COIT13146 - System and Network Administration
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides a practical introduction to system and network service management and administration. You are provided with the skills necessary to configure and manage secure server environments and deliver network services. Topics covered in the unit include managing computer systems and users, managing network services, configuring and managing system and network software, security, ethics and developing administration policies and procedures. A LINUX operating system environment is used to provide a practical platform for students to apply and demonstrate knowledge. You will need access to I.T. resources not provided by CQU, including the use of your own laptop. See Unit Profile for details or contact staff.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- COIT12206 OR COIT13147

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 3%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 3%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 4%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 3%
5. Practical and Written Assessment 4%
6. Practical and Written Assessment 3%
7. Practical and Written Assessment 4%
8. Practical and Written Assessment 3%
9. Practical and Written Assessment 3%
10. Practical and Written Assessment 70%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
We have never been told that we would need to bring a laptop to class to do the work. Student email This requirement will be added to course profile section "IT requirements"
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  2. Configure and deploy common system and network services
  3. Demonstrate the ability to perform user management and maintenance tasks
  4. Describe how the elements of the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) code of ethics informs professional practice
  5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures
  6. Develop and deploy security policy and rules
  7. Evaluate system and network security effectiveness

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • System Design (DESN)
  • Service Desk and Incident Management (USUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment        
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8 - Practical and Written Assessment    
9 - Practical and Written Assessment    
10 - Practical and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work              
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence              
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment        
2 - Practical and Written Assessment        
3 - Practical and Written Assessment        
4 - Practical and Written Assessment        
5 - Practical and Written Assessment        
6 - Practical and Written Assessment        
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9 - Practical and Written Assessment        
10 - Practical and Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

UNIX and LINUX System Administration Handbook
Author/s: Nemeth E., Snyder G., Hein T.R., & Whaley B. Year: 2011
Edition: 4th Publisher: Prentice Hall
City: Upper Saddle River State: NJ
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • You must have a home computer running an Operating System capable of hosting VirtualBox (www.virtualbox.org) with 20GB of spare disk space
  • You must have a home Internet connection with a minimum 10GB data plan
  • You must have a connection to a small home private network
  • You must bring your own laptop to classes for setting up systems activities
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKenneth Howah (k.howah@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Virtualisation, Installation and Documentation

Chapter 1 Where to Start

Chapter 3 Booting and Shutting Down

Chapter 12 Software Installation and Management

Chapter 24 Virtualisation

Week 2 13-03-2017

Installation, Updating and Configuration

Chapter 8 Storage

Chapter 13 Drivers and the Kernel

Week 3 20-03-2017

Command Line

Chapter 2 Scripting and the Shell

Chapter 5 Controlling Processes

Chapter 6 The Filesystem

Week 1 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (20 Mar 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

Users and Security

Chapter 4 Access Control and Rootly Powers

Chapter 7 Adding New Users

Chapter 30 Cooperating with Windows

Week 5 03-04-2017

Backup, Automation, Email and the Internet

Chapter 9 Periodic Processes

Chapter 10 Backups

Chapter 11 Syslog and Log Files

Chapter 20 Electronic Mail

Chapter 23 Web Hosting

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Network and Firewall Basics

Chapter 15 Routing

Chapter 16 Network Hardware

Chapter 17 DNS: The Domain Name System

Chapter 18 The Network File System

Chapter 19 Sharing System Files

Week 2 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 3 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 4 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 5 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Firewall

Chapter 22 Security

Week 8 01-05-2017

Intrusion Detection System

Chapter 22 Security (continued)

Week 9 08-05-2017

Intrusion Prevention System

Chapter 22 Security (continued)

Reading: Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) Code of Ethics

Week 10 15-05-2017

The X Window System and Printing

Chapter 25 The X Window system

Chapter 26 Printing

Week 6 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (15 May 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 7 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (15 May 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 8 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (15 May 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 9 - Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (15 May 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Data Centres

Chapter 27 Data Centre Basics

Week 12 29-05-2017

Course Review and Project Completion

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Final Project Due Friday (09 Jun 17) 12:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 1 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Perform the Base Server Installation and submit written documentation according to the instructions posted in the Moodle course Website.

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Monday (20-Mar-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Monday (03-Apr-2017)
Weighting 3%
Assessment Criteria

Please see Moodle course website for specific marking criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

4. Describe how the elements of the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) code of ethics informs professional practice

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 2 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Perform required practical tasks and submit written documentation as outlined on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017)
Weighting 3%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 3 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Perform required practical tasks and submit written documentation as outlined on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017)
Weighting 4%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



4 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 4 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Perform required practical tasks and submit written documentation as outlined on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017)
Weighting 3%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

3. Demonstrate the ability to perform user management and maintenance tasks

4. Describe how the elements of the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) code of ethics informs professional practice

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

6. Develop and deploy security policy and rules

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



5 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 5 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

 

 
Perform required practical tasks and submit written documentation as outlined on the course website.
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017)
Weighting 4%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

3. Demonstrate the ability to perform user management and maintenance tasks

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



6 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 6 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Perform required practical tasks and submit written documentation as outlined on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017)
Weighting 3%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

6. Develop and deploy security policy and rules

7. Evaluate system and network security effectiveness

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



7 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 7 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Perform required practical tasks and submit written documentation as outlined on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017)
Weighting 4%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

6. Develop and deploy security policy and rules

7. Evaluate system and network security effectiveness

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



8 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 8 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Perform required practical tasks and submit written documentation as outlined on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017)
Weighting 3%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

6. Develop and deploy security policy and rules

7. Evaluate system and network security effectiveness

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



9 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Week 9 - Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Perform required practical tasks and submit written documentation as outlined on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017)
Weighting 3%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

6. Develop and deploy security policy and rules

7. Evaluate system and network security effectiveness

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



10 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Final Project
Task Description

Development of a complete System, with associated documentation, configured to meet the specified security and service profile provided.

The full requirement specification is outlined on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017) 12:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Return date to students on Certification Day (10 July 2015)
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria

The project documentation will be assessed upon the quality of content. This includes the presentation layout and the depth and breadth of project recommendations adhering to implementation of the secured computer network.

Please see the Moodle course website for specific marking criteria for each part of the assessment.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks

2. Configure and deploy common system and network services

3. Demonstrate the ability to perform user management and maintenance tasks

4. Describe how the elements of the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) code of ethics informs professional practice

5. Design and document configuration and change control procedures

6. Develop and deploy security policy and rules

7. Evaluate system and network security effectiveness

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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