1 x 60-minute lecture-1 weekly
1 x 60-minute lecture-2 weekly
1 x 180-minute laboratory weekly
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR3821 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Computer skills such as can be obtained in COMP8801 Computer Programming 2 GE, ENGR9881 Computer Networks GE or COMP9812 Operating Systems GE.
Topic description

This topic provides practical experience in using command line interfaces on networked systems.

This topic covers programming techniques and tools used to administer standalone and networked computer systems, including the use of scripting languages and programs to automate everyday administrative tasks, and to monitor and control running systems and the use of administrative programs and tools to monitor and adjust system performance and capacity.

Educational aims

Students will gain a demonstrated ability to work with File permissions, IPv4, IPv6, firewalls/security, ports, ethernet, switching/routing, file sharing, SSL/TLS, Firmware updates, OS maintenance/updates, ID management, authentication/passwords, local/global OpenID, LDAP, Unix and Windows scripting, C programming.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the components necessary for keeping a network running smoothly
  2. Analyse network problems using appropriate monitoring techniques
  3. Apply administrative tools to monitor and control networks
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of tools to maintain network performance and capacity
  5. Create scripts and programs for Unix and Windows systems to automate everyday tasks
  6. Understanding of the different classes of administrative control interfaces, e.g., command-line, graphical interface, API-based, their relative strengths, weaknesses and relationships, and their use in commonly available networking products

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.