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Blinn College • Bryan • Business, Information Technology and Public Service • Comp Network Admin - ITSC

Linux Install and Config ITSC-1316

  • Spring 2018
  • Section 370 CRN-24175
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/16/2018 to 05/10/2018
  • Modified 01/11/2018

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:50 PM, Bryan Campus, F241


Q Drop Date - April 30

Final Exam - Thursday, May 10, 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Contact Information

Instructor: Mrs. Carol Wiggins

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: Brenham: BULL 104 and Bryan: F247
  • Phone: 979-830-4295
  • Website:

Office Hours:  Please call 979-830-4295,  979-398-2455, or email [email protected] to schedule as appointment outside of my posted office hours.


Posted Office Hours

BULL 104:

Monday/Wednesday   11:00 - 11:30 am


Tuesday/Thursday   11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Introduction to Linux operating system.  Includes Linux installation, basic administration, utilities and commands, upgrading, networking, security, and application installation.  Emphasizes hands-on setup, administration, and management of Linux.

3 lecture hours and 1 lab hour per week; 64 total contact hours.  Credit: 3 semester hours.


Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in ITNW 1325 and ITSC 1325 or approval of the Dean or designee

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Install, administer, and manage a Linux system.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency with Linux utilities, commands, and applications.
  3. Identify and resolve security-based issues.
  4. Integrate a Linux system into an existing network.


Red Hat System Administration I (RH124)

  • Publisher: Red Hat Academy
  • Availability: Online
  • Price: $50.00 each

You must register online to purchase the book.  Register at

Red Hat System Administration II (RH134)

  • Publisher: Red Hat Academy
  • Availability: Online
  • Price: $50.00

You must register online to purchase the book.  Register at

Course Requirements

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Exam - Optional

Transfers to BAAS degree at SHSU.

Transfers to BAS-IT degree at UHCL.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Exams 15%

 Two major exams

Labs 40%

Daily labs

Quizzes 20%

Quizzes periodically given

Class Participation 10%

Daily contributions to discussion and labs

Final Exam 15%

Comprehensive Final

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, and campus carry.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s BlinnBuc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for BlinnBuc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Student Email

Blinn students are issued email addresses by Blinn College. Your Blinn email account is the OFFICIAL means of communication between the instructor and the student.

Exam Review Procedures

Regular exams will be administered online. Students are encouraged to question exam answers via research and study. Opinions are nice but will not override facts. If there is an error in the questions or answers as posted, please notify me via email so the class may receive credit and the exam may be improved.

Reading and Research

In order to be successful in the computer field one must build an extensive personal library. Different authors and imprints have varied approaches as to how they present information. Books used in the program were selected based on extensive research by the instructors; however, the approach may not be a style which you find comfortable. To fully understand content and concepts you may need to acquire additional references or visit additional sources. You are encouraged to do research on the Web, visit the Blinn Library or purchase additional texts to aid in your education.

Information Technology Lab Hours and Decorum

The Program maintains a laboratory of computers that have all required application programs required by all IT courses. Use of the laboratory is required. The normal hours of operation of this lab are 0800 to 2100. The lab is closed on weekends and College holidays.

Because the laboratory and the classroom are the same room, please guard your behavior while classes are in session. Your dress and behavior should reflect your training for a professional position. Hats will be removed while in the lab. Food and tobacco products are not permitted. Recycle bins are stationed at both ladder wells for metal and plastic containers; use them instead of the lab trash cans for recyclable materials.

Removable Hard Drives

The Program maintains a large number of removable hard drives (rhd) for use in the Dell Precision T1700 tower workstations. When the instructor determines need, a student or team will be issued a rhd for a course, which is recorded on the deconfliction sheets posted on the blue doors to the front right side of the lab. Ensure proper insertion and locking of the rhd before powering the tower, and stopping of the tower before unlocking and removing the rhd from its cradle. Keys for the cradles stay in the lab. Deconfliction sheets may also indicate statically assigned IP addresses, in addition to the name of the student. Do not use a hard drive you have not been authorized. Store your rhd with the other rhds of its series on the shelves at the front of the lab. Maintain order and cleanliness of all lab spaces.

Professional Disclaimer

Working with computers in any area provides a very challenging career. Changes in the computer industry are very rapid. The computer industry has created a 24/7 existence and service requirements are almost always an emergency. If you know anything about a computer, most users expect you to know everything. As a computer professional you are expected to keep up with the technology in almost every area. Your training and education as a Network Administrator only begins at Blinn College. To keep up with the rapid changes and the expanding environment you must continue learning every day.

The Information Technology Program at Blinn College expects students to perform in class the same way they would on the job. As a student of Information Technology you must read assignments in advance, research topics outside of class, and submit professional quality assignments. In short, you work your way through the program as if you were employed by the program. The instructors of the Information Technology Program view your time at Blinn College as on-the-job training.

The Information Technology Program is small enough that we take a serious interest in all our students. Your academic and professional development is important to us because your success is our success. You are encouraged to communicate openly with your instructors; you are also encouraged to communicate with the program coordinator for any reason.

Learning Activities

Course information will be presented and described using a wide variety of methods. These methods may include but are not limited to, any of the following: Lecture, videos, slides, projects, web searches, student research resulting in written or oral reports, guest instructors, discussion of examinations, etc. 

Instructors will bring information to class from a variety of sources and will generally expand on information contained in the required readings.


The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments as necessary to enhance achievement of Student Learning Outcomes.

Week One

Meeting Details

Contact Hrs


Class Intro, RH124 Ch 1



RH124 Ch 2

Week Two

Meeting Details



RH124 Ch 3



RH124 Ch 4

Week Three

Week 3 Meeting Details



RH124 Ch 5



RH124 Ch 6

Week Four

Week 4 Meeting Details



RH124 Ch 7 & Ch 8



RH124 Ch 8 & Ch 9

Week Five

Week 5 Meeting Details



RH124 Ch 10



RH124 Ch 11

Week Six

Week 6 Meeting Details



RH124 Ch 12



RH124 Ch 13

Week Seven

Week 7 Meeting Details



RH124 Ch 14



RH124 Ch 15

Week Eight

Week 8 Meeting Details


Test 1 Available 3/5 - 3/9



RH 134 Ch 1


RH 134  Ch 2

Spring Break 3/12 - 3/16

Week Nine

Week 9 Meeting Details



RH 134 Ch 3



RH 134 Ch 4

Week Ten

Week 10 Meeting Details



RH 134 Ch 5



RH 134 Ch 6

Week Eleven

Week 11 Meeting Details



RH 134 Ch 7



RH 134  Ch 8 & Ch 9

Week Twelve

Week 12 Meeting Details



RH 134 Ch 9 & Ch 10



RH 134 Ch 10

Week Thirteen

Week 13 Meeting Details



RH 134 Ch 11



RH 134 Ch 12

Week Fourteen

Week 14 Meeting Details



RH 134 Ch 13



RH 134 Ch 14


Last Day to Q Drop

Week Fifteen

Week 15 Meeting Details


Test 2 Available 4/30 - 5/4


Week Sixteen - Finals Week

Week 16 Meeting Details


5/10 10:15 - 12:30

  Comprehensive Final



Total Contact Hours