The Introduction of an Advanced Class in Systems Administration at Otago Polytechnic
Tom Clark, Otago Polytechnic
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, ISBN 978-1-74138-403-1 Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Systems administration is a common career path for tertiary computing s tudents, but it is difficult to take classes in the topic, especially at more advanced levels. Most of the classes that are available focus on specific tools and practices, often tied to particular vendors' systems. A set of topics around which to build a systems administration curriculum has not been clearly identified. At Otago Polytechnic we have developed a class that builds the specific knowledge and skills required to produce work -ready Systems Administrators.. The staff organised the class around a simulated workplace model rather than a more traditional lecture/lab model. This model emphasises having students perform tasks that are, as nearly as possible, identical to the tasks that they will eventually perform in a workplace. While the first instance of the class was generally successful, some issues, especially with assessment, were noted.
Clark, T. (2013). The Introduction of an Advanced Class in Systems Administration at Otago Polytechnic. In Proceedings of Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 Sydney (pp. 144-150). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
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