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Assignment List for CIS 261 – Operating Systems/UNIX

Winter 2014 (Revised 1/5/14)

 


Getting Started (Orientation) -

 

Reading Assignment:

Course Syllabus and Assignments List (Getting Started folder on the Canvas website under the “Lessons” tab – https://olympic.instructure.com)

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: January 11, 2014
Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 20 – 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: 2 - 3 paragraphs

Please provide some information on your background, education, work experience and personal interests that you would like to share with the rest of the class. Where are you from?  What do you do for a living?  What do you hope to get out of this course? … Please indicate how many courses you have taken to-date through Olympic College and WAOL (Washington Online) and if you are taking any additional courses this term.  If you have any IT experience, do not hesitate to reveal it.  Please share your expectations for this on-line course and the Olympic College program in which you are currently enrolled.

Assignment Type: Survey Due Date: January 11, 2014

Points Possible: 10* (Extra Credit) Project Duration: 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Complete the Canvas Pre-Survey found within the Getting Started Assignment folder under the Getting Started folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.  Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete this survey before the assignment due date (found above).

 


Module 1 -

Reading Assignment:

Ch. 1 (Eckert) – Introduction to Linux

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: January 18, 2014
Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 1 - 2 hours

Deliverable Length: 4 - 5 paragraphs

Nuts about Linux (LUG Nuts, LUG = Linux User's Group) -

You are contacted by a project organizer for a university computer science fair. The project organizer asks you to hold a forum that discusses the origins of the Linux operating system, including how it has evolved and continues to develop. The main focus of this forum is to encourage university students toward participating in the open source community and, as a result, should also detail the philosophy, major features, and methods of the hacker culture. Prepare a bulleted list of the major topics that you will discuss and write down some sample questions that you anticipate from the participants as well as your responses.

Post your answer on the Discussion Board. Be an active participant in the discussion by responding to at least two of your classmates’ posts before the assignment due date.

Assignment Type: Labs Due Date: January 18, 2014

Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 2 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

In class we installed Fedora 13 in a VMware virtual machine. Using one of the other available Linux ISO images (a different version or a different distribution), create another virtual machine (at home or in the T-213 Lab), take a screenshot of the finished installation and upload it into the Module 1 Assignment Drop Box.  (If you plan on making use of the T-213 Lab, then you can ask the instructor or lab technician for help if you need assistance with locating the ISO images for various free and open source software [FOSS] operating systems).

Complete the following TestOut! LabSim(s).  The grade for this assignment will be manually entered into the grade book.

Using the TestOut software (CompTIA’s Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-101 and LX0-102) provided in the networking lab (or loaded at home) complete the following LabSim section(s).  Include a screenshot of your completed LabSim homework (see the example under the “Getting Started” Module on Canvas) at the end of your final homework document and upload a single Word-compatible document with this screenshot and your Hands-On Project/Case Project, to the Module Drop Box, in order to get full credit for this assignment.

 

Section 0.1 – Introduction

 

Assignment Type: Quiz Due Date: January 18, 2014

Points Possible: 40 Project Duration: 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Finish the Module 1 Exam found within the Module 1 Assignments folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.  Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete the assessment before the assignment due date (found above).  This is an open book exam, which must be completed at home.

 


Module 2 -

Reading Assignment:

Ch. 2 (Eckert) - Linux Installation and Usage

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: January 25, 2014
Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 1 - 2 hours

Deliverable Length: 4 - 5 paragraphs

Command you to Copy -

You are the network administrator for Slimjim, a peripheral device company. The net-work uses Linux and you need information on some commands to perform your job. Open the manual pages and find all the commands that have the word “copy” in their name or description. What command did you use to accomplish this task? Are there any commands in this list that only a root user can execute? How are they indicated?

Post your answer on the Discussion Board. Be an active participant in the discussion by responding to at least two of your classmates’ posts before the assignment due date. 

Assignment Type: Labs Due Date: January 25, 2014

Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 4 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

Complete the Hands-On Project - Hands-On Project 2-3, Hands-On Project 2-4, Hands-On Project 2-5, Hands-On Project 2-6, and Hands-On Project 2-7 from Chapter 2. Submit a single document, addressing each and every question, with a liberal number of screenshots of the steps to show completion of all tasks, along with a screenshot of your LabSim homework (see below) for this module.

Complete the following TestOut! LabSim(s).  The grade for this assignment will be manually entered into the grade book.

Using the TestOut software (CompTIA’s Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-101 and LX0-102) provided in the networking lab (or loaded at home) complete the following LabSim section(s).  Include a screenshot of your completed LabSim homework (see the example under the “Getting Started” Module on Canvas) at the end of your final homework document and upload a single Word-compatible document with this screenshot and your Hands-On Project/Case Project, to the Module Drop Box, in order to get full credit for this assignment.

