Course Syllabus

Course Outcomes

  1. Describe basic computer and operating system principles.
  2. Install and administer a Linux distribution on a computer.
  3. Write a basic BASH script.


This course covers basic network operating system principles and Linux commands. At the conclusion of this course, students should understand how to install, configure, and maintain the Linux operating system and general operating system concepts.

Learning Model Architecture


Students prepare by studying the assigned materials and then identifying where their understanding is weak by posting questions to the class-wide forum.

Teach One Another

Each week, students work in teams to help each other through the material and projects. They answer each other's questions, check in on progress, explain what they have learned, and so forth.


Pondering occurs when students reflect on the understanding of the material they studied and identify what they need further clarifications on.  Students are asked to construct questions and discuss them in their Weekly Team meeting.  Proving occurs when students study the questions posted by other classmates and provide answers and clarifications to them.  Students also complete quizzes and exams (without their teams).


This course has no prerequisite courses.

Required Materials

Linux+ and LPIC-1 Guide to Linux Certification, 5th Edition

Jason Eckert

ISBN: 978-1-337-56979-8

A computer capable of running a Linux distribution (Fedora or Ubuntu) as a virtual machine using a hypervisor (VirtualBox).  It must support virtualization extensions from AMD (AMD-V) or Intel (VT-x).    Such a computer typically has a minimum of 8 GB RAM and 200 GB disk space.  It can be running either Windows OS or MacOS.

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Grading Policies

Students’ course grade will be based on the assignments listed below. Additional information about these assignments can be found in the Course folder as well as in the individual assignments throughout the course.

Assignment Percent of Total Grade
Hands-On Projects, Discovery Exercises, and BASH Project. 30%
Team Teaching and Learning 30%
Exams 30%
Chapter Quizzes 10%

Your overall course grade will be based on the following scale:

Grade Percentage Range
A 100% –94%
A- 93% –90%
B+ 89% –87%
B 86% –84%
B- 83% –80%
C+ 79% –77%
C 76% –73%
C- 72% –70%
D 69% –66%
F 65% –0%


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Online Support Center

Phone: (208) 496-1411



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Help Desk

Phone: (208) 496-1411



Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 9 PM, Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

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  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
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Course Summary:

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