CIS-229: UNIX System Administration

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Computer Information Systems
Academic Level
Course Subject
Computer Information Systems
Course Number
Course Title
UNIX System Administration
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Covers the effective administration of a UNIX/Linux system and the knowledge and tasks required of the Linux+ certification exams. Discusses the architecture and internals of the UNIX and Linux Operating Systems along with laboratory exercises that include the installation and package management, device management, Linux file systems, files system hierarchy standards, shell scripting, user interfaces and desktops, administrative tasks, essential system services, networking fundamentals, and security.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Overview of Unix/Linux, system planning, installation, and the Administrator role
  2. Operating System security
  3. UNIX and Linux File Systems: Command and Graphical Interfaces
  4. UNIX Editors: Text and Graphical
  5. Advanced system administration tasks
  6. Hardware and system resources management
  7. Logs and configuration files
  8. Unix/Linux scripts and other automated procedures
  9. Network connections
  10. Backup
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify features of the System Administrator’s job.
  • Plan a UNIX system based on user requirements and industry standards.
  • Install a Linux Operating System.
  • Define and apply file security concepts in a UNIX or Linux system.
  • Define and apply user and group security methods to a network.
  • Demonstrate proficient use of system utilities and shell scripts.
  • Develop and perform server penetration tests.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Quizzes, Tests, Labs and Projects

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Departmental Exam
Skilled Demonstration
Skilled Demonstration Details

Skills-based assessment proficient score, assessment administered by the Computer Information Systems department faculty. Faculty will assess skills-based assessment based on evaluation rubric. Assessment information located in Department Office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and have proper licensure/certification.

CompTia Linux+ OR TestOut Linux Pro Certification
Licensure/Certification Details

CompTia Linux+ OR TestOut Linux Pro Certification must be current. Department faculty will verify certification(s). Verified certifications, and the Credit for Prior College-Level Learning application will be signed, copied, and retained in the Department Office. Students must also complete a departmental exam and a skilled demonstration.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date