Module Title:Secure Systems Administration
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: As well as traditional lectures learners will undertake various laboratory exercises. Learners will be expected to actively participate in class on the materials covered and work throughout each scheduled lab session to accomplish assigned tasks.
Module Aim: To provide learners with a theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for deploying and administering IT systems securely.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Identify and diagnose problems on various computing platforms
LO2 Demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge in managing/administering IT networked systems and services securely.
LO3 Understand and implement a DNS, DHCP and Web servers.
LO4 Analyse and understand the security effects of network implementations.
LO5 Investigate and employ network monitoring and analysis tools
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Workstation administration
Operating system installation and configuration; Installing hardware peripherals and corresponding drivers
Network administration:
Setup and sharing of device servers; installing application software; backup systems; system start-up and shutdown; system crash recovery; network services, DHCP, DNS, proxy, firewall, DMZ, monitoring and analysis network activity.
System security and monitoring
Virus protection; password and user authentication systems; process management; connection recording; encryption digital signatures and DDoS attack and mitigation strategies.
General administration activities
Setting up a company environment; adding, deleting and configuring objects and users. Implement file system repair; incremental backups, network and BYOD policy documentation, Security considerations migrating to the cloud. Scripting and automation of tasks,
Web-server configuration
Web-server installation, secure configuration and testing.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
Project30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Assessment on semester 1 content. 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 Sem 1 End
Examination Assessment on semester 2 content. 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 Sem 2 End
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will setup, configure and administer a network environment for an organisation. 2,3,4 15.00 Sem 1 End
Project The student will prepare a report on an topic relating to IT systems security. 1,4,5 15.00 Sem 2 End
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam The terminal exam will be a 3 hour written test 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.33
Total Hours 220.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_KCCYB_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Cyber Crime & IT Security 2 Mandatory
CW_KCCIT_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology Management 2 Mandatory
CW_KCCYB_D Bachelor of Science in Cyber Crime & IT Security 2 Mandatory
CW_KCCSY_D Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management 2 Mandatory
CW_KWCAP_C Higher Certificate in Science in Computing 2 Group Elective 1
CW_KCCOM_C Higher Certificate in Science in Computing (Applications or Programming) 2 Group Elective 2