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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Linux System Administrator Certificate

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Total Credits: 16

Major Number: 5811
CIP Code: 11.1001

Program Description

In this program, students will study the management and maintenance of complex computing environments of companies utilizing Linux/UNIX network and operating system technologies. Additionally, students will prepare for the CompTIA Linux+ industry examination.

Program Prerequisites

Proficiency in the basic knowledge and skills related to configuring and maintaining a Linux Operating System environment OR Appropriate coursework OR Instructor consent.

Special Instructions


Program Requirements

Total Credits: 10

Total Credits: 6

MnTC/General Education Requirements


MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts behind free software, run levels, daemons, the kernel, basic networking and devices.
  • Install the operating system and configure aspects of it.
  • Comprehend the file system structure and nature of inodes.
  • Create rescue media, monitor resources, and apply patches.
  • Demonstrate the layout of a Local Area Network and how to configure it with TCP/IP.
  • Implement basic security methods, such as creating shadow passwords, logging of events, and identifying commonly known trouble spots.

Program Contact Information

Dave Keller 651.779.5833 Room 1742 East
Paul Theisen 651.747.4075 Room 2300 East

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.

Semester 1

Total Credits: 9

Semester 2

Total Credits: 7


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