CNT 4603
Syllabus — Fall 2015

Times, People, and Places

Instructor: Randolph Langley

    Tel: 645-1225
    Office: 103 MCH Building

Class time and place:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:35 until 4:50 in 103 Love Building.

Class holidays: Thanksgiving, November 26th

Office hours:

If my office hours are not convenient, please contact me so that we can schedule an appointment that is more convenient for you.

Class home page:


Computer and Network System Administration is an increasingly complex 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 (
May 2008:327,850 (
May 2009:338,890 (
May 2010:333,210 (
May 2011:341,800 (
May 2012:350,320 (
May 2013:362,310 (
May 2014:365,430 (

This course is an attempt to provide a practical approach to the System Administration field.


Required: CGS 3406 or COP 3014.

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


To produce students who are capable of managing networked computer systems. This will include providing students with practical experience in


Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook, Fourth Edition, by Nemeth et al, Prentice Hall.




Midterm (given on Thursday, October 15th, from 3:35 to 4:50 in Love 103)


Final Exam (given on Monday, December 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 in Love 103)




Class participation


Final Paper (due on Tuesday, December 1st)



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


Notice that part 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),

Guidelines for assignment writeup:

Please turn in assignments on time. No late submissions will be accepted.

Assignments must be submitted as indicated in the assignment on the appropriate day at the beginning of class. If the submission is via Blackboard, the link will disappear 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."


Attendance at all class meetings is expected, and attendance will be taken each class session. Please extend courtesy in class by arriving on time and staying until dismissed. 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.

ADA compliance


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)

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 difficulties

If you are experiencing difficulty, either with the class or for reasons outside of the class, 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 university schedule changes, calendar errors on my part, exigent circumstances, or if other reasons develop during the semester.