MN506 - System Management

Credit Points: 20 credit points

Workload: 60 hours

Prerequisite: MN404 Fundamentals of Operating Systems and Programming(Non-Cognate Stream Only)

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a second trimester elective unit out of a total of 12 units in the Master of Networking (MNet). This unit addresses the MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in system management. For further course information refer MIT website: This unit is part of the AQF level 9 (MNet) course.

This unit provides students with in depth knowledge and advanced professional skills to manage and maintain network servers. They learn to manage resources, including server performance. They also gain capabilities for providing access to reliable information and services in a networked server environment. This unit also develops skills to be able to identify and diagnose possible problems and troubleshoot computer network administration systems using both Windows and Linux operating systems.

This practical "hands-on" unit will teach the essential skills of installing, using, and supporting operating systems and their administrative features. This unit provides students with the necessary training to ensure proficiency in client-server systems installation, utilization, and troubleshooting.

Unit topics:

  • Server technologies and architectures
  • Server and client services
  • Server configuration and management 
  • Application servers
  • Administrative domains
  • Emerging trends and case studies

Learning Outcomes

4.1 Course Learning Outcomes
The Course learning outcomes applicable to this unit are listed on the Melbourne Institute of Technology’s website: 

4.2 Unit Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:
a. Analyse and compare various server management systems;
b. Compare emerging tools and techniques for system management; 
c. Analyse human usability in systems and documentation within the context of constantly changing modern industry requirements; 
d. Plan and implement various application servers for an organisation; 
e. Manage servers and resources to support enterprise information systems.

Weekly Topics

This unit will cover the content below:

Week Topics
1 Introduction of server management, Operating Systems basics
2 UNIX File Permissions, Shell Scripting
3 Servers and Service
4 Service Monitoring: techniques and tools, SNMP
5 Remote OS update, Data centers and Networks
6 Introduction to LDAP architecture and services
7 Configuring TCP/IP IPV4 and IPV6, DNS and DHCP
8 Intro to Documentation, General backup, restoration & Security Troubleshooting, Disaster management
9 System documentation, Server Virtualisation
10 Anatomy of Mail servers and protocols, Directory backup
11 Storage disks and components: SSD and traditional drives, NAS and Desktop drives, RAID
12 Review


Assessment Task Due Date Release Date A B Learning Outcomes Assessed
Formative Assignment 1 Week 3 (10/4/2022) Week 1 5%   a
In-class test (On Campus, Face to Face) Week 5 (19/4/2022)     10% a-b
Assignment 2 Group Week 11 (1/6/2022) Week 6 25%   c-e
Class participation & contribution Week 2-11(7/6/2022) Week 2-11 10%   a-e
Final Examination (3 hours)       50% a-e
TOTALS     40% 60%  

Task Type: Type A: unsupervised, Type B: supervised.

Class Participation and Contribution
This unit has class participation and student contribution as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Textbook and Reference Materials

Text Book: None

Book References:

  • T. A. Limoncelli, C. J. Hogan, S. R. Chalup, Practice of System and Network Administration, The: Volume 1: DevOps and other Best Practices for Enterprise IT. 3rd ed., Addison-Wesley, 2017.
  • C. Vitari, J. Richet, J. Malaurent, P. Eynaud, D. Alban, Information Systems Management: Governance, Urbanization and Alignment, 1st ed, ISTE Ltd and John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2019
  • P. Lieverdink, J. Turnbull, D. Matotek, Pro Linux System Administration: Learn to Build Systems for Your Business Using Free and Open Source Software, 2nd Edition, Apress, 2017
  • J. Krause, Mastering Windows Server 2019: The complete guide for IT professionals to install and manage Windows Server 2019 and deploy new capabilities, 2nd Edition, Packt Publishing, 2019
  • A. Dean, Linux Administration Cookbook, 1st Edition, Packt Publishing, 2018.
  • K.. Laudon, J. Laudon, Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, 16th Edition, Pearson publishing, 2019

Adopted Reference Style: IEEE

Students are required to purchase the prescribed text and have it available each week in the class.

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials.
The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.