Course Title: Unix Essentials for System Administrators

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Unix Essentials for System Administrators

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dalija Beganovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4664

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 51.6.03

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Please be aware that this course forms part of AD006 (Associate Degree in Information Technology) and is not part of the BP162 (Bachelor of Information Technology) study plan. Also, it will follow the Vocational Education calendar dates and not the Higher Ed semester dates which means that classes will start 3 weeks earlier. The timetable is published under the Vocational Education timetable link and is not available on STS. If you enrol in this course as an elective please check with your program coordinator before commencement as this is not a bachelor course.

Course Description

This course is designed as a hands-on introductory course on UNIX (and UNIX-like) System Administration. It is designed particularly for use with the UNIX operating system, but much of it applies to Linux systems as well.

The course covers the basic and frequently used UNIX/Linux commands and introduces important concepts in security and managing your computing environment from the system administration point of view. In addition, you will become proficient in text editing, shell scripting, inter-process communication using pipes, redirection, file processing, and common configuration and troubleshooting procedures.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD006 Associate Degree in Information Technology:
• Enabling Knowledge
• Critical Analysis
• Problem Solving

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Select common UNIX commands to solve real-world problems.
2. Design and implement common system automation tasks using shell scripts.
3. Perform routine system administration tasks, such as user account management, and system monitoring.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced UNIX file processing.
5. Apply knowledge of system security and data backups in an UNIX environment.
6. Apply the UNIX philosophy to the design of programs and systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory exercises.
• The lectures will be devoted to presentation of new material, and will discuss the topics presented in the course.
• The Tutorial/Laboratory sessions will provide you with hands-on experience in using UNIX/Linux operating systems.

In addition to the specifically laboratory type work, a series of questions will be provided to reinforce the key concepts from the lectures.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will make extensive use of computer laboratories and relevant software provided by the School. You will be able to access course information and learning materials through MyRMIT (also known as Blackboard) and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class or via email. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

The computer science subject guide is located at and can provide useful references to further augment your studies.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

To pass this course you must achieve a total score of at least 50%.

Early Assessment Task: Lab Exercise 1
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Lab Exercises
Note: This assessment task consists of five lab exercises
Weighting 25 %
This assessment task supports CLOs 2-6

Assessment Task 3: Practical Examination
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 4: Final Examination
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-6