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CMIT 291 6981 Introduction to Linux (2222)

CMIT 291 6981 Introduction to Linux (2222)

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CMIT 291 6981 Introduction to Linux (2222)CMIT-291

  • Spring 2022
  • Section 6981
  • 3 Credits
  • 02/16/2022 to 04/12/2022

 Class Summary

 Faculty Contact

Alfred Basta [email protected]

 Course Description

(Designed to help prepare for the Linux Professional Institute Certification 1 (LPIC-1) and the CompTIA Linux+ certification exams. Prerequisite: CMIT 202 or CMIT 265. A study of the Linux operating system. The goal is to configure and manage processes, user interfaces, device files, print facilities, file systems, task automation, the boot-up/shutdown sequence, disk storage, network connectivity, system security, and users and groups. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: CMIT 291, CMIS 390, CMIT 391, or CMIS 398U.

 Course Introduction

This course is a survey of the Linux operating system with an emphasis on system administration as applied to businesses and organizations. By the completion of this course, you will be able to configure, secure, and manage Linux systems. You will also be exposed to automation, cloud, scripting, and virtualization technologies.

You will participate in lab simulation activities and evaluate system administration concepts as applied to a fictional scenario. The primary focus is to manage user and group resources, secure a workstation on a network, and start and stop Linux operating system services. Concepts learned in this course will be directly applicable in the Linux system administration role. This class will also help you prepare for the CompTIA Linux+ certification exam.

 Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.
  • Evaluate and solve complex issues or problems.
  • Plan to meet the information technology needs of an organization using industry best practices.
  • Use the system development life cycle (SDLC) methodology in physical, virtual, and/or cloud environments.
  • Protect the digital assets of the organization by maintaining confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA).
  • Create, document, and communicate information technology policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Recognize ethical principles related to the use of information technology.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to obtain information technology certifications.

 Course Materials

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 Class Guidelines

Students with Questions or Concerns
If you have questions related to the course content or any of the graded deliverables, please contact the instructor. For questions and concerns related to advising, please write to [email protected] or call (301) 985-7000 or, toll-free, (800) 888-8682.

For other questions and concerns, you can contact your program chair by writing to [email protected] or by calling (240) 684-2840. Please be sure to mention the course name, course number, and your section number in the “Subject:” field of your e-mail. Your e-mail will be treated confidentially.

Contacting Advising or the Department

  • If you have questions related to the course content or any of the graded deliverables, please contact your instructor.
  • For questions and concerns related to advising, you can call 800-888-8682 (toll-free), or,  write to [email protected]  (if you are an undergraduate student), or [email protected] (if you are a graduate student).
  • For other questions and concerns about this class, you can contact your program director by writing to [email protected] . Please be sure to mention the course name, course number, and your section number in the “Subject:” field of your email. Your email will be treated confidentially.

Writing and Research
Effective writing is critical to the intellectual life of university students and graduates within the workplace. Effective managers are usually effective communicators. Your work in this course must demonstrate your ability to master and effectively communicate course content. Effective writing

  • Meets the needs of the reader
  • Adequately covers the subject
  • Uses expected conventions of format and organization
  • Demonstrates use of credible reasoning and evidence
  • Satisfies standards of style and grammatical correctness
  • Requires 100% compliance with UMGC’s zero-tolerance policy regarding plagiarism

Use of TurnItIn

All CMIT courses and sections are now using TurnItIn to check student projects for originality. See the TurnItIn section under Academic Policies (in this syllabus) for more information about the TurnItIn Originality Checking Service. 

See the announcement titled “Use of TurnItIn” for specific information pertaining to TurnItIn use in this class.

If you wish to not have your paper stored in Turnitin, you must notify your instructor within the first two weeks of the course.

Originality Statement
All materials submitted must be original materials developed solely for use in this class and must conform to UMGC’s academic policies.  Submission of reused materials may result in a reduced grade or non-acceptance of the assignment at the faculty member’s discretion.

Attendance and Participation
Although attendance does not contribute to your grade, participation does. By registering for an online or hybrid course, you have made a commitment to participate in class discussions and activities as well as other online activities.  Please plan to participate regularly. You will note in the grading policy that your participation counts towards your final grade.  

All students will be held to the highest standards for language and content in e-mails and conference interaction (including attachments). Abusive and derogatory language and unacceptable content will not be tolerated. Any student engaging in this type of behavior will be reported to the UMGC provost. Please read the UMGC Policy on the Code of Student Conduct, which is located under the Syllabus and Academic Policies link. All interaction must be relevant to the topic being discussed and show a reasoned approach to the discussion. If possible, include information from the text and other sources to make your point.

Do not expect an Incomplete in the course unless you have serious personal problems that occur very close to the end of the term. The University of Maryland Global Campus regulations are strict about the assignment and extension timeframe of an Incomplete. UMGC’s Policy on the Grade of Incomplete and Withdrawal.

