CSC8512 Advanced System Administration
|Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Short Description:||Advanced System Administration|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|ASCED code :||029999 - Information Technology not els|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Leigh Brookshaw
Pre-requisite: Some experience with a Unix Operating System and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN
Recommended Pre-requisite: CSC2408 and CSC2404.
Students who have enrolled in or completed CSC3412 System and Security Administration cannot enrol in this course.
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
System and security administration is the management and configuration of one or more computers with multiple operating systems, multiple hardware architectures, multiple software suites, together with the shared resources necessary, such as wired and wireless networks, in order to make them work effectively and securely. System administration requires an understanding of how computer systems work, an attention to detail, problem solving, people skills, security and planning in order to select the most effective and secure system. Computers which function as servers may run Unix-like systems, although others run proprietary software such as Novell, IBM or Microsoft. The ability to manage Unix-like systems is another desirable attribute of a system and security administrator.
This course introduces students to the administration of computer systems and computer networks. Coverage includes system administration tools, security techniques, system initialisation, resource management, backups, performance measurement, and network and security administration. Further topics include documentation policy development and disaster recovery. Practical work requires use of Unix- like operating systems on dedicated Intel-architecture PCs or equivalent hardware and software negotiated with the lecturer prior to commencement of the semester.
On completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an intermediate level of understanding of general principles of computer system administration ;
- Apply security techniques to enhance computer system security and communication ;
- Understand, build, modify, and maintain the Linux kernel components.
- Select, install, and configure applications on a Linux Operating System ;
- Manage and implement a system for backup and recovery ;
- Maintain routing tables and firewall ;
- Demonstrate an appreciation for the intrusion detection systems and techniques;
- Review and evaluate the security status of a system.
|4.||Encryption, authentication techniques||10.00|
|5.||File system, partitioning||10.00|
|6.||Security and monitoring||10.00|
|8.||Network services, DNS, DHCP, HTTP, SSH,SAMBA||20.00|
|9.||Data and network security||20.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=01&subject1=CSC8512)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|Assignment 1||100||15||03 Apr 2019|
|Assignment 2||100||15||08 May 2019|
|Assignment 3||100||15||05 Jun 2019|
|2hr Open Exam||100||55||End S1||(see note 1)|
- Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them (including course Web pages) to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.
Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.
To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the Examination.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL)
If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to the USQ irrespective of holidays.
The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the School. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.
Computer requirements: Students must have exclusive and fully privileged access to an Intel x 86 architecture PC with at least 500MB free disk space and an unused disk partition.
Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.