Unix Systems Administration - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Scripting (15%) , Assignment 2 - Infrastructure (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit provides a practical introduction to Unix System Administration using Linux. The Linux Operating System, a free implementation of UNIX for personal computers, will be used extensively throughout this unit for lecture/tutorial examples and importantly during practical exercises. In addition to System Administration proper, TCP/IP network service administration and the use of scripting languages will be introduced. As Linux implements the POSIX standard, most of the learning from this unit will be directly applicable to commercial Unix systems.

On the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a Unix system administrator
  2. Install and configure the Linux operating system
  3. Manage the resources and security of a computer running Linux at a basic level
  4. Make effective use of Unix utilities, and scripting languages
  5. Configure and manage simple TCP/IP network services on a Linux system
  6. Develop an appreciation of the documentation available as part of an installed Unix/Linux system.
  • Assignment 1 — Scripting (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Infrastructure (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access — A fast / stable broadband connection (ADSL2 minimum) is recommended to support working in a cloud based virtualised environment. A mobile broadband connection (eg. 3G / 4G) is not recommended.
  • Other special requirement — An active credit card is required to set up an Amazon Web Services account.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Unix Essentials
2Operating Systems
3Introduction to Scripting
4Intermediate Scripting
5Filters, Pattern Matching
6Disks and File Systems
7Installing Software
8The Boot Process
9Continuous Delivery
10Introduction to Puppet
11Puppet Enterprise
12Task Automation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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