Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong
Network and System Administration
(EE4301 Semester A 2014/2015)

When the master governs, the people are hardly aware that he exists. (太上,不知有之)~ Lao Zi

Course Description:

This course is an attempt to provide a practical problem-solving approach to the field of Unix-like system and network administration. Upon completion of this course the student will be able to work efficiently in a Unix-like system environment, to tailor an environment to specific needs, to understand the basics of Unix system administration, to understand security risks, and to write scripts for the bash shell.


  • Introduction/Course Overview
  • Basic Unix commands
  • Managing Users and Group
  • Administering the File System
  • Shell Programming
  • Backing up the System
  • Managing Software
  • Managing System Boot and Services
  • Performance Monitoring and Logging
  • Configuring Network Security
  • Configuring System Security
  • DHCP, NIS, NFS, and Apache
  • DNS, BIND and Sendmail

Instructor: Po Lai-Man, Email: Phone: 3442-7779 Room: G6506

Teaching Assistants:

  • Mr. LI Yuming, Email: Email:
  • TI Education Training Centre (P1412)

    Lecture: Tuesday, 3:00pm to 5:50pm, Venue: AC3 6-208


    Course website:

    • Students should check the course website regularly for announcements about the course.
    • Copies of the lecture notes, assignments, etc will also be available in various formats.

    Level and Units: B4 Level with 3 CUs


    Pre-cursor: Nil


    • Linux Fundamentals: A Practical Guide to Learning Linux, Mattew West.
    • System Administration, Mattew West.
    • Unix and Linux Administration Handbook, E Nemeth, G Snyder, T R Hein, B Whaley, Prentice Hall PTR, Fourth Edition.
    • Essential System Administration, AEleen Frisch, O'Reilly & Associates, 1996, ISBN 1-56592-127-5.
    • TCP/IP Network Administration, 3rd edition, Craig Hunt, O'Reilly & Associates, 2002, ISDN 0-596-00297-1
    • Running LINUX, 3rd edition, M Welsh, M K Dalheimer and L Kaufman, O'Reilly & Associates, 1999, ISDN 1-56592-469-X
    • Unix: The Textbook, Sarwar, Koretsky & Sarwar, Addision Wesley, 2001, ISBN 0-201-61260-7
    • DNS and BIND, 4th Edition, O'Reailly & Associates, 2001 ISBN 0-596-00158-4.
    • Managin NFS and NIS, 2nd Edition, O'Reilly & Assoicates, 2001, ISBN 1-56592-510-6.

    • Laboratories - 16%
    • Assignments - 10%
    • Project - 10%
    • Mid-Term Exam - 14%
    • Final Examination - 50%

    • Lecture attendance: Required. You are responsible for whatever is taught in the lecture and tutorial.

    • Submission of Assignments:
      1. Hardcopies are not required.
      2. Softcopies such as MS-Word file and associated files are required to send to the course email account before 5:00PM of the due date.
      3. EE4301 course email address:

    • Late Assignment Submission:
      1. Assignments and lab reports mush be received by the course email account before 5:00PM on the due date.
      2. NO late homework is accepted without previous arrangement with the instructor.
      3. If approved, late HW receives 10% per business day penalty.
      4. Write your name and student number on the top right corner of the paper.
      5. Write your answers legibly and derive all of the steps to show your work clearly.
      6. No credits will be given to answers without showing the steps.
      7. Students may work together on the homework, but copying is unacceptable.

    • Lab Attendance Policy:
      1. To pass the EE4301 course, a laboratory attendance of at least 75% is required.
      2. As there are only 4 lab sessions, absence of more than one lab sessions is considered as not satisfying the attendance requirements.
      3. In each session, late arrival of more than half hour (30 mins) is regarded as an absence.
      4. For late arrival of less than 30 mins, the late arrival time is accumulated. If student has accumulated late arrival time more than 45 mins, he/she is also considered as not satisfying the 75% attendance requirements.

    • Cheating: in particular copying your fellow classmate's assignments or programs, is a very serious offense! If you are found cheating, you will automatically get an F grade in this course and your act will be reported to the Department for necessary disciplinary actions. Please don't let others copy your assignments or programs as we don't have a way to tell who is copying who and you may be liable to the penalties.

  • Last Updated: 19 Aug. 2014