CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT13146 System and Network Administration
System and Network Administration
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General Information

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: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- COIT12206 OR COIT13147

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Student email

Feedback

We have never been told that we would need to bring a laptop to class to do the work.

Recommendation

This requirement will be added to course profile section "IT requirements"

Action

Information about the requirement to bring and use one's own laptop for the purposes of this unit was placed in the General Information and Textbook and Resources sections of the unit profile (affective T1/17), and was re-iterated in the moodle website.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

UNIX and LINUX System Administration Handbook 4th (2011)

Authors: Nemeth E., Snyder G., Hein T.R., & Whaley B.
Prentice Hall
Upper Saddle River Upper Saddle River , NJ , USA
ISBN:
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • You must bring your own laptop to classes for setting up systems activities
  • You must have a connection to a small home private network
  • 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
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Kenneth Howah Unit Coordinator
k.howah@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Virtualisation, Installation and Documentation

Chapter

Chapter 1 Where to Start

Chapter 3 Booting and Shutting Down

Chapter 12 Software Installation and Management

Chapter 24 Virtualisation

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Installation, Updating and Configuration

Chapter

Chapter 8 Storage

Chapter 13 Drivers and the Kernel

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Command Line

Chapter

Chapter 2 Scripting and the Shell

Chapter 5 Controlling Processes

Chapter 6 The Filesystem

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 1 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 3 Monday (20 Mar 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Users and Security

Chapter

Chapter 4 Access Control and Rootly Powers

Chapter 7 Adding New Users

Chapter 30 Cooperating with Windows

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Backup, Automation, Email and the Internet

Chapter

Chapter 9 Periodic Processes

Chapter 10 Backups

Chapter 11 Syslog and Log Files

Chapter 20 Electronic Mail

Chapter 23 Web Hosting

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Network and Firewall Basics

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 6 Monday (17 Apr 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 3 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 6 Monday (17 Apr 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 4 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 6 Monday (17 Apr 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 5 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 6 Monday (17 Apr 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Firewall

Chapter

Chapter 22 Security

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Intrusion Detection System

Chapter

Chapter 22 Security (continued)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

Intrusion Prevention System

Chapter

Chapter 22 Security (continued)

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

The X Window System and Printing

Chapter

Chapter 25 The X Window system

Chapter 26 Printing

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 10 Monday (15 May 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 7 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 10 Monday (15 May 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 8 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 10 Monday (15 May 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 9 - Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 10 Monday (15 May 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Data Centres

Chapter

Chapter 27 Data Centre Basics

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

Course Review and Project Completion

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Final Project Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (9 June 2017) 12:00 am AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

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

Monday (3 Apr 2017)


Weighting
3%

Assessment Criteria

Please see Moodle course website for specific marking criteria.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Describe how the elements of the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) code of ethics informs professional practice
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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

Monday (1 May 2017)


Weighting
3%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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

Monday (1 May 2017)


Weighting
4%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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

Monday (1 May 2017)


Weighting
3%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform user management and maintenance tasks
  • Describe how the elements of the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) code of ethics informs professional practice
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures
  • Develop and deploy security policy and rules


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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

Monday (1 May 2017)


Weighting
4%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform user management and maintenance tasks
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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

Monday (29 May 2017)


Weighting
3%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures
  • Develop and deploy security policy and rules
  • Evaluate system and network security effectiveness


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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

Monday (29 May 2017)


Weighting
4%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures
  • Develop and deploy security policy and rules
  • Evaluate system and network security effectiveness


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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

Monday (29 May 2017)


Weighting
3%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures
  • Develop and deploy security policy and rules
  • Evaluate system and network security effectiveness


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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

Monday (29 May 2017)


Weighting
3%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures
  • Develop and deploy security policy and rules
  • Evaluate system and network security effectiveness


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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 (9 June 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

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission details are provided on the course website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use administration commands and utilities to manage and secure hosts and networks
  • Configure and deploy common system and network services
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform user management and maintenance tasks
  • Describe how the elements of the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) code of ethics informs professional practice
  • Design and document configuration and change control procedures
  • Develop and deploy security policy and rules
  • Evaluate system and network security effectiveness


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?