CISC202 Linux Network Administration

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science

I. Course Number and Title
CISC202 Linux Network Administration
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CISC128 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
A comprehensive departmental final examination is given.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides students with an introduction to Linux Local Area Networks, their components, installation procedures, maintenance and usage, and function in an organization. Students gain hands-on experience in lab exercises using a Linux network.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:
    1. describe the origins of networking open source software, chart trends in its deployment and compare various operating systems;
    2. identify core components of open source software such as file systems, file structure, kernels, modules, and drivers;
    3. discuss how TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is used on a Local Area Network (LAN);
    4. perform maintenance tasks including assisting users, adding users to a larger system, executing backup & restore, and shutdown and reboot;
    5. evaluate the use of major network services file sharing and network printing; and
    6. understand and effectively install open source software to manage, monitor and diagnosis problems, and analyze LAN network security.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. History and trends in open source software
      1. UNIX and the Free Software Foundation and the development of open source software
      2. Network open source software licenses
      3. Current and popular open source software and trends in their development and deployment

    2. Installing open source operating system
      1. Installation requirements
      2. Procedures to install and deploy network operating systems (NOS)

    3. Recognizing integral features and commands in the File System
      1. Disk partitions, volumes, folders and sub-folders
      2. File system structure
      3. Commands in the GUI and command line
      4. File management

    4. Network configuration and security
      1. Kernels, modules, and drivers
      2. Network security
      3. Login security - passwords and other account restrictions
      4. Utilities and procedures to establish, monitor, and maintain network security
      5. Backups
      6. Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID)
      7. Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet (TCP/IP) Protocol addressing, protocols, and ports

    5. Establishing Network Services
      1. Samba
      2. Network File System
      3. File Transfer Protocol
      4. Domain Name System
      5. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
      6. Apache Web Server and SQL data management
      7. Network Printing

    6. Configuring the user workstation environment
      1. Login scripts and shell scripting
      2. Remote management
      3. Creating users and groups
      4. Role and use of X Window Server
      5. Accessibility

    7. Performance and Optimization
      1. Troubleshooting using logs to analyze behavior
      2. Control booting and runtime
      3. Installing, updating, and removing software

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of Course Learning Goals is based on written tests, labs, and other assignments, as well as performance-based tasks as appropriate, and a departmental final exam.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 11/02; Revised 6/09; Revised 12/2014