MCT117 - LINUX+ Certification

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Subject Title
LINUX+ Certification

Subject Description
CompTIA Linux+ is a vendor-neutral certification, generic across distributions, that validates the knowledge of individuals with a minimum of six to 12 months of practical Linux experience. Professionals holding the current CompTIA Linux+ credential can explain fundamental management of Linux systems from the command line, demonstrate knowledge of user administration; understand file permissions, software configurations, and management of Linux-based clients, server systems and security. The CompTIA Linux+ certification is aimed at an IT administrator experienced in Windows or other operating systems, who also has at least 6-12 months as a Linux system administrator. The exam assumes experience with command line utilities, common administrative tasks, and troubleshooting.

Credit Status
1 full credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the concept of OS services, outlining some of the common services provided by client and server systems. Examples suitable for brief discussion include file and print services, network services such as Domain Name Space (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and scheduling services like cron.
2. Explain the purpose of both the arithmetic logic unit (ALU) and the control unit (CU). Provide examples of each type of function and a scenario under which each component would be used.
3. Explain the concept of an FTP-based Linux installation, providing a demonstration of how this method would be initiated from a Windows system or a computer without any OS installed.
4. Outline the purpose of the cd command, and demonstrate how the command can be used to move between directories. Point out that the cd command in Linux functions in a manner very similar to the same command in Windows or DOS.
5. Outline the concept of mounting as it relates to gaining access to data stored on a variety of devices like floppy disks, zip disks, CD-ROM drives, DVD drives, and so forth.
6. Discuss the difference between an iterative query and a recursive query. Explain how a DNS cache file is used to contact DNS servers on the internet to resolve names not in the local domain.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline
1.     Introduction to Linux
2.     Linux Installation and Usage
3.     Exploring Linux Filesystems
4.     Linux Filesystem Management
5.     Linux Filesystem Administration
6.     Advanced Installation
7.     Working with the BASH Shell
8.     System Initialization and X Windows
9.     Managing Linux Processes
10.   Compression, System Backup and Software Installation
11.   Network Configuration
12.   Configuring Network Services
13.   Troubleshooting, Performance and Security

Mode of Instruction
This course is offered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.
Distant Learning students please refer to addendum. 

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided online or in class. Students will not be able to access anything posted as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, Third Edition, Bundle Package with Linux Operating System
Jason W. Eckert
ISBN 13: 9781418837211
ISBN 10: 1418837210
Publisher: Nelson Education

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
In order to successfully complete this course, the student is required to meet the following evaluation criteria:

Quizzes   10%
Labs 45%
Tests 20%
Final Exam 25%
Total  100%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle