Introduction to System Administration, 8 credits (TDDI41)

Grundläggande systemadministration, 8 hp

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Anders Fröberg

Director of studies or equivalent

Jalal Maleki
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6IDAT Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering (Software Engineering) 5 (Autumn 2017) 1, 2 1, 2 Swedish Linköping o
6IDAT Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering (Embedded Systems) 5 (Autumn 2017) 1, 2 1, 2 Swedish Linköping o
6KIPR Programming 5 (Autumn 2017) 1, 2 1, 2 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering
  • Programming

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Before the course, participants must be able to use a Unix-based system from the command line, be able to explain how RIP (Routing Information Protocol) works, be able to explain what DNS (Domain Name System) is and what it is for, and be able to explain roughly how it works, be able to explain what SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is and what it is for, and be able to explain roughly how it works and be able to explain how addressing works in IPv4, as well as explain terms such as “prefix” and “netmask”.

Intended learning outcomes

This course gives students practical experience with basic installation and maintenance of computer systems with a focus on networks and network services.After completing this course, participants will:

  • be able to explain how a modern Unix-based system is constructed;
  • rapidly locate, evaluate and structure information in standards, technical documentation and professional literature to create solutions to new problems;
  • be able to design, implement and maintain a computer system suitable for a small office or company;
  • be able to test and troubleshoot services and other functionality in a small computer system;
  • be able to demonstrate a system, including the services provided by the system, to show that system requirements have been met;
  • have the basic knowledge and skills required to start working as a system administrator.

Course content

Installation, configuration and maintenance of Unix systems. Configuration of routing, DNS, time services, storage systems and network storage. Advanced configuration of e-mail, including spam and virus protection.

Teaching and working methods

The course consists of a series of laboratory exercises and a number of lectures. During the course, participants will:

  • plan and structure the work in a team to implement a system that meets given requirements;
  • evaluate alternative solutions to select the solution that best meets system requirements as well as external constraints;
  • be exposed to realistic scenarios and learn to adapt plans and solutions to chaning external constraints.
The course runs over the entire autumn semester.


LAB1Laboratory exerciseU, 3, 4, 58 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för datavetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Jalal Maleki


Anders Fröberg

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 64 h
Recommended self-study hours: 149 h

Course literature

Additional literature


Additional literature


LAB1 Laboratory exercise U, 3, 4, 5 8 credits

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