CNT 4603-01
Syllabus — Spring 2009

Times, People and Places

Instructor: Randolph Langley

    Tel: 644-4290
    Office: 208 MCH Building

Class time and place:

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM in room 016 Love Building.

Office hours:

Tuesday, immediately after class in 016 LOV

Wednesday, 9:30 to 10:45 in 208 MCH

Thursday, immediately after class in 016 LOV

Class home page:


Computer and Network System Administration is an increasingly complex and essential field. The last five years have seen an upturn in the number of system administrators:

2001:227,840 (
2002:232,560 (
May 2003:237,980 (
November 2003:244,610 (
May 2004:259,320 (
November 2004:262,930 (
May 2005:270,330 (
May 2006:289,520 (
May 2007:309,660 (

This course is an attempt to provide professional approach to the System Administration field, as well as an introduction to current technology.


The following courses and skills are desirable prerequisite knowledge: for this class. Although not required, you will likely do better in this class if you have


To produce students who are capable of managing a multi-user networked computer system. This will include providing students with practical experience in


UNIX Systems Administration Handbook, Third Edition, by Nemeth et al, Prentice Hall, 2001 (the purple book).

Mastering Windows 2003 Server, by Minasi et al, Sybex, 2003.




Midterm (given on Tuesday, February 24) from 9:30 to 10:45)


Final Exam (given on Tuesday, April 28 from 10:00 to noon)


Problem Solving Assignments (Team Assignments)


Occasional quizzes, Take-home question sets, Class participation


Final Paper (due on the last Tuesday of class, April 21)




A 90 - 100
B+ 88 - 89
B 80 - 87
C+ 78 - 79
C 70 - 77
D 60 - 69
F 0 - 59


Class Topics

Class Policies

Problem Solving Assignments

Notice that 20% of your grade is determined by the work done in the assignments. Due to the nature of the projects they must be done within the space provided in the Networking/SysAdmin lab (LOV 016). Since there are a limited number of computers, you will be placed in a team. The teams usually consist of two people. The assignments are to be done by the team, and each member of the team will turn in an individual assignment writeup.

Guidelines for assignment writeup:

Please turn in assignments on time. There will be a 50% penalty for late submissions.

Assignments must be submitted on paper on the appropriate day at the beginning of class.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Do not turn in other people's work as your own; this includes, but is not limited to, unattributed copying from web pages, other students' work, books, journals, or broadcast media. Citations and clear delineation of cited material from your own original work is mandatory.

The Florida State University academic honor policy is at

Official FSU statement on the Academic Honor Policy:


The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the
University's expectations for the integrity of students'
academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of
those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of
students and faculty members throughout the process.  Students are
responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living
up to their pledge to "... be honest and truthful and
... [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at
Florida State University." (Florida State University Academic
Honor Policy, found at


Attendance at all class meetings is expected, and attendance will be taken each class session. Please extend courtesy in class by arriving on time, staying until dismissed, and refraining from food and drink. You are responsible for all information explained in class, some of which will not be available in written or electronic form. I will not feel obligated to repeat announcements of future exams, assignments, schedule changes, question sets, pop quizzes, or hints on assignments. If you are forced to miss a class, it is also your responsibility to get class notes from a friend and check with me for handouts. I will use email and the class home page to give out assignments and general class information.


Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the immediate family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. Accommodations for these excused absences will be made and will do so in a way that does not penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.


You should check your electronic mail frequently for information about this course, as well as the class home page. You are also encouraged to use email to ask questions and report problems.


Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:

(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student
Disability Resource Center; and

(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for
accommodation and what type.  This should be done during the first
week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in
alternative format upon request.

For more information about services available to FSU students with
disabilities, contact the:

Student Disability Resource Center
874 Traditions Way
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)

So please advise me at your earliest convenience (within one week) if you have a disability that will require a reasonable accommodation for the successful completion of this course. Also, as indicated above, you should register with the and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center, and provide me a letter indicating the need for accommodation and indicating what type.

If you are experiencing difficulty or are concerned about your progress, please speak with me immediately.

The above schedule and procedures in this class are subject to change
in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Calendar for CNT4603 Spring 2009
Month Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Week # Notes
January 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 01 First week of classes
January 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 02
May 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 03 Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday on January 19th
January 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 04
February 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 05
February 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 06
February 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 07
February 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 08 The midterm is on February 24
March 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 09 No class on March 3rd
March 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 10 Spring Break
March 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 11
March 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 12
March/April 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 13
April 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 14
April 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 15
April 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 16 Last week of classes; final paper due Tuesday, April 21; final day of class is Thursday, April 23
April/May 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 17 Finals week: The final is Tuesday, April 28, from 10:00am to noon in 016 LOV