Accessibility Statement
If you have a disability and need accommodations, you must register with Veteran and Disabled Student Affairs. You must provide documentation of the disability and its impact on your performance in the course in order to receive accommodations. Please contact Veteran and Disabled Student Affairs at 240-684-2287 or 800-888-UMGC, extension 2287, or by e-mail at [email protected]. The first time you register for services, you will be required to provide current (within three years) paperwork documenting your disability to support your request for accommodation. Documentation may include:

  • medical or psychological reports and diagnoses
  • aptitude and achievement results and evaluations
  • other documentation considered appropriate by UMGC

Access an overview of Accessibility Services in the student guide .

 Grading Information

This course consists of the following graded items: 

Discussion Participation10%
Project 1 – Migration Proposal Presentation10%
Project 2 – Client Response Memorandum15%
Project 3 – Training Guide Template20%
Final Exam15%

Grade Calculation

This class uses a standard method of rounding final grades (not individual assignment grades). If your grade ends in 9.5 or above and is on the cusp of a letter grade, you will receive the higher letter grade. If it ends in 9.4 or below it will be the lower letter grade.

Assignment Resubmissions 

In order to allow you to get credit for your best work, this course features the following policies for resubmission of graded work after you receive instructor feedback on assignments. NO SUBMISSIONS will be accepted after the term has ended. 

  • Projects/Written Assignments  

You are allowed one resubmission for each assignment provided the original grade from the instructor was a B or less. The resubmission is due within one week of receiving graded faculty feedback. It is your responsibility to ensure that the resubmission is turned in within a week of receiving faculty feedback and to alert your instructor that an assignment has been resubmitted and should be reviewed again. NO SUBMISSIONS will be accepted after the term has ended. 

  • Discussions 

For this class, you are expected to participate in all discussions.  To earn full credit for participation, you must:

  • Respond to the week’s discussion topic by 11:59 PM, Eastern time, on Sunday of each week, AND
  • Respond to at least TWO postings from other students to the current week’s discussion topics by the end of the class week (11:59 PM, Eastern time, Tuesday).
  • NO SUBMISSIONS will be accepted after the term has ended. 

Initial responses should demonstrate critical thinking and comprehension of the discussion topic and should be supported by additional research to include the use of outside references. Responses to classmates’ postings should be constructive, expand upon points made, ask additional questions, and contribute to the dialogue. A simple “good posting” or “I agree” is not a sufficient comment. 

This format is to ensure that all students benefit from seeing and responding to each other’s responses. Participation is defined by the quality as well as the number of your postings in the conference. You will not gain any points by merely reading the conference postings. You may expect the instructor to participate in the discussions, but do not expect a response to every posting. If the instructor or another student poses a question to you, you are expected to respond, just as you would during a face-to-face classroom discussion. Note: Each student is responsible for reviewing and adhering to the UMGC academic policies that appear in the Additional Information section of this syllabus.  

Faculty will assess your participation using the discussion rubric available in the course and you are highly encouraged to review the rubric prior to participating in discussions. 

  • Labs

You are encouraged to repeat and resubmit all assigned labs before the session ends to improve your performance and comprehension of the material. The highest score on each lab will contribute to the calculation of your final lab grade as shown in your grade book. NO SUBMISSIONS will be accepted after the term has ended. 

  • Final Exam

You will complete the “CompTIA Linux+ XK0-004 Practice Exam” as part of your grade. The final exam is located in uCertify. The final exam in this course is comprehensive. You may take it as many times as you’d like during the period of the course. Your highest score will be the one used. NO SUBMISSIONS will be accepted after the term has ended. 

Late Policies

  • Written Assignments 

You may submit work up to one week after the posted deadline without penalty. Work submitted after this will lose 5 percent per day. Resubmissions do not have a grace period and must be submitted within one week of receiving faculty feedback. Work submitted after the grace period (original submissions) or one week following faculty feedback (resubmissions) will lose 5 percent per day late. If you submit work late, any penalty still applies even if you resubmit the work to improve your grade. NO SUBMISSIONS will be accepted after the term has ended. 

Faculty will assess your participation using the written assignment rubrics available in the course and you are highly encouraged to review the rubrics prior to submitting your assignments. 

  • Discussions

Discussions are due on the date identified in class; late submissions will not receive credit. NO SUBMISSIONS will be accepted after the term has ended. 

  • Extra Credit 

Extra credit is not available. 

 Project Descriptions


In this course, you will complete online lab activities. You will use uCertify platform to complete these activities.

Please see the uCertify instructions located in Content > Help Guide for Lessons and Labs for more details.


