Course Title: Install and administer Unix based computers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: ISYS5671C

Course Title: Install and administer Unix based computers

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6084 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Noor Sateh PHONE: +613 99254013 

Nominal Hours: 80

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 required

Course Description

This unit covers the installation and administration of UNIX based and networked computers. It encompasses safe working practices, performing basic UNIX, Linux or Mac OSX operating system installation, administration functions of logging in and out, setting up GUI applications, manipulating text files, creating and searching files and directories, changing permissions, using text editors, identifying and modifying initialization files, streamlining command, execution using shell features, using basic network commands and documenting all administration activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED013B Install and administer Unix based computers


1 Prepare to install, upgrade and maintain network operations.

2 Install, upgrade and maintain Unix-based computers and network operations

3 Document network administration activities

Performance Criteria:

 1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.

1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.

1.3 The nature of the administration work is established from network specifications and in consultation with appropriate person(s).

1.4 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved in the work.

1.5 Unix system variants, versions and updates needed to maintain the computers and networks are
identified and obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked against job requirements.

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.

2.2 Unix operating system is installed upgraded and configured on computers and servers in ccordance
with developer’s instructions and network requirements.

2.3 Devices and drivers, desktop environment, network protocols and services and system security are
implemented in accordance with requirements.

2.4 Access to resources is configured within the limitations specified for each users.

2.5 Unix-based network malfunctions are identified and rectified using logical techniques and drawing
knowledge of devices and drivers, storage, basic network protocols, connections and services and system security configuration processes.

2.6 Network performance and reliability is monitored and optimised in accordance with established

2.7 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified ork

2.8 Unix-based network administration is carried out efficiently without waste of materials and energy or
damage to apparatus, the surrounding environment or other services.

3.1 Written justification is produced for network upgrading and maintenance and appropriate person(s) notified in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

1 Prepare to install, upgrade and maintain network operations.

2 Install, upgrade and maintain Unix-based computers and network operations

3 Document network administration activities

Details of Learning Activities

In this unit you will learn about Linux. Linux is an operating system that may be used both on individual desktop computers and networked systems. Linux is open source which means that you have access to the source code such that you may both amend and extend it according to your purpose. One of the major attractions of Linux operating systems is that they are either free or available at a nominal cost. Linux has become a major competitor to commercially available operating systems.

Classroom tutorial activities:
Lectures: to introduce the important concepts.
• Attending lectures will make it much easier for you to understand the central concepts of the course
• You will feel more comfortable and you will learn more if you read the relevant material before you attend the lectures

Tutorials: to enable you to ask questions and to clarify unresolved issues
• Review the material and prepare your questions before you come to class
• There will be an overview of course content with a focus on the material students find difficult
• If something is unclear or if you find yourself falling behind please ask for help immediately
• You may be given worksheets to complete during the tutorial

Practical exercises: to give you the hands on experience of implementing and troubleshooting Linux based systems
• You will perform the exercise and write it up in a lab journal
• The lab journal will be a bound exercise book
o Loose leaf binders will not be accepted
• The write up will be a record of your actions as they are performed and your corresponding observations
• The write up must be performed in the lab as you perform the practical exercise, not at a later date
o Write ups not in the lab journal will not be marked
o Write ups which are not done concurrently with the performance of the practical exercise will not be marked
• In general the detail of the write up must be sufficient for you to be able to comfortably perform the practical exercise a year or more later directly from the lab journal
• Any difficult or tricky points should be especially noted in the lab journal for future reference
• Responses to worksheets for practical exercises must be written up in the lab journal
• The neatness, completeness and the presentation of the lab journal must be of a quality such that you would be prepared to show it to a future employer as an example of your work

Work simulated activities: you will be working scenarios involving Both individual and networked computers as you would be expected to do in industry.

