare for a career in a variety of entry-level positions in network technology and administration.* You will be provided with the skill sets needed to analyze, design, and evaluate network hardware and software solutions.
* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
A key part of the course assignment is your ability to use a drawing tool called Microsoft Visio. Throughout the course, you will be tasked with developing Microsoft Visio diagrams of computer networks. A quick way to pick up how to use this tool is to watch the following 10 minute YouTube video.
How to Use Microsoft Visio: A Basic Overview (10 minutes)
The skills from this course will help you determine what area of computer networking you may be interested in seeking certifications in addition to your degree. While a degree opens up many doors, employers also look at certifications in addition to your degree.†
† Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.
- IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION Change
In many organizations, the network administrator is the wizard behind the curtain. Network connections between users and computers seem to magically perform the transmissions required for daily operations. In this course, you are introduced to basic network administration. You install and configure a network operating system in a virtualized environment and practice administrative tasks. You perform hands-on exercises demonstrating server management, user account creation, file access, storage backup, and security settings.
- IT 375: WINDOWS ENTERPRISE ADMINISTRATION Change
This advanced course in Microsoft Windows enterprise administration prepares you to install, configure, and manage key network services and Active Directory. You will perform administrative tasks such as network service installation and configuration; Active Directory installation; Group Policy design and configuration; and network and Active Directory security configuration. You will learn the theory behind Active Directory design and operation; and complete hands-on labs and projects that develop the skills needed for real-world settings.
- IT 190: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS Change
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* Operating System Market Share, Net Applications, November 2017, on the Internet at http://marketshare.hitslink.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=8.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.