IT 320

System and Network Administration (3 credits)


Course Information:This course introduces operating systems and network administration and presents topics related to selection, installation, configuration, and maintenance of operating systems and computer networks. Topics to be covered include: Unix and Windows operating systems installation, configuration, and maintenance, server administration and management, client and server services, user and group management and support, software systems installation and configuration, content management and deployment, security management, network administration, backup management and disaster recovery, resource management, automation management, operating systems and Web domain management, operating systems and application version control management. A laboratory component will provide hands-on experience with system and network administration.

Prerequisite:  Upper-level IT eligibility. Corequisite: IT 310.

Required/Elective: Required

Course Outcomes:

Students should be capable of:

  1. Performing system maintenance, reconfiguration, service packs/updates, and software applications, installation, and configuration.
  2. Managing server and client services.
  3. Performing automatic job scheduling, backup management, and disaster recovery.
  4. Performing user and group management and user support.
  5. Configure, administer, and maintain VLANs, DNS, DHCP, network addresses, and email servers.

Student Outcomes: 

C.  An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

J. An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies

K. An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems

M. An understanding of best practices and standards and their application

Course Topics:

  1. Unix systems and user support
  2. Operating systems installation, management, configuration and maintenance (service packs, patches)
  3. Server administration and management (print, file, email, and Web) and client services
  4. Network administration, including DNS, DHCP, IP addresses, and email services
  5. Content management and deployment (file system planning and structure)
  6. User, group, policy, and security management
  7. Backup management and disaster recovery
  8. Resource management
  9. Automation management (job and backup scheduling)
  10. Application and version control management

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today