Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

CENT 228 - System Administration &Amp; TCP/IP Networking With Unix/Linux (4)

  • Prerequisite: CENT 110
  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CENT 140

The System Administration part of this course introduces essentials of maintaining a computer that uses UNIX or Linux operating systems. Students install the operating system, maintain user accounts, manage file systems and processes, install and confi gure software, and perform routine system maintenance and backup functions. The TCP/IP Networking with Unix/Linux part of the course examines the TCP and IP protocols. Students will review networking principles and TCP/IP network architecture. Students will use a protocol analyzer to examine data packets at the bit level for a variety of protocols including Ethernet; Address Resolution Protocol (ARP); IP routing; Internet Control Messaging Protocol (ICMP); the User Datagram Protocol (UDP); Transmission Control Protocol (TCP); and the Domain Name System (DNS).

3 hrs. lect.; 3 hrs. lab. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of CENT 228, the student will be able to:

  • Navigate the UNIX/Linux file system using the command line environment.
  • Use a command-line text editor to create and modify files.
  • Manage user and group accounts using a command line environment.
  • Manage files and permissions using a command line environment.
  • Manage the command shell using shell variables, environment variables and shell configuration files.
  • Manage file systems in the command line environment including creating partitions, initializing and mounting file systems.
  • Manage processes in the command line environment.
  • Manage the system initialization process for a UNIX/Linux computer system including the system boot process, system shutdown, and troubleshooting problems related to system initialization.
  • Install software packages and patches.
  • Create and use simple shell scripts to automate system administration tasks.
  • Configure networking for a UNIX system.
  • Describe the functions associated with each layer of the TCP/IP protocol.
  • Describe and explain the tasks performed by the IP stack within a host computer.
  • Describe the operation of the TCP stack within a host computer.
  • Use a protocol analyzer to view and analyze packets for specified protocols at the bit level on a local area network.

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