CSCI 280: Principles of System Operation and Administration
Class Syllabus - Fall 2009

I. General Info:

Professor: Mr. David Tucker
Office Location: Doucette Hall, Room 203

Office Hours:

Monday: 1:00 to 3:00
Tuesday: 2:00 to 3:00
Wednesday: 2:00 to 3:00
Thursday: 2:00 to 3:00

Office Phone: (814) 732-2550

E-Mail Address:

Course Web Page:
Note: Check the site frequently for up-to-date information.

Class Meetings:  
Doucette 222

II. Catalog Description of Course:
This course acquaints students with the operation of computer devices and their operational concepts of a computer.  It emphasizes the administration of computer systems and the understanding of operating system software.

Perquisites: CSCI 130 or CSCI 207.  In addition to being required for the Computer Science Application track it can be taken as an elective for the CS theory track.  
This course is approved for General Education - Distribution 3

Additional Items To Note:

III. Course Textbook:

  1. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Managing and Maintaining, 4th Edition, by Laudon
  2. Linux Administration Handbook 2nd Edition, by Nemeth , Snyder, and Hein
IV. Course Objectives:
V. Required Materials:
  1. You'll need the book for sure
  2. Some ambition to learn sys admin.

VI. Assessment and Evaluation:

A. Projects: 
We'll have various network configuration projects throughout the semester.   I expect you to take careful notes and enter them into your notebook for the project.

B. Examinations: 
There will be three (3) major exams
.  Don't miss any of the exams

VII. Derivation of Final Grades:

Weights for Determining the Final Grade:
Homework/Quizzes - 20%
Projects - 30%

3 Exams & final with a total weight of 50% of your grade

The final score will be converted to a letter grade using the following scale:
90 < score < 100 A
80 < score < 89 B
70 < score < 79 C
60 < score < 69 D
0 < score < 59 F

- Incomplete grades will be assigned only if proper documentation is presented and the student has a passing grade in the course at the time of withdrawal (very rare).
- All assessment is based on results as it is unfair for the instructor to subjectively evaluate effort for each student in the class. 
- At the end of the course I usually give a curve, this will be given to students who have not missed more than one weeks worth of class, therefore in this class that means only one class!. This is very important, could be the difference between a letter grade.

VIII. American Disabilities Act Statement:
Any student who has a physical or learning disability which requires special accommodations should make an appointment to discuss this with the instructor.

IX. Academic Integrity:
You are expected to do all of the assigned work on your own.  Any student found to be cheating or plagiarizing with respect to any component of the course will be subject to immediate failure from the course.  This is very important in this course because of the tendency to help/give a copy of a project to another student.  This usually does more harm than good and will always reflect in your test score.  If you're getting A's on your projects but failing the exams, clearly you are copying your projects, because I base the exams heavily on the understanding of the projects.

X. Some Final Comments:
It is the instructor's intention to provide an environment that is relaxed and academically stimulating. You will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in the lecture.  

It is very clear that high performance in a class is linked with consistent attendance and reasonable effort. I do expect you to attend all classes and you are responsible for knowing about any announcements or assignments made during class. If missing a class is unavoidable, the student is expected to copy the lecture notes from one of her/his peers. Handouts distributed can be obtained from the instructor during office hours.  

Please do not use office hour time to make-up excessive unexcused absences. This course is taught in a lecture/laboratory style. While the instructor is lecturing, it is EXPECTED that no one will be working on the computers. It's rude and disruptive to both other students and the instructor.  Students are expected to use the lab time wisely while the instructor is there assist. Additionally, you should set several hours aside each week when you can come to one of the labs (or use an adequate home system) to finish the laboratory problems.  You can expect that this class will take many additional hours of out of class time to complete the projects.