Course Title: Install and administer Unix based computers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: ISYS5671C

Course Title: Install and administer Unix based computers

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6084 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Eddie Vanda
PHONE: +613 99254456 FAX: +613  99254377

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

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 accordance
with developer’s instructions and network

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 work

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

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 Operating Systems
Week 2: Overview of UNIX / Linux Operating Systems
Week 3: Installation Procedures; software modules
Week 4: Installation Procedures; hardware and device drivers
Week 5: User Environments – Command line and GUI
Week 6: File System
Week 7: Directory Navigation
Week 8: File Creation and Manipulation
Week 9: Command Line Text Editor
Week 10: Implementing Users and Groups
Week 11: Resource Usage, Halting and Rebooting
Week 12: Searching
Week 13: Scripts
Week 14: Databases
Week 15: Run levels and Archiving
Week 16: Revision
Week 17: Lab Exam 1
Week 18: Lab Exam 1
Week 19: Presentations
Week 20: Presentations
Week 21: Presentations
Week 22: Presentations
Week 23: GUI Environment and Administration
Week 24: Applications
Week 25: Network Features and TCP/IP Networking
Week 26: Administration of DNS server
Week 27: Administration of Email Server
Week 28: Administration of DHCP server
Week 29: Administration of Apache server
Week 30: Administration of Samba server
Week 31: Network Security
Week 32: Administration of Firewall
Week 33: Troubleshooting Linux Networks
Week 34: Revision
Week 36: Lab Exam 2
Week 36: Lab Exam 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.
eBook aailable from the RMIT University library.


Collings T., Wall K. 2005
Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration
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%
Practical exam covering the topics of weeks 1 - 6.

Assessment task 2 : 25%
Practical exam covering the topics of weeks 9 - 16.

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

Assessment Matrix

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