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CITC 1333 (formerly CIS 193) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CITC 1333 (formerly CIS 193) - Linux LPIC-1

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course prepare the student to complete the LPIC-1 Junior Level Linux Certification exams 101 and 102. Topics will include Linux command line operation, maintenance tasks within Linux, and installation, configuration, and connectivity of Linux workstations.

Course Outcomes:

The main goal of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the Linux operating system. At the completion of this course, students should not only be familiar with the Linux Command Line Environment, utilities and applications, but also with the graphical X Window environment. To achieve the main goal of the course, the following objectives will be pursued:

  • Determine and configure System Architecture, Devices, and Linux file systems.
  • Perform a custom Linux Installation and Package Management using package tools.
  • Interact with GNU and UNIX Commands, Shells, Scripting and Data Management.
  • Install and configure User Interfaces and Desktops.
  • Perform and configure administrative Tasks, Essential System Services, Networking Fundamentals and Security.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Need to have taken BIT 1150, INFS 1010 or equivalent introductory computer class, or permission from instructor. A basic foundation in computer hardware, networking concepts, as well as familiarity with desktop and server operating systems such as Windows 2000 or UNIX would be helpful. Programming experience of any type would also be an asset but is not explicitly required.

Course Topics:

Course topics will include:

  • Introduction to Linux
  • Linux Installation and Usage
  • Exploring Linux Filesystems
  • Linux Filesystem Management
  • Linux Filesystem Administration
  • Advanced Installation
  • Working with the BASH Shell
  • System Initialization and X Windows
  • Managing Linux Procedures
  • Common Administrative Tasks
  • Compression, System Back-ups, and Software Installation
  • Troubleshooting and Performance
Specific Course Requirements:

Each student needs to purchase his or her textbook and Labsim code from the virtual bookstore to be success in the course. More details are given in the following section that is labeled Textbook, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements. In addition, each student will use a Linux system to complete all chapter assignments. A Linux system has provided for in the Getting Started module. To clarify the CD that comes with the textbook is a copy of a Linux system. Every individual can choose any Linux system to use for the course. Please contact the instructor if there are questions regarding the course.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:
12 Chapter assignments @ 15% of your final grade15%
12 Chapter quizzes @ 15% of your final grade15%
6 Block labs @ 15 % of your final grade15%
5 Discussion Board Participations @ 5% of your final grade5%
2 Exams @ 25% of your final grade50%
Total Points100%


Grading Scale:

100 - 90% = A

  89 - 80% = B

  79 - 70% = C

  69 - 60% = D

Under 60% = F


Assignments and Projects:

Follow all dropbox instructions regarding any assignment if any student has questions or concerns contact the instructor for assistance.

Class Participation:

Students are expected to contribute to the ongoing discussions revolving around relevant Linux topics including current events. Student must check the course frequently for announcements and other activities.

Late Policy:

All assignments must be turned in prior to or on the due date. View the assignments module and/or calendar for assignment due dates. No late work will be accepted.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 12, 2021