CNT 5605-01
Syllabus — Fall 2010

Times, People and Places

Instructor: Randolph Langley

    Telephone: 644-4290
    Office: 208 MCH Building

Class time and place

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:35pm until 4:50pm in Room 103 Love

Office hours

Tuesday, Thursday immediately after class

Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30 to 10:30 in 208 MCH

Class home page

Class Description

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 (
May 2008:327,850 (
May 2009:338,890 (

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

Class Prerequisites

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


Linux Administration Handbook, Second Edition, by Nemeth et al, Prentice Hall, 2007. (Yes, it is listed as available via Kindle from Amazon.)

Mastering Windows Server 2008: Networking Foundations, by Minasi et al, Sybex, 2008.




Midterm I, given on Tuesday, September 28, from 3:35pm to 4:50pm


Midterm II, given on Tuesday, November 9, from 3:35pm to 4:50pm


Final Exam, given on Thursday, December 9, from 7:30am to 9:30am


Problem Solving Assignments


Occasional quizzes, Question sets, and/or Class participation


Final Paper (due on the last Thurday of class, December 2nd)





Letter Grade Percentage
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

Note that 15% 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), and often done as a team. The teams usually consist of two people. Team assignments are to be done by the team, and each member of the team will turn in an individual assignment writeup both for team assignments and for any individual assignments.

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 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.

University ADA statement

	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 SDRC, and provide that office the necessary documentation. You also need to 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 CNT5605 Fall 2010
Month Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Week # Notes
August 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 01 First week of classes
August/September 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 02
September 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 03 Labor Day is on Monday, September 6, no class
September 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 04
September 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 05
September/October 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 06 Mid-term I will be on Tuesday, September 28
October 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 07
October 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 08
October 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 09
October 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 10
October/November 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 11 Homecoming: No class on Friday, November 5 after 1:10pm
November 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 Midterm II is on November 9
Thursday, November 11 is Veteran's Day, no class
November 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 13
November 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 14 Thanksgiving week
November/December 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 15 Last week of classes; final paper due on December 2nd
December 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 16 Finals week: the final will be at 7:30am on Thursday, December 9