Module Title:Linux Infrastructure Engineering
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Learners will develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills primarily through labs with supporting lectures in a lab environment where appropriate. Delivery of technical content will promote discovery learning, where hands-on practical workshops will be utilised to enable learners to apply knowledge and skills, supported by an instructor led, peer learning environment.
Module Aim: Effectively design and implement a flexible and scalable computing infrastructure, suitable for a wide variety of environments by integrating cluster and container technology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Summarise the functionality and benefits of cluster and container technology.
LO2 Synthesise a range of emerging and industry standard tools, as used in cluster and container technology.
LO3 Evaluate and implement an appropriate infrastructure using cluster and container technology in a given context.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Learners should have good knowledge of Operating Systems, Networks and be comfortable working in a command line environment (Linux and Windows).

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Intro to module and module content. Types of clusters, characteristics of clusters (fail-over, load balance, HPC) and tightly coupled nature of typical clusters. Task to build a POC cluster.
Private Cloud
Introduction to private cloud technology. Building of private cloud technology to deploy a ‘self service’ infrastructure capability, using open source technology e.g.OpenStack/OpenNebula.
Introduction to containers and container technology. Evolution of infrastructure/deployment environments to include containers. Container (e.g. Docker) on single node vs cluster environment to provision containers (Kubernetes). Examination of other implementations e.g. Linux containers (LXC/LXD).
Virtualisation and Orchestration
Examination of various tools and techniques are available for virtualisation and orchestration, determination of which are appropriate for specific cases.
Infrastructure as Code
Managing and provisioning compute resources through machine-readable definition files. Utilising IaC to deploy system infrastructure (IT Management), business continuity/disaster recovery (Cybercrime and IT Security) and rapid/scalable application hosting (Software Development).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Exam 2 30.00 Week 5
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project 1,3 70.00 Week 12
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

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