Section 1.1 - The Shell

Section 1.2 - Help

Section 2.0 (All) - Installation and Localization

Section 8.0 (All) - Hardware Installation

Assignment Type: Quiz Due Date: January 25, 2014

Points Possible: 40 Project Duration: 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Finish the Module 2 Exam found within the Module 2 Assignments folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.  Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete the assessment before the assignment due date (found above).  This is an open book exam, which must be completed at home.

 


Module 3 -

Reading Assignment:

Ch. 3 (Eckert) - Exploring Linux Filesystems

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: February 1, 2014
Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 1 - 2 hours

Deliverable Length: 3 - 4 paragraphs

Exploring Linux Filesystems and Viewing File Contents -

You are the systems administrator for a scientific research company that employs over 100 scientists who write and run Linux programs to analyze their work. All of these programs are stored in each scientist’s home directory on the Linux system. One scientist has left the company, and you are instructed to retrieve any work from that scientist’s home directory. When you enter the home directory for that user, you notice that there are very few files and only two directories (one named Projects and one named Lab). List the commands that you would use to navigate through this user’s home directory and view filenames and file types. If there are any text files, what commands could you use to view their contents?

Post your answer on the Discussion Board. Be an active participant in the discussion by responding to at least two of your classmates’ posts before the assignment due date.

Assignment Type: Labs Due Date: February 1, 2014

Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 4 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

Complete the Hands-On Projects - Hands-On Project 3-1, Hands-On Project 3-2, Hands-On Project 3-3, Hands-On Project 3-4, Hands-On Project 3-5, Hands-On Project 3-6, and Hands-On Project 3-7 from Chapter 3. Submit a single document, addressing each and every question, with a liberal number of screenshots of the steps to show completion of all tasks, along with a screenshot of your LabSim homework (see below) for this module.

Complete the following TestOut! LabSim(s).  The grade for this assignment will be manually entered into the grade book.

Using the TestOut software (CompTIA’s Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-101 and LX0-102) provided in the networking lab (or loaded at home) complete the following LabSim section(s).  Include a screenshot of your completed LabSim homework (see the example under the “Getting Started” Module on Canvas) at the end of your final homework document and upload a single Word-compatible document with this screenshot and your Hands-On Project/Case Project, to the Module Drop Box, in order to get full credit for this assignment.

Section 1.5 - Text Editors

Section 1.7 - Directories

Section 1.8 - Files

Assignment Type: Quiz Due Date: February 1, 2014

Points Possible: 40 Project Duration: 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Finish the Module 3 Exam found within the Module 3 Assignments folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.  Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete the assessment before the assignment due date (found above).  This is an open book exam, which must be completed at home.

 


Module 4 -

Reading Assignment:

Ch. 4 (Eckert) – Linux Filesystem Management

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: February 8, 2014
Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 1 - 2 hours

Deliverable Length: 4 - 5 paragraphs

Hitting the Links -

Discuss the difference(s) between a hard and symbolic link. When might you use one instead of the other? And why?

Post your answer on the Discussion Board. Be an active participant in the discussion by responding to at least two of your classmates’ posts before the assignment due date.

Assignment Type: Labs Due Date: February 8, 2014

Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 10 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

Complete the Hands-On Projects - Hands-On Project 4-1, Hands-On Project 4-2, Hands-On Project 4-3, Hands-On Project 4-4, Hands-On Project 4-5, Hands-On Project 4-6, Hands-On Project 4-7, Hands-On Project 4-8, Hands-On Project 4-9, and Hands-On Project 4-10 from Chapter 4. Submit a single document, addressing each and every question, with a liberal number of screenshots of the steps to show completion of all tasks, along with a screenshot of your LabSim homework (see below) for this module.

Complete the following TestOut! LabSim(s).  The grade for this assignment will be manually entered into the grade book.

Using the TestOut software (CompTIA’s Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-101 and LX0-102) provided in the networking lab (or loaded at home) complete the following LabSim section(s).  Include a screenshot of your completed LabSim homework (see the example under the “Getting Started” Module on Canvas) at the end of your final homework document and upload a single Word-compatible document with this screenshot and your Hands-On Project/Case Project, to the Module Drop Box, in order to get full credit for this assignment.

Section 1.4 - Aliases

Section 1.9 - Links

Section 1.10 - Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS)

Section 1.11 - Locating and Searching Files

Sections 7.6 - Ownership

Sections 7.7 - Permissions

Assignment Type: Quiz Due Date: February 8, 2014

Points Possible: 40 Project Duration: 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Finish the Module 4 Exam found within the Module 4 Assignments folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.  Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete the assessment before the assignment due date (found above).  This is an open book exam, which must be completed at home.

