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This course is using Moodle for course discussion, exams, and assignment posting. Be sure to login into the LT moodle and select the course you are registered for. The moodle section might not be available until the first day of the course.


See the moodle course for instructor contact information.



Although not required, students having taken CECS 5260 Computer Graphics, CECS 5420 Web Authoring,and CECS 5100 programming will find that those courses enrich the learning experience.

Course Description

This course will cover the design and implementation of Internet information services using Linux. Students will access a server and learn how to manage and install information services using software tools and hardware platforms representative of those used in education and training.

Course Requirements

There will be assigned homework problems that will be completed in teams. Students will build and administer a Linux box over the course of the semester. Projects will require the student(s) to spend time working together on their server. To plan a minimum of six to nine hours a week of preparation is a safe time allocation for successfully completing this course.

Server Space

Each student(s) will be assigned a server. Location of equipment will be discussed during the course. Student groups, if required, will be assigned during the first 10-14 days of the course.


The course will use the LT moodle system to communicate information to students throughout the class. It is your responsibility to read the moodle on a regular basis. Discussions and exams will be handled on moodle. Contact the instructor if you have a problem with access.

Course Topics and Objectives

  1. Discuss the allocation and structure of IP addresses and DNS names in the identification and location of internet services.
  2. Configure SSH and SFTP software to provide terminal access and file transfer ability from a host system with appropriate public and private security.
  3. Install & configure software to provide both a "private" collaboration forum and with controlled access.
  4. Discuss the challenges posed in the educational environment posed by access to the Internet, with emphasis on access by minors to inappropriate content.
  5. Install and configure a World-Wide Web Server. Demonstrate the use of logging, performance tuning, and security parameters in the provision of a functional information system.
  6. Implement remote management of a server with appropriate security considerations.
  7. Explain backup methods for server technology and why it is important.
  8. Explain the role of Database back-ends in the development of Web-based information services.
  9. Implement a simple (i.e. based on a standard template) database-driven web application for discussion/collaboration.
  10. Discuss network capacity planning issues in the context of streaming media delivery systems.
  11. Discuss Educational policy implications for "acceptable use" of Internet services with minors.
  12. Install and configure Linux.


The class lectures will cover the assigned reading materials. Selected topics and assigned projects will also be discussed in class. There will be a midterm exam, final exam, and projects during the semester.

A total of 100 points for the course will be allocated as follows

5 Assignments 50 points
5 Exams 50 points
Total100 points

Letter grades will be the higher grade resulting from the following two standards:

>=90ATop 10%A
>=80<90BNext 20%B
>=70<80CNext 40%C
>=60<70DNext 20%D
<=59FLast 10%F


  1. Homework will result in working applications and Internet Services. Projects are expected to contain the elements required in the assignment. See the assignments for full details and requirements.
  2. This course uses a hybrid-mastery learning approach*. Thus, students get more than one opportunity to show that they can master the materials required in assignments. Students may choose to redo assignments that do not meet 100% of the assignment requirements at the due date.
  3. Any assignments not turned in by the date of the final assignment will be assigned a grade of zero, unless the student has made prior arrangements with the instructor.
  4. Students are encouraged to carefully check the logic and the output of their programs before submitting them for review and grading.

Meeting Information

The instructor may schedule online sessions as needed during the course. The course will be using Adobe Connect Pro and there is a short tutorial available on its use. See the course management system for details.

Class Attendance

Participation and punctuality are professional behaviors expected. Educational or Instructional technology is not "doing computer projects" - it is much more. Hence, you need to be involved in class discussions and learning activities. Student may be dropped from the course, with notice from the instructor, due to lack of participation or non-attendance online.

Due dates, for all assigned materials, will be announced in advance. Changes, on the assignment's requirements or due dates may be announced at later dates, in class forums, therefore reading the class forums is required. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with these updates and to have all assignments ready on time.

You must notify your instructor in advance if any exam is to be missed. If an exam is missed without prior notification, 20% will automatically be deducted from the exam grade.

Mastery Learning Note

As discussed above, this class uses a hybrid mastery learning approach. As students take the course they are given assignments which allow them to show their mastery of the materials being covered. In a pure mastery learning approach, we would hold off on proceeding to the next assignment until all students had shown mastery and at worse case, students falling behind would be held back until a later course. Since this isn't possible in a college course, this hybrid approach expects students to meet the goals of each assignment and then grades are assigned based on their mastery. Students can then decide if they wish to improve their mastery (as reflected in their grade) or continue on to the next assignment to show their level of mastery on the next assignments content. While the assignments build on one another, students can show less mastery in one assignment and still show better mastery in a proceeding assignment.


Academic Dishonesty and Integrity

Refer to the UNT Student Rights and Responsibilities Academic Dishonesty and Integrity. These include:

You are encouraged to become familiar with the University's Policy of Academic dishonesty found in the Student Handbook.

ADA Policy

The University of North Texas is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 92-112 - The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens.

As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodations" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty of their need for accommodation and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. Information regarding specific diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining academic accommodations can be found here. Also, you may visit the Office of Disability Accommodation in the University Union (room 321) or call them at (940) 565-4323.

Add/Drop Policy

Refer to the UNT Office of the Registrar concerning Add/Drop Periods for this semester.

Important Notice for F-1 Students taking Distance Education Courses

Federal Regulation

To read detailed Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations for F-1 students taking online courses, please go to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations website. The specific portion concerning distance education courses is located at "Title 8 CFR 214.2 Paragraph (f)(6)(i)(G)" and can be found buried within this document: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/get-cfr.cgi?TITLE=8&PART=214&SECTION=2&TYPE=TEXT

The paragraph reads:
(G) For F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on-line or through distance education and does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An on-line or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing. If the F-1 student's course of study is in a language study program, no on-line or distance education classes may be considered to count toward a student's full course of study requirement.

University of North Texas Compliance

An F-1 visa holder within the United States may need to engage in an on-campus experiential component for this course to maintain compliance.

It is the student's responsibility to do the following:

  1. Submit a written request to the instructor for an on-campus experiential component within one week of the start of the course.
  2. Ensure that the activity on campus takes place and the instructor documents it in writing with a notice sent to the International Student and Scholar Services Office using appropriate ISSS form available.

Because the decision may have serious immigration consequences, if an F-1 student is unsure about his or her need to participate in an on-campus experiential component for this course, s/he should contact the UNT International Student and Scholar Services Office (telephone 940-565-2195 or email internationaladvising@unt.edu) to get clarification before the one-week deadline.

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