ITI503 Linux Fundamentals (8)

This subject provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage all Linux distributions. Students completing this subject have the knowledge to implement security options on client systems, configure security-related files and grasp common security practices. In addition, they will have the knowledge necessary to determine installation methods and select appropriate settings, protocols and software packages. The student will also have demonstrated proficiency in everyday management of Linux-based clients and basic management of server systems.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Only for students enrolled in
Master of Networking and System Administration
Master of Management (IT) - MMgtInfoTech
Graduate Certificate in Management (IT) - GradCertMgtInfoTech



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

be able to determine the best installation methods;

be able to select appropriate settings, protocols and software packages, and validate correct performance as they relate to the initial installation of the operating system;

be able to determine proficiency in everyday management of Linux-based clients and basic management of server systems, and support, maintain, and troubleshoot Linux-based desktop systems;

be able to configure system settings, network services and access rights, and be able to configure files routinely used on client systems, such as mtab, fstab, hosts, resolv.conf, and inittab;

be able to describe common security terms and describe practices, as well as implement security options on client systems and be able to configure the appropriate security-related files;

be able to provide written documentation about any work they perform and identify information that should be recorded for an installation or change in configuration. In addition they must also be able to use system-generated files to monitor or diagnose systems;

identify and describe components used in a 32 or 64-bit x86 client computer or laptop, and also identify corresponding driver modules and common utilities used to configure or troubleshoot them.


This subject will cover the following topics:

History and Development of Linux
System Access
Starting and Stopping Linux
User Accounts
Introduction to the Linux Filesystem
Working with Linux Permissions
Creating and Viewing Files
Archiving Files
Working in X Windows
Printing Files
Package Management
Configuring the Linux Environment
Configuring and Managing Services
Managing Network Services
Working with Hardware
Troubleshooting Linux Systems
Preparing for a Linux Installation


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.