 


Module 5 -

Reading Assignment:

Ch. 5 (Eckert) – Linux Filesystem Administration

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: February 15, 2014
Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 1 - 2 hours

Deliverable Length: 3 - 4 paragraphs

Exploring Linux Filesystems and Viewing File Contents -

Provided you have access to a functional Web browser and Internet connection, gather information on four filesystems compatible with Linux. For each filesystem, list the situation for which the filesystem was designed and the key features that the filesystem provides.

Post your answer on the Discussion Board. Be an active participant in the discussion by responding to at least two of your classmates’ posts before the assignment due date.

Assignment Type: Labs Due Date: February 15, 2014

Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 6 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

Complete the Hands-On Projects - Hands-On Project 5-1Hands-On Project 5-2Hands-On Project 5-3Hands-On Project 5-4Hands-On Project 5-5Hands-On Project 5-6, and Hands-On Project 5-7 from Chapter 5. Submit a single document, addressing each and every question, with a liberal number of screenshots of the steps to show completion of all tasks for this module.

Complete the following TestOut! LabSim(s).  The grade for this assignment will be manually entered into the grade book.

Using the TestOut software (CompTIA’s Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-101 and LX0-102) provided in the networking lab (or loaded at home) complete the following LabSim section(s).  Include a screenshot of your completed LabSim homework (see the example under the “Getting Started” Module on Canvas) at the end of your final homework document and upload a single Word-compatible document with this screenshot and your Hands-On Project/Case Project, to the Module Drop Box, in order to get full credit for this assignment.

Sections 7.1 – Disk Partitions

Sections 7.2 – File Systems

Sections 7.3 – Mounting File Systems

Sections 7.4 – File System Maintenance

Sections 7.5 – Disk Quotas

Assignment Type: Quiz Due Date: February 15, 2014

Points Possible: 40 Project Duration: 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Finish the Module 5 Exam found within the Module 5 Assignments folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.  Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete the assessment before the assignment due date (found above).  This is an open book exam, which must be completed at home.

 


Module 6 -

Reading Assignment:

Ch. 6 (Eckert) – Advanced Installation

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: February 22, 2014
Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 1 - 2 hours

Deliverable Length: 4 - 6 paragraphs

Linux and the Use of RAID Controllers -

Provided you have an Internet connection and functional Web browser, gather information on three different commercial RAID controllers that perform RAID level 5, and write a short report (at least 1 page) that compares and contrasts their features and cost. In what situations would you use each one?

Post your answer on the Discussion Board. Be an active participant in the discussion by responding to at least two of your classmates’ posts before the assignment due date.

Assignment Type: Labs Due Date: February 22, 2014

Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 4 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

Complete the Hands-On Projects - Hands-On Project 6-1Hands-On Project 6-2Hands-On Project 6-3, and Hands-On Project 6-4 from Chapter 6. For Hands-On Project 6-2, Be sure to copy the floppy disk image file from the "Module 6 Software Utilities Folder" to the same folder where the ISO image for the version of Fedora that you’re installing is found.  Make sure to "mount" the floppy disk image using the "Edit Settings" feature of the virtual machine that you are using, before beginning the installation of Fedora.  This way, the kickstart file will be available to the installation (from a virtual floppy diskette), so as to facilitate the automated installation of Fedora in a virtual machine environment.  Submit a single document, addressing each and every question, with a liberal number of screenshots of the steps to show completion of all tasks for this module.

Complete the following TestOut! LabSim(s).  The grade for this assignment will be manually entered into the grade book.

Using the TestOut software (CompTIA’s Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-101 and LX0-102) provided in the networking lab (or loaded at home) complete the following LabSim section(s).  Include a screenshot of your completed LabSim homework (see the example under the “Getting Started” Module on Canvas) at the end of your final homework document and upload a single Word-compatible document with this screenshot and your Hands-On Project/Case Project, to the Module Drop Box, in order to get full credit for this assignment.

None

Assignment Type: Quiz Due Date: February 22, 2014

Points Possible: 40 Project Duration: 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Finish the Module 6 Exam found within the Module 6 Assignments folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.  Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete the assessment before the assignment due date (found above).  This is an open book exam, which must be completed at home.

 


Module 7 -

Reading Assignment:

Ch. 7 (Eckert) – Working with the BASH Shell

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: March 1, 2014
Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 1 - 2 hours

Deliverable Length: 3 - 4 paragraphs

Working with BASH -

What would happen if the user executed the following command?

tr a A </ etc/ hosts | sort – r | pr – d >/ etc/ hosts

Explain the output. Could you write this in a different or better way? If yes, how?

Post your answer on the Discussion Board. Be an active participant in the discussion by responding to at least two of your classmates’ posts before the assignment due date.

