CNT 5605
Syllabus — Summer 2016

Times, People and Places

Instructor: Randolph Langley

    Telephone: 645-1225
    Office: 103 MCH Building

Class time and place

Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 5:15pm until 6:30pm in Room 103 Love


Office hours

Thursday 2:00 to 4:00 in 103 MCH

(If the above time is not convenient, please contact me so that we can schedule an appointment that is more convenient.)

Class home page

Class Description

Computer and Network System Administration is an increasingly complex technical 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 (
May 2015:374,480 (

This course is an attempt to provide a practical approach to the field of system administration.

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 networked computer systems. This will include providing students with practical experience in


UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition) by Nemeth et al, Prentice Hall, 2010.




Midterm, given on Friday, June 17


Final Exam, given on Monday, August 1, from 5:15 to 6:30


Problem Solving Assignments


Class participation and other activities





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

Guidelines for assignment writeup

Please turn in assignments on time. No late assignments are accepted.

For any assignments submitted on Blackboard, please note that the assignment will disappear at the stated time. Assignments submitted on paper must be submitted 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.

Plagiarism has become widespread problem, one so endemic that the most recent "MLA Handbook" now devotes a whole chapter (Chapter 2, "Plagiarism and Academic Integrity") to the subject. I strongly recommend that you read this.

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. If you are forced to miss a class, it is also your responsibility to get class notes from a friend.


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.

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.