MCT124 - UNIX System Administration

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Subject Title
UNIX System Administration

Subject Description
This subject examines the diverse tasks that UNIX system administrators are required to perform, including the root logon, assignment of passwords, and user creation. Using RedHat LINUX students manage user groups, monitor system activity and maintain file backups.

Credit Status
 This subject is part of the UNIX/LINUX System Administration Recognition of Achievement program.

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

1. Understand the role of the System Administrator.
2. Discuss popular UNIX/LINUX applications and products.
3. Perform basic administrator functions.

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MCT 120 

Topic Outline

  • Role of the System Administrator
  • System Administrator Guidelines 
  • System Administrator Rights and Privileges
  • Review of Unix commands
  • Files and file systems
  • Process Management
  • The Printing System
  • House Cleaning
  • User Management
  • Backups and File Compression
  • System Kernel and Kernel parameters
  • Security Issues
  • Windows and Related Applications
  • Basic Networking with Unix
  • Unix and the Future  

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided with each participant having exclusive use of a computer.  

Prescribed Texts
The following course materials will be provided
Unix System Administration Handbook, 4th. Ed.
A Manual will be provided by Seneca College

Required Supplies

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
This subject is part of the UNIX/LINUX System Administration program.  Those students choosing to pursue their UNIX/LINUX  Recognition of Achievement are required to write quizzes throughout the course (for a total of 20% of the final mark) as well as a final exam at the completion of this subject (80% of final mark).  A final mark of  70% or higher is required in order to apply this subject to the Recognition of Achievement Certificate. 

Approved by: Denis Gravelle