Assignment Type: Labs Due Date: March 1, 2014

Points Possible: 30 Project Duration: 8 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

Complete the Hands-On Projects - Hands-On Project 7-1Hands-On Project 7-2Hands-On Project 7-3Hands-On Project 7-4, and Hands-On Project 7-5 from Chapter 7. Submit a single document, addressing each and every question, with a liberal number of screenshots of the steps to show completion of all tasks, along with a screenshot of your LabSim homework (see below) for this module.

Complete the following TestOut! LabSim(s).  The grade for this assignment will be manually entered into the grade book.

Using the TestOut software (CompTIA’s Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-101 and LX0-102) provided in the networking lab (or loaded at home) complete the following LabSim section(s).  Include a screenshot of your completed LabSim homework (see the example under the “Getting Started” Module on Canvas) at the end of your final homework document and upload a single Word-compatible document with this screenshot and your Hands-On Project/Case Project, to the Module Drop Box, in order to get full credit for this assignment.

Section 1.3 - Environment Variables

Section 1.6 - Redirection and Piping

Section 10.2 - Scripts

Section 10.3 - Text Stream Processing

 

Assignment Type: Quiz Due Date: March 1, 2014

Points Possible: 40 Project Duration: 30 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Finish the Module 7 Exam found within the Module 7 Assignments folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.  Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete the assessment before the assignment due date (found above).  This is an open book exam, which must be completed at home.

 


Module 8 -

 

Reading Assignment:

Review Chapters 1 - 7 (Eckert)

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: n/a
Points Possible: 0 Project Duration: n/a

Deliverable Length: n/a

None

Assignment Type: Final Project Due Date: March 15, 2014

Points Possible: 70 Project Duration: 5 - 10 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

 

For the Final Project follow the set of instructions under the Module 8 Instructions folder, under the Module 8: Final Project folder, under the “Lessons” tab, of your Canvas classroom, for completing a project that will call upon all of the foundational skills that you have learned so far for managing and maintaining a Linux-based host. Submit a single archived (e.g. .zip, .rar, .7z, etc.) Microsoft Word-compatible (e.g. .doc, .docx, .rtf, etc.) document and set of supporting files, including all of the “deliverables” specified in the assignment document, with a liberal number of screenshots of the steps to show completion of all tasks, to the Module 8 Assignment Drop Box for this module.

 

Be sure to begin this assignment by reading the Final Project Preparation document, which can also be found under the Module 8 Instructions folder of your Canvas classroom.

 

Assignment Type: Extra Credit Project Due Date: March 20, 2014

Points Possible: 40* (Extra Credit) Project Duration: 2 - 4 hours

Deliverable Length: N/A

 

Follow the instructions under the Module 8 Instructions folder for configuring your own YUM Repository Server and Client (requiring at least two Linux hosts). Submit a single Microsoft Word-compatible (e.g. .doc, .docx, .rtf, etc.) document, including all of the “deliverables” specified in the assignment document, with a liberal number of screenshots of the steps to show completion of all tasks, to the Module 8 Extra Credit Assignment Drop Box for this module.

 

 


Final Module – Course Wrap-up

 

Reading Assignment:

Review Chapters 1 - 7 (Eckert)

Assignment Type: Discussion Board Date Due: n/a
Points Possible: 0 Project Duration: n/a

Deliverable Length: N/A

None

Assignment Type: Certification Practice Exam Due Date: March 20, 2014

Points Possible: 25* (Extra Credit) Project Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Deliverable Length: n/a

 

Complete the following TestOut! LabSim. This assignment can only help your grade.

 

Using the TestOut software (CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-101 and LX0-102) provided in the networking lab (or loaded at home) complete the TestOut LX0-101 Certification Practice Exam.

Send me a screenshot of any one of your attempts to take the comprehensive "TestOut LX0-101 Certification Practice Exam" from the TestOut! LabSim product and I'll provide you with the passwords for the password-protected guides (under the “Final Module – Course Wrap-up” folder).

You must have a score of 75% or better to obtain the passwords.  If you achieve this objective, then the password will be posted to the “Remarks” section of the Drop Box where you uploaded your screenshot.  All scores, though, will receive a pro-rated percentage of the Extra Credit points.

Upload your screenshot to the “Final Module Assignment” Drop Box under the “Final Module – Course Wrap-up” folder of your Canvas website.
 

Assignment Type: Final Exam Due Date: March 20, 2014

Points Possible: 200 Project Duration: 120 minutes

Deliverable Length: N/A

Finish the Final Module Exam found within the Final Module Assignments folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom. Log into https://olympic.instructure.com and complete the assessment before the assignment due date (found above). This is an open book exam, which must be completed at home.


Assignment Type: Final Week Survey Due Date: March 20, 2014

Points Possible: 20* (Extra Credit) Project Duration: 1/2 hour

Deliverable Length: N/A

Complete the Faculty Assessment found within the Final Module Assignments sub-folder within the “Final Module – Course Wrap-up” folder under the “Lessons” tab within your Canvas online classroom.



   

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