Linux Implementation Proposal

The Linux Implementation Proposal is based on the needs of the fictional company outlined in each week’s scenario. In the scenario, you’re a Linux specialist working for a company that has been approached by a potential new client looking to migrate some of its environment from Windows to Linux. 

The project contains three major parts. Each assignment builds upon another, and you will complete the tasks based on the knowledge you will learn from the weekly content. The assignment will be submitted in three parts:

  • Project 1: Migration Proposal Presentation. This is a three- to five-slide narrated (audio) presentation for your client’s senior management team describing your plans for migrating the company’s systems from Windows to Linux. Due Week 3.
  • Project 2: Client Response Memo. This is a brief memo to the senior management team members to address their questions to the proposal. Due Week 5.
  • Project 3: Training Guide. This tutorial will show your client how to install Linux and use some basic commands within the new system. Due Week 7.


There are discussions in this course. Discussions in the online classroom are similar to discussions in real life. They are an exchange of ideas. Discussions in the CMIT courses are structured group activities that require collaboration and teamwork between students.

Final Exam

You will complete the “CompTIA Linux+ XK0-004 Practice Exam” as part of your grade. The final exam is located in uCertify. The final exam in this course is comprehensive. You may take it as many times as you’d like during the period of the course. Your highest score will be the one used.

 Academic Policies


University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has adopted a Philosophy of Academic Integrity to guide the university’s commitment to a culture of academic integrity and authentic education encompassing a set of dispositions and behaviors that are socially beneficial, educationally critical, and professionally necessary.

All members of the University community must maintain the highest level of integrity across the academic experience. For students, intellectually honest academic work represents independent analysis, acknowledges all sources of information that contribute to the ideas being explored, and ensures the ability to engage in life and work authentically. Your instructor is your primary resource for how to uphold the highest ethical standards in the context of this course’s specific requirements.  

Turnitin is enabled within the classroom to support the development and assessment of authentic student writing. To learn more about Turnitin, the feedback it provides, how to use feedback to improve your work, and your options regarding the inclusion of your work in the Turnitin database, visit University guides for Turnitin at and

Other Academic Integrity resources and guidelines are found at


University of Maryland Global Campus is committed to the success of our global community and values the diverse identities and backgrounds of our students, faculty, and staff. Each one of us has a broader life and set of experiences beyond UMGC that we bring with us to each interaction. Sharing your story with your classmates provides opportunities to learn, relate, and gain inspiration from each other. Engagement often begins with introductions at the beginning of the course. Sharing your preferred name, preferred pronouns, and other details about yourself and your life builds a foundation for connection, understanding, and a richer and more personalized learning experience.

We also recognize that some of life’s responsibilities and challenges outside of the classroom, such as childcare, a change in employment status, or illness, have an impact on success in a course. To the extent you are comfortable, we encourage you to communicate with your faculty member or Success Coach about any concerns you have for this course or as a student at UMGC so we can help you navigate potential obstacles and stay on track to achieve your goals.

Students are expected to work together cooperatively, and treat fellow students and faculty with respect, showing professionalism and courtesy in all interactions.  Please review the Code of Civility for more guidance on interacting in UMGC classrooms:


UMGC is committed to ensuring that all individuals are treated equally according to Policy 040.30 Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Sexual Harassment

Students with disabilities who need accommodations in a course are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at [email protected], or call 800-888-8682 or 240-684-2287.

The following academic policies and procedures apply to this course and your studies at UMGC.

150.25Academic Integrity Policy The University expects all members of the university community—students, faculty, and staff—to use guidelines to work with and promote integrity. If you are aware of any academic misconduct, please contact [email protected] All cases of academic misconduct will be addressed in accordance with Policy 150.25 and associated procedures.You are expected to engage in new learning that furthers your development of knowledge, skills, and abilities in each course. According to this policy, you may not submit a substantial portion of any coursework that you have submitted to any course previously without express written approval through assignment guidelines or other forms of communication. You must use UMGC course materials responsibly. Uploading course materials to any website outside of UMGC’s online classroom is prohibited by this policy.
151.00Code of Student Conduct
170.40170.41170.42The following policies describe the requirements for the award of each degree: Degree Completion Requirements for the Graduate SchoolDegree Completion Requirements for a Bachelor’s DegreeDegree Completion Requirements for an Associate’s Degree
170.71Policy on Grade of Incomplete – The mark of I is exceptional and considered only for certain courses. Students who have completed 60% of their coursework with a grade of B or better for graduate courses or C or better for undergraduate courses and request an I before the end of the term. The mark of I is not available for noncredit courses.
170.72Course Withdrawal Policy – Students must follow drop and withdrawal procedures and deadlines available at under Academic Calendar.
130.80Procedures for Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading – appeals may be made on final course grades as described herein.
190.00Intellectual Property  – All university faculty, staff, and students must comply with University guidelines on the use of copyrighted material. Uploading UMGC or faculty copyrighted material without authorization degrades and corrupts the integrity of the teaching and learning experience and is a potential violation of UMGC policy and copyright law. You must obtain permission to post UMGC or other’s copyrighted material to third-party websites, including social learning network sites. UMGC reserves the right to take appropriate action to remove copyrighted material uploaded without authorization.
205.06Calculation Of Grade-Point Average (GPA) for Inclusion on Transcripts and Transcript Requests – Note: Undergraduate and graduate courses have different Grading Policies.  See Course Syllabus for Grading Policies. 
270.00Acceptable Use – The security of the online classroom is critical to ensuring a strong culture of academic integrity and authentic education at the University. It is a violation of the University’s policies for anyone to share logon, password, and any other secure information about a UMGC online account, including credentials required to access the online learning environment.


