Syllabus for ITS-261



Linux addresses fundamentals of the Linux operating system. Topics include system installation and configuration, basic system administration, system updates, network services configuration, printer configuration, system services, and scripting. Students also analyze Linux's security models to protect information from unauthorized access.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Describe Linux community and careers in open sourcing.


CO2        Use simple Linux commands to create directories, files, and to get help.


CO3        Execute with command line and scripts.


CO4        Explain the Linux operating system. 

CO5          Establish security and file permissions.


The following uCertify course will serve as your virtual textbook for the course:

uCertify provides interactive online courses that help students prepare for various certification exams. In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the uCertify course as an interactive textbook with chapters and lessons, quizzes, exercises, performance-based labs, and more to aid in learning about topics in cybersecurity.

Access to the uCertify course is provided through the uCertify course: Linux Essentials link located in the uCertify Assignments section of the course website. When you click the link (LTI connector) for the first time, you will be redirected to a paywall that will ask you for a one-time payment. Once you have made your payment, you will have access to the uCertify course and can navigate to specific chapters and lessons (uCertify uses these designations interchangeably) and all associated activities (quizzes, exercises, and labs) through the student dashboard.

Required Open Source Software


Linux is a three-credit, online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take lesson quizzes and a proctored final examination, and complete a final course project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You will be required to participate in six graded online discussion assignments. There is also one ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.

Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. The purpose of the discussion forums is to help make the connection between the course concepts and the goals of the course. In discussion posts, you express your opinions and thoughts, provide support and evidence for the position(s) you take on a subject, and have the opportunity to ask questions and expand on insights provided by your classmates. Active participation is vital to your overall success in this course.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. These written assignments are to help you learn and explore Linux basics using Ubuntu Linux distributions. They will also help you prepare for the final course project.

uCertify Lesson Quizzes

Each uCertify lesson includes a lesson quiz. Access the quiz by going to the uCertify Table of Contents and selecting “Quizzes” for that lesson. To receive credit for the quiz, you must score 100% on the quiz when taken in Test mode. You may initially take the quiz in Learn or Review mode, but to receive credit for this activity, you must ultimately score 100% on the quiz when taken in Test mode.

Lesson quizzes are formative activities. You may take them as many times as necessary. At the end of the test, once you have achieved a score of 100%, share your results by downloading the PDF file and submitting it to the mentor using the appropriate assignment link in Moodle.

Final Course Project

You are required to complete a final comprehensive course project. It consists of a series of questions that require you prepare scripts to perform tasks that can be run in a Linux shell. For details of the final project, please refer to the Final Project area of the course website.

Final Examination

You are required to take one proctored online examination: a final exam. The exam requires that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course website. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

The final exam is one hour long and covers all of the material in the course from Module 1 through Module 6. It consists of multiple-choice questions only.

The exam is closed book; you are not allowed to have any materials with you during your final exam administration.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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