Course Summary
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5 days (40 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Computer Science or Information Technology


The course objective is to focus on the essential skills needed to administer, monitor, and troubleshoot a Linux system on a daily basis. The skills learned in this course apply across all of the major Linux distributions including Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu and SUSE. The course is supplemented with many hands-on commands and lab exercises that reinforce the lectures. Participants are assumed to be familiar with Linux commands to manipulate files, define a basic shell command environment, and have the ability to use a supplied text editor.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Make new (system and application) software available to the users
  • Set up user authorization files and procedures
  • Control and customize the system startup
  • Manage queue and device characteristics
  • Monitor system resources
  • Understand the Linux system administration environment (and control)
  • Install, update, and upgrade the operating system software
  • Define and control disk based file systems

General Course Topics:

  • Administrator interaction with Linux command line and graphical user interfaces
  • Administrative utilities command syntax Learning how to use provided documentation
  • Automating administrative actions via shell scripts
  • Defining appropriate environments for the user population
  • Verifying that system resources are available and configured for the system purpose
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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