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System and Network Administration PG (11515.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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IT infrastructure is broadly known as a collection of hardware, software, networks, data, security, and policies etc. to provide reliable, available, and confident IT services. It plays critical roles in modern society. In this unit, students will learn and apply the principles and basic techniques of system and network administration through setting up the IT infrastructure of an fictitious organisation from scratch and then maintaining the on-going operations of the IT infrastructure. Topics include system selection and installation, software configuration, network administration, security operation, user management, backup, interoperability among multiple platforms, performance tuning, and auditing etc. In addition, the unit also exposes students to the industry, professionalism, and professional ethics. The unit arms students with the knowledge and practical skills in system and network administration to be job-ready to work in the fields and also for future career development. Further, the unit promotes and strengthens important generic skills, such as communication, analysis and inquiry, problem solving, independent and group working, and professionalism and social responsibility.

This is a laboratory-based learning-by-doing unit. This unit will be co-taught with 11514 System and Network Administration (UG).

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand the industry;

2. Apply the principles and practices of system and network administration to IT infrastructure;

3. Formulate solutions to solve the problems related to system and network administration;

4. Evaluate the current practice and predict future trends;

5. Perform independent research to construct, justify and explain solutions to complex problems in the fields; and

6. Demonstrate the important generic skills.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One hour lecture and three hours of laboratories on campus per week.


Students in course 846AA Master of Information Technology must have passed 9 credit points at G or PG level.

All other students must have passed 21 credit points at G or PG level.



Assumed Knowledge

Computer networks, operating systems, programming, cryptography, and risk analysis and management.

Incompatible Units

11514 System and Network Administration (UG)

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