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Syllabus for CSIS 2620 - Network Administration I
TR: 8:30-9:50am ELC306

Text:    SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Fundamentals and Administration,Novell Press, Courses 3101 and 3102, student kit.

Course Objectives:

  1. This course provides practical experience with introductory network administration concepts.
  2. Identify employment opportunities within the network administration industry.
  3. Ethical issues are discussed in class.  Students are encouraged to engage in an internship with a local business in their IT department.
  4. Analysis of business needs is necessary in designing a network that fits the requirements of the specific business need.
  5. Network administration is constantly changing and students interested in this area must be committed to continually updating their knowledge of the industry.

ABET Program Outcome (C) is assessed by this course: An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

Course Approach:

This course is a mix of lecture and hands-on exercises.  The text, lecture materials and the Internet will serve as the major sources of information for this course.  Your responsibility as a student is to read the text, attend class sessions, take thorough notes, complete assigned tasks, and complete all exams.  Questions are always encouraged and welcome.

There is a certification associated with this course. Novell's Certified Linux Administrator 11. The manuals and workbooks are designed to help you complete this certification. If a student wants to get this certification, they can take the associated exam, and if they pass, they will receive full credit on the exams for this class, essentially giving them an A in the class. The certification exam must be taken before finals week of the semester they are registered for the class.

Comfortable Learning Environment:

Students with medical, psychological, learning, or other disabilities desiring academic adjustments, accommodations, or auxiliary aids will need to contact the Southern Utan University Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), in Room 206F of the Sharwan Smith Center, phone (435)865-8022.  SSD determines eligibility for and authorizes the provision of services.


Exercises/Assignments 40%
Exams & Quizzes 40%
Attendance & Participation 20%


Hands-On exercises are contained in the workbooks. Due dates will be posted on eLearning. All assignments must be saved as either a docx or odt file. Screen shots are optional, but helpful. The following must be included in each assignment write-up:

  • What was done. This includes clearly identifying the assignment (e.g. 3101: 1-1). Since there are two workbooks, please identify which workbook the assignment is coming from.
  • What was learned.
  • How it applies to a Network Administrator.


Quizzes, both announced and unannounced, will be given throughout the semester and may cover material previously discussed or to be discussed in class that day.  Students are encouraged to read and review discussion materials before class.

Late Work:

Late work will be accepted within two days of the announced due date.  Late work will receive an automatic grade reduction of 25%.  Late work turned in after the two day grace period will not be accepted.

Make-up Exams:

Make-up exams will be given for university-approved absences or absences pre-approved by the instructor.  Illness, unless the instructor is notified in advance of the exam period, is not considered justification for make-up exams.  Make-up exams, when given, will be at a time convenient to the instructor.  Final exams are to be taken at the designated time and place.  In extreme cases the final may be taken at a different time, however, the student must pay an early exam fee to the SUU Registrar's office and a copy of the receipt must be provided to the instructor before the exam is taken.


HEOA Compliance statement:

The sharing of copyrighted material through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, except as provided under U.S. copyright law, is prohibited by law. Detailed information can be found at http://www.suu.edu/it/p2p-student-notice.html.


In case of emergency, the University's Emergency Notification System (ENS) will be activated. Students are encouraged to maintain updated contact information using the link on the homepage of the mySUU portal. In addition, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Emergency Response Protocols posted in each classroom. Detailed information about the University's emergency management plan can be found at http://www.suu.edu/ad/facilities/emergencyprocedures.

Academic Integrity:

    Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and about what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.

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