Instructor: Randolph Langley
Office: 103 MCH Building
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 until 6:30 in MCH 302.
Class holidays: Thanksgiving, November 26th.
Class home page:
- Monday/Wednesday, 1:00 to 2:00 in 103 MCH
If my office hours are not convenient, please contact me so that we can schedule an appointment that is more convenient for you.
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 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2001/oes151071.htm) 2002: 232,560 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes151071.htm) May 2003: 237,980 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2003/may/oes151071.htm) November 2003: 244,610 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2003/november/oes151071.htm) May 2004: 259,320 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2004/may/oes151071.htm) November 2004: 262,930 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2004/november/oes151071.htm) May 2005: 270,330 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2005/may/oes151071.htm) May 2006: 289,520 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2006/may/oes151071.htm) May 2007: 309,660 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2007/may/oes151071.htm) May 2008: 327,850 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2008/may/oes151071.htm) May 2009: 338,890 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/oes151071.htm) May 2010: 333,210 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2010/may/oes151142.htm) May 2011: 341,800 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2011/may/oes151142.htm) May 2012: 350,320 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/oes151142.htm) May 2013: 362,310 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/oes151142.htm) May 2014: 365,430 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151142.htm) May 2015: 374,480 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151142.htm)
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
- Taken undergraduate computer architecture;
- Taken advanced UNIX/network programming;
- Skill in C programming;
- Skill as an advanced UNIX user, including the ability to program effectively in the Unix environment;
- Familiarity with networking concepts and applications.
To produce students who are capable of managing networked computer systems. This will include providing students with practical experience in
- Designing, installing, maintaining, and extending interconnected servers;
- Development of policy and procedures for users, administrators, and for regulatory requirements;
- Advanced systems management;
- Networking and communication; and
- Emphasis on independent problem solving skills.
Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook, Fourth Edition, by Nemeth et al, Prentice Hall.
Midterm (given on Thursday, October 20th, from 5:15 to 6:30 in MCH 302)
Final Exam (given on Thursday, December 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 in MCH 302)
|A||90% - 100%|
|B+||88% - 89%|
|B||80% - 87%|
|C+||78% - 79%|
|C||70% - 77%|
|D||60% - 69%|
|F||0% - 59%|
- Installing and booting
- Rebooting issues
- Drive layout and treatment
- System Administrator's view of the operating systems
- System Administration tools
- Resource management and performance analysis
- Local and remote file systems
- Computer hardware operating system-specific nomenclature
- Network protocols and network activities
- Directory Services
- Your physical environment
- BCP, DR, COOP
- System Design: Structural and off-site redundancy
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:
- State the assignment objectives.
- Provide, in a diary/journal format, the steps you took to do the assignment.
- Mention lessons learned, especially those that come from making, finding, and correcting mistakes.
- The writeups will be graded based on the correctness of content, clean layout, and use of proper spelling and grammar.
Please turn in assignments on time. No late submissions will be accepted.
For any assignments submitted on Blackboard, please note that the assignment submission link will disappear at the stated time. Assignments submitted on paper must be submitted on the appropriate day at the beginning of class.
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 http://dof.fsu.edu/content/download/21140/136629/AHP2010Revision.pdf
Official FSU statement on the Academic Honor Policy: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 AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: 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) firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.disabilitycenter.fsu.edu/
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.
Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course
and is subject to change with advance notice. In particular, 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.