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CSC5090 Foundations of IT Systems Administration

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Foundation of IT Systems Admin
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020305 - Systems Analysis and Design
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Zhongwei Zhang


Foundational skills in administrating a range of computer systems and techniques are essential for IT professionals to efficiently complete a wide range of technical tasks. Confidently managing files, resources, and data distributed over multiple platforms and shared with collaborators in a secure and socially responsible manner creates a basis for students to effectively complete further instruction in their area of expertise. The course is also appropriate as a stand-alone introduction to modern computer systems and tools.


The initial phase of the course introduces a range of operating systems and the hardware on which they run, and explores architectures, virtualisation, and Services. Foundational skills in using system shells builds understanding of automation and deployment operations. The course continues through the development of essential experiences in managing files and data in distributed and collaborative environments, with attention to security and privacy. It concludes with attaining professional skills around teamwork, documentation and reporting, and ethics and best practice.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Administer diverse operating systems on personal computers, installing and maintaining applications, tools and services, and automating basic tasks;
  2. 2. Perform operational procedures including system backups, restoring data, checking file integrity, distributing files and data across systems;
  3. Transform basic data models to relational schemas and employ database tools to store and retrieve structured data;
  4. Employ project management and collaborative tools to support working in teams and effectively plan, document and report progress;
  5. Appraise ethics and ethical standards in relation to IT Systems and Projects.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Hardware and Operating Systems 10.00
2. System Architectures, GUI and CLI environments, Virtual Machines and Services 20.00
3. File management, Backups, Distributed Storage, Data Integrity 20.00
4. Data Modelling and Databases 10.00
5. Ethics, Best Practice, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity 10.00
6. Project Management Tools, Team Collaboration Tools, Git Version Control, Documenting and Reporting Tools 30.00

Text and Materials

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 33.00
Private Study 80.00
Workshops 52.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Quiz 10 10 26 Jul 2021 1
Tech Artifact 1 10 20 16 Aug 2021 1,2
Tech Artifact 2 20 20 06 Sep 2021 3
Project Report 100 50 18 Oct 2021 4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximize their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. 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.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. 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

Assessment Notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  2. Electronic submission of assignments is required for this course. All submissions must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ study desk for this course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner.

  3. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should upload their assignments electronically using the same computer laboratories. Online students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission. Online students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, Online students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

  4. Students are expected to open their university provided email account and check it regularly for personal communication. In accordance with the Electronic Communication with Students Policy and Procedure ( information sent to the student's USQ email account will be regarded as being received.

  5. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use the 6th or 7th edition of the APA Style Manual to format their assignments. The APA Style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. Forms part of the Master of Information Technology and is benchmarked against the:
• internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review; and
• professional accreditation standards of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Date printed 8 November 2021