First Advisor

Vieira, Paul

Second Advisor

Gerber, Joseph


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

86 pages


Using Microsoft's Virtual PC software product as a virtual technology in the implementation of Network Specialist curriculum allows increased versatility and considerable hardware cost savings. Rather than purchasing individual computers or removable hard drives, using boot manager programs, or simulation software (including Computer Based Training programs), for student use in learning the administration of an operating system, one computer with hard drive, sufficient processor power, and RAM can be used to implement the effective hands-on learning approach of plan, implement and test, and then review. In addition, this software allows a non-dedicated (production) computer lab to be used. This is in contrast to a lab dedicated to the support of networking curriculum, as is typically done because of the fundamental testing involved including operating system rebuilds and service manipulation. The successful result of this project is a curriculum including deliverables (student assessment guidelines, worksheets, and competency task list, and instructor procedures) that use Microsoft's Virtual PC software, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. These software products will be used, and are currently being used, to demonstrate a subset of the tasks and competencies required for Mid-State Technical College's Network Specialist program course Network Administration-Intermediate.

Date of Award

Summer 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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