Course Title: Operating Systems Administration

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Operating Systems Administration

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Leo Ciavarella

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4711

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.5.36

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Basic understanding of an Operating System and basic principles of Networking.

Course Description

The course provides a practical introduction to windows server 2012 and R2. During the course you will be learning how to implement different types of servers, configure Hyper-V, Powershell, Active Directory, group policy, manage server images and files services with disk encryption.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes for AD006 Associate Degree in Information Technology:
• Enabling Knowledge
• Critical Analysis
• Problem Solving
• Communications
• Responsibility

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Install and configure windows server 2012 and core with its application in a virtual environment
2. Distinguish between the different roles and features in windows Server 2012 and implementation
3. Outline the key features and functions of Hyper-V.
4. Explain the role of PowerShell and its applications
5. Install and configure Active Directory, DNS and other applications
6. Create and manage Group Policy objects and deploy images.

Overview of Learning Activities

The primary learning activities will be laboratory work and theory.
The laboratory work is devoted to learning and navigating a windows server environment.
You will be given a series of lab exercises to be completed during the semester on how to navigate a Windows Server and test those applications that you deployed.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources are located on myRMIT, also known as Blackboard. The computer science subject guide is located at and can provide useful references to further augment your studies.

There is no recommended text book, however, visit for further information.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Practical Skills Test

Total weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

Skill Test 1 - 15% (This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 2)

Skill Test 2 - 15% (This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 4)

Skill Test 3 - 20% (This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 6)

Assessment 3: Final Online Exam 

Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 6