SYLLABUS - SPRING 2001
Instructor: Joseph E. Cannon, Ph.D., MasterCNE
Office location: Lanham 119
Office phone: (301)322-0764
Web page: academic.pgcc.edu/~jcannon
Office hours: T&Th - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Th Only - 10:40 am to 11:00
4:40 pm to 6:00 pm
Course Reference Number: ????
Days/times: T&Th - 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Required Textbook: UNIX System Administration Handbook, 3rd Edition, by Evi
Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Scott Seebass, and Trent R. Hein,
Prentice Hall PTR, 2001, ISBN 0-13-020601-6.
Recommended Texts: UNIX System V Primer, by Mitchell Waite, Don Martin, and
Stephen Prata, 2nd Edition, SAMS The Waite Group.
UNIX Shell Programming, Revised Edition, by Stephen G.
Koch and Patrick H. Wood, Hayden Books.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
Assignments, Exams and Grading
Quizzes: There will be 5 quizzes, each worth 20 points. There will
NOT be any make-ups on these. Therefore, if one is missed
(and this includes arriving in class after the other students
have finished) a grade of zero will be given. At the end of
the course the lowest quiz grade is dropped.
Exams: There will be 2 exams, a midterm and final, each worth 100
points. The exams are cumulative and comprehensive covering
the material in the course up to and including the time of the
Exam. Attendance is mandatory as there will NOT BE ANY MAKE-
UP EXAMS. If the midterm is missed the student will be
assigned a 10 page written report as a substitute for the
midterm exam. A student CANNOT miss the final exam.
Assignments: All students are responsible for completing each
assignment in accordance with its specifications and
submitting it as indicated. Assignments must be completed
and given to me no later than the beginning of the class
on the announced due date. Assignments will NOT be
accepted late. There will be four (4) assignments, each
worth a maximum of fifty (50) points. Assignments can be
e-mailed to me as a Word document file.
Grading: Your grade will be based on attendance, homework, projects,
midterm exams, and the final examination. Attendance will be
used to help resolve any borderline course grades. The 500
points for the course are awarded as follows:
200 pts – Assignments
100 pts – Midterm Exam
100 pts – Final Exam
100 pts – Quizzes
A = 450+ pts, B = 400-449 pts, C = 350-399 pts,
D = 300‑349 pts, F = 0-299 pts
This is a tentative schedule, subject to change due to class pace, canceled classes, and other factors.
Week Class Dates Topics Reading
1 Jan. 25 Course Policy, Syllabus
Intro to UNIX Administration Chapter 1
2 Jan. 30, Feb. 1 UNIX Installation Chapter 2
3 Feb. 6, 8* Superuser Powers Chapters 3&4
4 Feb. 13, 15 File System Chapters 5&6
5 Feb. 20, 22* Serial Devices & Disk Chapters 7&8
6 Feb. 27, Mar. 1 Backups Chapters 9&10
7 March 6, 8 Syslog and Log Files Chapter 11
8 March 13, 15 MIDTERM EXAM on Tuesday, March 13
9 March 20, 22* Drivers and the Kernel Chapter 12
10 March 27, 29 TCP/IP Networking Chapter 13
11 April 5* TCP/IP Networking Class Notes
Spring Break - College Closed Thursday, April 5 - Sunday, April 15
12 April 17, 19 Routing Chapter 14
13 April 24, 26* DNS - Domain Name System Chapter 16
14 May 1, 3 Network File System Chapters 17&18
15 May 8, 10 Management and Security Chapters 20&21
May 17 - FINAL EXAM - 11:00 am in L-116A
Research on college success demonstrates that class attendance is a significant factor in student success. Considerable material will be covered during each class session. There will be discussion of assignments, and handouts will be distributed. If a student must miss class, it is his/her responsibility to get the notes and assignments and any handouts, etc. from a classmate preferably prior to the next class period.
The assignments are on the class schedule. The student is expected to complete all homework assignments. Homework is due at the beginning of each class. Late homework will be penalized 15% per class period past the due date. Homework will be collected and will count for 40% of the final grade.
All written assignments must use a word processor (Microsoft Word 97 or 2000). All projects must be submitted in an approved folder (a 9"x11.5" folder with pockets). On the outside of the folder, print your name, the course name, meeting days/times, and the name of your instructor. Include footnotes/endnotes, and follow APA guidelines for citations. Also, note the rules concerning plagiarism.
May be used.
No food or drink L.
The Prince George’s Community College Student Handbook contains official policies and procedures regarding student conduct, academic integrity, and related matters. You are responsible for conducting yourself in accordance with those policies. The Student Handbook also contains a wealth of information designed to help students achieve success. Please pick up your free copy from the College Life Office in the Largo Student Center (near the bookstore).
The Computer Information and Office Systems Department issues its “CIS Info Sheet” for all students in CIS classes near the beginning of each semester. This sheet contains valuable information regarding lab locations and schedules, important dates during the semester, weather cancellation information, bookstore hours, etc. Look for this sheet to be distributed in class, and retain it along with this syllabus for future reference.
Prince George's Community College is committed to a policy of reasonable accommodation and services to persons with disabilities. In order to receive services, students with disabilities must register with Disability Support Services. Call between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, 301 322-0838 to schedule an appointment.
Copying versus helping: It is a very simple matter to copy someone else's project or to ask a friend to write a project for you. It is more difficult to ask that friend to help you understand the concepts and then assist in correcting your project. The former is cheating; the latter is legitimate student-to-student tutoring. The former teaches you nothing, though it may get you a perfect score on a given project; the latter improves your ability to tackle the next project, the next exam, and the next assignment after that. While naturally I do my best to discourage cheating, I also encourage you to work with each other to improve your understanding, that is, to tutor and assist each other. I expect that you will always be able to explain your project. If you cannot explain it, I will assume that you didn't do it, and I will grade it accordingly. If you are unsure of the difference between helping and cheating, it is better to err on the side of caution. Also, review carefully the Indiana University Writing Center’s guidelines concerning plagiarism found at http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html.