ITC333 Server Administration and Maintenance (8)

This subject provides a general introduction to managing computers called servers that provide web, file, electronic mail, and similar kinds of networked services. Computers running the Linux operating system are studied. Students learn to operate servers via the command line, write scripts to automate management tasks, analyse and improve the performance of servers, create and manage basic information services, and assess methods required to protect data and services accessed from the internet.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC333. 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

Available to undergraduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge

Background knowledge at the level of ITC212 or ITC242

Incompatible Subjects

ITC514, ITC555

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the duties and responsibilities of a systems administrator;
  • be able to manage servers from the command line;
  • be able to create and manage basic information services;
  • be able to write scripts to automate various server management tasks;
  • be able to analyse and improve the performance of servers;
  • be able to formulate methods for protecting data and services accessed via the internet.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to server administration.
  • Working from the command line.
  • Automating system tasks.
  • Files, directories, and file systems.
  • Backup and recovery.
  • Server network administration.
  • Network services.
  • Security.
  • Performance analysis.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC333 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Multiple quizzes
Installing and managing linux
File systems and advanced scripting
Managing services and security
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.