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CIT 173 - Linux Installation & Configuration

Revised: August, 2007
Credits: 3
Instructor: Ed Nickel
Office: HTC 133
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
E-mail: due to increased spam my email address will be provided the first day of class
Class Web Page:
Textbook: Getting Started with Linux: Novell's Guide to CompTIA's Linux+ by Jason Eckert, ISBN 141883730X, Course Technology, Inc. Search using the title, author, or ISBN for pricing at various discounters/used book dealers, or pay full price at the college bookstore.

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CATALOG DESCRIPTION: CIT 173, Linux Installation and Configuration: This course covers Linux installation, configuration, and essential operating system concepts.

Welcome to CIT 173, Linux Installation and Configuration. Since there are many different Linux distributions, we will discuss how to support and operate the SUSE distribution and, if time permits, one or more other distributions. This course provides an in-depth introduction to the a widely used business server operating system, Linux. Through the hands-on labs student will get a feel for how Linux can be implemented. This class has no prerequisites, although it assumes you have some fundamental math, computer operating system, and typing skills. You may need additional time each week to do homework assignments and to practice topics covered in class. Due to the specialized nature of the lab exercises required for this class if you should not use your home computer, therefore a few computers in HTC 139 lab on the Elko campus are available to complete assignments. Since HTC 139 is usually kept locked, please let me know as soon as possible when you will need to use one of these computers so I can arrange to have the lab available.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: This class will be taught in a live classroom setting. You are expected to participate in weekly discussions, exercises, as well as various quizzes & exams, and other class activities. The schedule of reading assignments, homework and tests is found below. Additional assignments may be given verbally or as handouts in class.

I can be reached at the phone number listed above or you can make an appointment to see me during office hours or at other times. My office hours are posted on my office door and on my web site.


The primary objective for this class is to provide students with a working knowledge of Linux operating system environment and its configuration. To this end, the essentials of the Linux operating system will be covered as well its installation and configuration. The more important topics to be covered in this class include:


The successful student in this class will be able to:

  1. classify various Linux installations;
  2. install, configure, and operate the Linux operating system and some of the more commonly used software applications;
  3. implement a functional Linux workstation operating environment;
  4. compare and contrast the command line shell and the most commonly used GUI shells;
  5. locate the most important Linux/UNIX file structures;
  6. compare and contrast at least two Linux distributions and the Windows operating system;
  7. establish basic network connectivity between peer systems and with a server;
  8. facilitate a secure workstation within a computer network.
Learner Outcome Measurements
Measurement Method Learner Outcomes
Class Discussion 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Hands On Lab Assignments 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Exams 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


GRADING POLICY: This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based 20% on class participation and discussion, 40% on your assignments, and 40% on exam results. All assignments are due by the beginning of the next class.

EXAM & QUIZ PROCEDURES: All exams and quizzes will be objective, e.g. true/false, multiple choice, fill-in the blank, etc, and will be conducted using GBC's web based learning system.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: The instructor must agree in advance to any excused absences unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Three (3) unexcused absences can result in a failing grade, in an on-line class an absence is one week when you do not participate in class or contact the instructor.

OTHER POLICIES: Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and can result in a failing grade. The student conduct policy stated in the current GBC Catalog will be enforced. This syllabus is not a contract and is subject to reasonable changes as the class proceeds.


You should be prepared to discuss each week's topics at the beginning of each class.

Chapters by week:
Week 1: Chapter 1 Introduction to Linux & basic installation
Week 2: Chapters 2 - 3 The Linux desktop & some help resources
Week 3: Chapter 4 Using YAST
Week 4: Chapter 5 The Linux file systems & structures
Week 5: Chapter 6 Working in the shell
Week 6: Chapter 7 Administration via the command-line
Week 7: Chapter 8 Processes, jobs, & runlevels
Week 8:   midterm exam
Week 9: Chapter 9 Linux networking basics
Week 10: Chapter 10 Network services part I
Week 11: Chapter 11 Network services part II
Week 12: Chapter 12 Security
Week 13: Chapter 13 Managing & troubleshooting hardware
Week 14: additional resources various Linux applications
Week 15: additional resources other Linux distributions
Week 16:   final exam

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last updated August, 2007 by Ed Nickel