System Administration – CSIS 352

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Principles of system administration activities, applications, operating systems, and domains; analysis of computing applications, infrastructures, architectures, firmware, hardware, disaster recovery, security, and enterprise deployment.


(BMIS 320 or CSIS 320) or CSIS 345


In a world where networks are ubiquitous, system administrators are needed more than ever. However, system administrators’ job duties are rarely clear. In this course, essential aspects of system administration will be covered, providing students the opportunity to develop the skills required to analyze and troubleshoot systems as represented in the workplace today.

Some of the topics covered include: network foundations, change processes, provision of system services, security policies, backup deployment and disaster recovery, network design, software installation and maintenance, and configuration management.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview within information technology.
  2. Examine the primary components of administrative domains.
  3. Select appropriate IT architectures to meet business requirements.
  4. Analyze applications to solve organizational needs.
  5. Formulate a system installation, configuration, and deployment.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum.

Research Paper

The student will write a research-based paper in current APA format. The paper will be 5–7 pages long and will focus on a system administration project-based topic. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Projects (3)

The student will complete three projects that focus on system administration tasks.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice or true/false and 2 short answer questions, and have a 25-minute time limit.