According to UMGC’s grading policy, the following marks are used:

A 90-100 90-100
B 80-89 80-89
C 70-79 70-79*
D 60-69 N/A**
F 59 or below 69 or below
FN Failure-Non attendance Failure-Non attendance
G Grade Pending Grade Pending
P Passing Passing
S Satisfactory Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory Unsatisfactory
I Incomplete Incomplete
AU Audit Audit
W Withdrew Withdrew

* The grade of “B” represents the benchmark for graduate courses. Students must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Classes where final grade of C or F places a student on Academic Probation must be repeated.
** UMGC does not award the grade of D in graduate courses.


Scores to individual assignments are calculated based on rubrics in the class and are not rounded to the whole point. The final grade for the course is determined by weighted average and will be rounded to the nearest whole point using mathematical rule (grades with .5 and above to be rounded to the next whole point). 


Assignments are designed to enable students to achieve course objectives and succeed in the program. In the interest of equity and fairness, there will be no extra credit opportunities. All assignments are identified in the syllabus. 


UMGC values its students’ feedback. You will be asked to complete an online evaluation toward the end of the term. The primary purpose of this evaluation process is to assess the effectiveness of classroom instruction in order to provide the best learning experience possible and make continuous improvements to every class. Responses are kept confidential. Please take full advantage of this opportunity to provide your feedback.


Extensive library resources and services are available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at to support you in your studies.  The UMGC Library provides research assistance in creating search strategies, selecting relevant databases, and evaluating and citing resources in a variety of formats via its Ask a Librarian service at


This course may contain links to external sites neither owned nor maintained by UMGC. UMGC bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of external sites or for that of subsequent links. In addition, the terms of use, security policies, and privacy policies may differ from those of UMGC. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content, terms of use, and policies.


Those requiring technical assistance can access [email protected] Support directly in LEO under the Help menu.  Additional technical support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via self-help and live chat at or by phone toll-free at 888-360-8682.


All items on this syllabus are subject to change at the discretion of the Instructor and the Office of Academic Affairs.

 Class & Assignment Schedule

12/16-2/22These are the tasks you should do this week: Read the syllabusParticipate in the “Introductions” discussionPost in the “Required Review and Setup” discussionRead the course introductionRead the Linux Implementation Proposal Assignment overview and start thinking about the Project 1: Migration Proposal Presentation (due in Week 3)Week 1 ReadingsWeek 1 Labs
22/23-3/1These are the tasks you should do this week: Participate in the “Introduction to Linux” discussionContinue working on Project 1: Migration Proposal Presentation (due Week 3)Week 2 ReadingsWeek 2 Labs
33/2-3/8These are the tasks you should do this week: Complete and submit Project 1: Migration Proposal PresentationWeek 3 ReadingsWeek 3 Labs
43/9-3/15These are the tasks you should do this week: Participate in the “Linux in Action” discussion Week 4 ReadingsWeek 4 LabsBegin working on Project 2: Client Response Memo (due in Week 5)You may resubmit the Project 1: Migration Proposal Presentation for grading this week. See the syllabus for instructions and eligibility requirements.
53/16-2/22These are the tasks you should do this week: Week 5 ReadingsWeek 5 LabsComplete and submit Project 2: Client Response Memo
63/23-3/29These are the tasks you should do this week: Participate in the “Linux Project and Virtualization” discussionWeek 6 ReadingsWeek 6 LabsBegin working on Project 3: Training Guide (due in Week 7)You may resubmit Project 2: Client Response Memo for grading this week. See the syllabus for instructions and eligibility requirements.
73/30-4/5These are the tasks you should do this week: Week 7 ReadingsComplete and submit Project 3: Training Guide
84/6-4/12These are the tasks you should do this week: Participate in the “Careers in Linux System Administration” discussionComplete the Final Exam (Week 8 > Final Exam). You may take the exam multiple times and only your highest grade will be used in the UMGC gradebook.You may resubmit Project 3: Training Guide for grading this week. See the syllabus for instructions and eligibility requirements.