Test and exams:
There will be a written and a practical exam at the end of each semester

Occupational Health and Safety:
Conduct in lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories will be of a standard required by OH&S legislation as applied to industry.
• You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Covered shoes must be worn in all labs
o Thongs and sandals must not be worn in any lab

Preparation for the Work place:
All skills and knowledge in this course are oriented towards current industry practices and technologies. An essential industry expectation is that you are responsible for your behaviour and actions. When you are in employment you will be expected to attend work on time on a regular basis, perform you work on time to an accepted standard and be responsible for what you do. Industry will expect you to comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions. All industry expectations will applied to you in this course. You will be expected to:
• Observe all Occupational Health and Safety requirements
o You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Prepare for classes
• Attend all classes regularly and on time
• Use your class time in a productive and responsible way
• Finish your work on time to an accepted standard
• Pay attention to, comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions.
o It is your personal responsibility to be aware of course requirements and timelines
o Please ask if something is not clear

The Preparation for the Workplace component will be an essential part of the assessment for this course. It will be included in the assessment of the practical and work simulated activities.

Activities Outside of Class:
It is expected that students allocate at least 60% of course hours for reading, independent study, project research, design, implementation, testing and problem solving activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Overview of course, assessment, assessible item start and end times, assessment criteria. Overview of Operating Systems
Week 2: Overview of UNIX / Linux Operating Systems - Lab1 Directory Navigation
Week 3: Installation Procedures; software modules - Lab2 File Manipulation
Week 4: Installation Procedures; hardware and device drivers - Lab3 Users and Groups
Week 5: User Environments: Command line and GUI - Lab4 Resource Usage Searching Scripts and Databases
Week 6: File System - Lab5 Review of Commands - Lab6 Runlevels Archiving&Compression
Week 7: Directory Navigation - Lab7 System Admin using GNOME
Week 8: File Creation and Manipulation - Lab8 System Admin using GNOME-II
Week 9: Command Line Text Editor - Lab9 Applications
Week 10: Implementing Users and Groups - Lab10 Practice Test 1
Week 11: Resource Usage, Halting and Rebooting - Lab10 Practice Test1
Week 12: Searching - Lab11 Halting & Rebooting
Week 13: Scripts - Lab12 Common System Commands
Week 14: Databases - Lab13 You Write Exam
Week 15: Run levels and Archiving - Lab14 Employer Scenario
Week 16: Revision
Week 17: Lab test 1
Week 18: Lab test 1
Week 19: Presentations
Week 20: Presentations
Week 21: Presentations
Week 22: Presentations
Week 23: GUI Environment and Administration - Lab15 Intro to IP Networking
Week 24: Applications - Lab16 Installation of Unix OS
Week 25: Network Features and TCP/IP Networking - Lab17 IP Networking-ARP-Telnet-SSH
Week 26: Administration of DNS server - Lab18 FTP
Week 27: Administration of Email Server - Lab19 Samba
Week 28: Administration of DHCP server - Lab20 Firewall
Week 29: Administration of Apache server - Lab21 DHCP
Week 30: Administration of Samba server - Lab22 HTTP
Week 31: Network Security - Lab23 DNS
Week 32: Administration of Firewall - Lab24 Training Scenario1
Week 33: Troubleshooting Linux Networks - Lab25 Training Scenario2
Week 34: Revision
Week 36: Lab test 2
Week 36: Lab test 2
Week 37: Final exam
Week 38: Finalisation and review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

OpenSUSE 11.0 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Bible [electronic resource] / Roger Whittaker and Justin Davies. August 2008
eBook aailable from the RMIT University library.


Collings T., Wall K. 2005
Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration 3rd edition
Wiley, Indianapolis, IN.

Bauts T., Dawson T., Purdy G. 2005
Linux Network Administrator’s Guide
O’Reilly. Beijing

Suehring S., Ziegler, R. 2006
Linux Firewalls
Novell Press. Indianapolis, Ind

Komar B., Beekelar R.,Wettern J. 2003
Firewalls for Dummies
Wiley Publishing, Inc. New York, NY

Novell 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Networking Services
Novell Press

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Practical test
Written Examination

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 : 25% 
Lab test covering the topics of weeks 1 - 6.

Assessment task 2 : 25% 
Lab test covering the topics of weeks 9 - 16.

Assessment task 3: 25%
Written exam covering the topics of weeks 1 - 16
Assessment task 4: 25%

This course is graded using the following course grades-
CHD- Competent with High Distinction
CDI- Competent with Distinction
CC- Competent with Credit
CAG- Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for Assessment. (This grade is only to be used where the student’s attendance in the course has been ‘confirmed’ (but they have not participated in any form of assessment and did not withdraw by the census date.)

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Assessment Matrix

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