Course Title: Administer and configure a network operating system

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: COSC5777C

Course Title: Administer and configure a network operating system

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5152 - Diploma of Technology (Computing)

Course Contact: Dalija Beganovic

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4664

Course Contact Email: dalija.beganovic@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

School of Life & Physical Sciences Reception
RMIT Building 51, Level 6
Phone: +61 3 9925 4932

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to set up and use administrative tools to manage a network and create the network configuration required by client.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAITS120B Administer and configure a network operating system

Element:

Create an interface with existing system

Performance Criteria:

 

Element:

Manage user services

Performance Criteria:

 

Element:

Monitor user accounts

Performance Criteria:

 

Element:

Provide and support back-up security

Performance Criteria:

 

Element:

Review network policies

Performance Criteria:

 

Element:

Set up and manage the network file system

Performance Criteria:

 


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Students will improve their knowledge and skills in Administer and configure a network operating systems through theory and laboratory sessions.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.


Teaching Schedule

Week beginning and topic covered

Theory

Practical

Assessment Tasks

Week 1

Course Introduction
·         Course Overview
·         Introduction to Operating Systems (Windows, Unix, Linux)
·         A Brief History of the UNIX and Linux Operating Systems
  
Week 2

Getting Started


·         Logging into Unix/Linux
·         The Unix/Linux Desktop Environment
·         Working with files and directories
·         Configuring Unix / Linux Environment
·         System shutdown
Class Exercises: Using Unix/Linux Commands




 
Week 3
Directory and File Management


·         Creating and Editing Files
·         Directory and File management Using:
o        The Command Line
o        CDE
o        Gnome
Class Exercises: Text Editors




Lab1 (5%): Directory and File Management




Week 4
Process Management

·         Processes
·         Process Information
·         Producer / Consumer Problem
·         CPU Scheduling
Class Exercises: CPU Scheduling



 
Week 5

Storage Management
·         Memory Management
·         Virtual Memory

Class Exercises: Memory Management


 
Week 6
File Security
·         Working with Unix/Linux File Permissions
·         File System Permissions



Lab2 (5%):
File System Permissions
Week 7

System Maintenance
·         Managing Devices
·         File System Management
·         Backups
 Assignment Due (10%)


Week 8
Revision
·         Mid-semester exam revision


 Mid-semester Exam (25%)



Semester break
  
Week 9

Working with Shells and System Variables
·         Writing Basic Scripts
·         Running Scripts and Programs

Class Exercises: Writing Basic Scripts


 
Week 10
Basic NOS Administration
·         Basic Administration
·         User Services
·         Network Connectivity
 Lab3 (5%):
Basic Administration

Week 11

Administering Users and Groups

·         List User Accounts
·         Create User Accounts
·         Change User Accounts
·         Delete User Accounts
Class Exercises:
Administering Users and Groups


 
Week 12

Advanced NOS Administration
·         Drive Mapping
·         Monitoring Resources
·         Analyzing and Optimizing Network Performance
 Lab4 (5%): Advanced Administration


Week 13
Administering Services

·         Managing Remote Access
·         Sharing Files with Unix System
·         Administering Mail
·         FTP Administration
Class Exercises:
Administering Services


 
Week 14
Protection and Security
·         Developing a Network Security Policy
·         Threats to Network Security
·         Implementing Security Measures
  
Week 15

Troubleshooting
·         Troubleshooting


 Lab 5 (5%): Troubleshooting
Project Due (15%): Administer and Configure a Network Operating System

Week 16

Revision
·         Final exam revision


  
Week 17

·         Examination/Assessment period




 Final Exam (25%)





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Course Notes


References

Operating System Concepts – 7th Edition, Abraham Silberschatz & Peter Galvin, Hoboken, NJ :J. Wiley & Sons,c2005.

Solaris 10: the Complete Reference, Watters, Paul A., McGraw-Hill/Osbourne, c2005

Unix Shells by Example – 4th Edition, Ellie Quigley, Pearson Education Inc., c2005


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

The student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises, presentations and practical tests. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment will consist of Labs & Quizzes , Two Projects, and Two Tests.


Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks are shown, week by week, in the table above.
Marking scheme:
• Assignment – 10%
• Project – 15%
• 5 Labs – 25%
• Mid-Semester Exam – 25%
• Final Exam – 25%

There will be two forms of assessment. The first will provide the students with a “Competent” or “Not Yet Competent” result. The second will provide the students with a numerical grade.

Note: All parts of the assessment must be satisfactorily completed to complete the course.

“Competent” (CA) or “Not Yet Competent” (NYC) Result
To achieve a merit (Competent) in each of competencies, a candidate must demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance.

All the tasks listed below are to be completed to a satisfactory level.

1. Theoretical knowledge (Final Exam, Mid-semester Test, Assignment)
You need to pass all the above assessments satisfactory (score of 50% or better).

2. Labs
There will be a series of labs throughout the course. You MUST complete all labs.

3. Project
A practical assessment at the end of the course that measures lab techniques and knowledge. You MUST complete the Project.

RMIT Numerical Grading
< 50 % NN
50 – 59 PA
60 – 69 CR
70 – 79 DI
80 – 100 HD


Assessment Matrix

A student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including class exercises, quizzes, written tests, and practical exercises. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Other Information

Students are advised to access the RMIT University web at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students for a range of useful information relating to their studies at RMIT. Such information includes:
• Generic statement of student rights and responsibilities
• Links to the Learning Support Unit & other support (eg counselling, disability, etc)
• Link to the Student Union web site
• Link to the Student Policy web site

ICT access. To successfully participate in the activities of this course students require access to:
• Computers
• The Internet for the purpose of collecting information
• RMIT student email for the purpose of communicating with staff and students within the course.
RMIT student/staff email is the official medium of formal communication between RMIT staff and students.
• RMIT staff will only accept email communication through the official email medium
• UNIX account (“minke”)

Special Consideration
Any student who, because of illness or other circumstances beyond their control, has been prevented from any form of assessment or whose performance in a test was affected, by illness or other circumstances beyond their control, may apply for special consideration. This must be done within 48 hours of the missed assessment/assignment by lodging the appropriate form with medical certificate or other supporting documentation with the School administration office.

Note: It is the policy of the School of Life and Physical Sciences NOT to AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDE EXTENSIONS for ASSESSMENT SUBMISSION or SUPPLEMENTARY OR DEFERRED EXAMS/TESTS. You will be advised on the outcome of your application for Special Consideration.



Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competence
If you have already gained skills and knowledge relevant to this course through previous study, work experience or general life experience you may be eligible to have your learning recognised. General information and the University’s policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer can be accessed at http://www.rmit.edu.au/course-admin/operating-procedures. (You will need to be logged in to view these documents).
Students should check the ‘Advanced Diploma of Computer Science’ website for details.

Presentation of Work.
Word processed presentation of written assessment tasks is required, except where specifically exempted as part of the assessment task specification. Comprehensive assessment task specifications will be issued separately on commencement of the course.

University Plagiarism Statement
Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral, written or visual presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct, which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarised by another student. Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material.

Feedback/Evaluation Forms
Course evaluation forms will provide students with the opportunity to give feedback on the learning and assessment experience.

Occupational Health and Safety.
Students are required to participate in the OH&S induction program for this course and at all times follow the occupational health and safety policies and procedures demonstrating appropriate behaviours to ensure the safety of self and others.

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