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Monash University

FIT2018 Network and systems administration - Semester 1, 2014

This unit will provide students with fundamentals and theoretical foundations of network and systems administration. In addition, students will acquire practical skills needed to plan, provide and manage networks through laboratory activities and projects.

This unit covers the following topics: Network administration scope, goals, and philosophy; IT system components and network structures; host computer and user management; standards, technology and protocols; managing networked devices; management issues: planning, implementation, fault diagnosis and performance; network documentation; security and administration; provision and management of common network and application services.

Mode of Delivery

Malaysia (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours of independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


CPE3012, CPE5013, CSE3153, CPE2009, FIT3149


One of CPE1007, CPE2002, CSE2318, CSE3318, FIT1005, FIT1031, FIT2008 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Nik Nailah Binti Abdullah

Consultation hours: Monday 9 to 12

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units (SETU) survey. The University’s student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash’s educational strategy, see:

www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/ and on student evaluations, see: www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Based on previous student feedback this unit is well structured. Minor changes to the Tutorials/Laboratories have been made for this semester.

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have -A knowledge and understanding of:
  • the role of a network administrator;
  • the configuration and management of network infrastructure protocols used in internets (such as ICMP, DHCP, DNS, LDAP etc);
  • host computer and user management;
  • network application protocols used by network management systems (such as SNMP, RMON);
  • factors involved in and be able to manage the security, reliability and performance of computer networks.
The ability to:
  • adopt a problem-solving approach;
  • independently research topics and resolve problems associated with network management;
  • understand and use a range of hardware and software tools for network and systems administration;
  • install, configure and manage network application services such as name, database, mail and web servers;
  • act in accordance with best practice, industry standards and professional ethics.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to Network Administration  
2 System and Network Components  
3 TCP/IP Networking  
4 TCP/IP Network Administration Assessment Task 2 commences during tutorials of Week 4 through to Week 9
5 TCP/IP Network Services  
6 Electronic Mail and Users  
7 Network Security  
8 Directory Services and Network Monitoring  
9 Switching and Routing  
10 Wide Area Networking  
11 Network Maintenance and Operations Assessment Task 1: Project demonstrations during tutorials
12 Other Network Matters and Revisions Assessment Task 1: Report due
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning. 
Lectures will cover theory, standards, and ethics, which will be put into practice in a hands-on lab environment.

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Network Administration Project 30% Week 11 - Presentation; Week 12 - Report
Tutorial/Lab Assessments Total of 30% spread across several tutorial/lab assessments. During tutorials of Week 4 through to Week 9
Examination 1 40% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Network Administration Project
    Students in groups of at most four members will be required to build, document, and demonstrate a TCP/IP network, configured with essential network services and additional features. Several base scenarios will be available to choose from as a starting point. Time will be allocated during some tutorials for work on the project using equipment in the labs. Students will be expected to answer questions about their system during the demonstration.
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. The network and its services work as intended: 50% of the project mark
    2. The report documents the system and indicates a correct understanding of how the network components fit into the whole. The report and demonstration are 30% of project mark.
    3. The project management component will constitute the remaining 20% of the project's total marks, and will also be used to assess individual contributions to the project outcome.
    Due date:
    Week 11 - Presentation; Week 12 - Report
  • Assessment task 2
    Tutorial/Lab Assessments
    During a number of tutorials, students will be assessed as they accomplish configuration, installation and operational tasks. The entire tutorial period may be allotted for the assessment, with tutors on hand to provide reasonable assistance. 
    Total of 30% spread across several tutorial/lab assessments.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Individuals will be required to demonstrate correct configuration, installation, analysis, troubleshooting or operation of one or two network components, which would combine both hardware and software. Partially correct executions of what is required will be awarded partial points. Students may be asked to explain their work as part of assessing the correctness of what was accomplished.

    Due date:
    During tutorials of Week 4 through to Week 9
    Students will be allowed to consult whatever references they can find, whether in print or online, but they may not consult other students of this unit on any campus at any time during the assessment.


  • Examination 1
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Reading list

•   Nemeth, E., Snyder, G., Hein, T., Whaley, B., UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition), Prentice-Hall, 2010.

•   Limonchelli, T. A., Hogan, C. J., Chalup, S. R., The Practice of System and Network Administration (2nd Edition), Addison-Wesley, 2007.

•   Burgess, M., Principles of Network and System Administration (2nd Edition), Wiley, 2004. 

•   Burke, J.R., Network Management Concepts and Practice: a Hands-on Approach, Pearson, 2004.

•   Stallings, W., Data and Computer Communications (7th Edition), Prentice Hall, 2004.

•   Hunt, C., TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd Edition), OReilly, 2002.

•   Mikalsen, A. and Borgesen, P., Local Area Network Management, Design and Security, John Wiley and Sons, 2002.

•   Subramanian, M.. Network Management: Principles and Practice, Addison Wesley, 2000.

•   Stallings, W., SNMP, SNMPv2, SNMPv3 and RMON I and II (3rd Edition), Addison Wesley, 1998.

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Interviews
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

All references in the project should be identified and properly cited in the project report. Failure to do so may constitute an act of plagiarism if the source material is neither paraphrased sufficiently nor quoted.

Refer to the Library Guides for Citing and Referencing at http://guides.lib.monash.edu/content.php?pid=88267&sid=656564

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

You will need access to the following software:

  • A virtual machine platform. For compatibility with the labs, use VirtualBox 4.0.14 (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_4_0). You are free to use any combination of virtualisation platform and operating system, but only VirtualBox 4.0.n and the operating system images distributed as part of the unit materials will be directly supported.
  • A vector graphics tool for creating diagrams. Dia is recommended: (http://dia-installer.de/) the current Dia release (0.97.2) has been tested successfully on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS X.

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

Northcutt, Stephen. (2004). IT Ethics Handbook : Right and Wrong for IT Professionals. (http://library.monash.edu.au/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=2327958) Syngress.

Other Information


Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash’s Education Policies at: www.policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.


Essential System Administration References:


Principles of Network and System Administration. 

TCP/IP Network Administration, 3rd Edition 


LDAP System Administration 

Cisco IOS in a Nutshell

Wicked Cool Shell Scripts : 101 Scripts for Linux, Mac OS X, and UNIX Systems 

Cyber Crime Investigator's Field Guide

The IT Regulatory and Standards Compliance Handbook

The Illustrated Network: how TCP/IP Works in a modern network

Network Consultants Handbook

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