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    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

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Linux/Unix Systems Technology Associate Degree from Baker College

Information Technology: Linux/Unix Systems TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science

Become a pro.

Learn the platforms that every business relies on.

Linux and Unix operating systems are the foundation of the Internet, and are widely used in everything from servers and workstations to mobile devices and consumer electronics. The use of these operating systems and tools continues to increase with the rise of open cloud development and the ever-growing amount of data that companies must manage in real time.

Discover Your Future Linux/Unix Systems Technology Career

Career Facts

$90,850

Median salary for Unix Administrators

12%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$120,950

Median salary for Computer and IS Managers

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Overview

As a student in Baker's Information Technology program with the Linux/Unix Systems Technology major, you gain a clear understanding of the open system standards and technologies associated with Linux and Unix platforms.

You learn from highly experienced industry professionals, who introduce you to operating system concepts and hardware. With their guidance, you develop solid skills in shell programming and Linux/Unix system administration—skills you are able to hone in the real world, through internship and cooperative education opportunities.

As a program graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to enter one of the fastest growing fields in information systems technology.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Information Technology Requirements31 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CIS 106B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to computer operating systems and maintenance concepts. Students will study the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems and will receive a brief introduction to Linux. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, or NET 101.
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance I4
CIS 114
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the underlying principles of information and database structure in electronic database management systems. Students will be introduced to types of information, table structure, features of a relational database, basic concepts of database design and normalization, and basic overviews of the roles of database administrators and professionals. Students will also be introduced to introductory SQL commands using a command line and existing databases.

Database Fundamentals2
ITS 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a strong foundation in network security concepts, along with analysis and design of these systems. It is a preparatory course in network security methodologies and helps prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination.

In the following programs: Information Systems, Cyber Defense, CISCO Networking with Wireless and Voip

Introduction to Network Security4
LUX 205
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to Linux/Unix, its history, characteristics, and system basics from a user's perspective. The following concepts are introduced: basic file structures; navigational tools; file manipulation tools; file permissions and access; 'vi' editor basics; remote terminal emulation; mail; shell fundamentals; quoting and special characters; filename generation; input/output redirection; pipelines; multitasking and input arguments. Students will demonstrate the ability to use Linux/Unix commands at the command-line level.

Prerequisite(s):
or high school typing/proficiency. INF 111 or or or or NET 101.
Introduction to Linux/Unix4
MNP 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the initial implementation and configuration of core services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 configuration. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 171A or MNP 181.
Microsoft Windows Server Administration I4
NET 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the field of computing. Topics include occupations within the field, terminology, basic computer and networking concepts and database concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
or freshman status.
Networking Essentials I4
NET 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the basic issues related to data communications and networking technologies. Topics include the OSI model, network topologies, protocols, and the fundamentals of internetworking. TCP/IP addressing is also covered.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 101.
Corequisite(s):
CIS 106B.
Networking Essentials II4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CSC 121A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced. Students build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Network Fundamentals4
NET 222
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to the concepts of routers, the OSI reference model, IP addressing, subnetting, data link and network addresses, and concepts of data encapsulation. Includes hands-on exercises.

Introduction to Routers and Routing4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MNP 171A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist examination, 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring.

Windows 7 Configuration4
MNP 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 8, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.

Windows 8 Configuration4
General Education Requirements20 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Workplace Communication4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4
Linux/Unix Systems Major32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CIS 107B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a continuation of the study of computer operating systems and maintenance concepts with a focus on practical application and troubleshooting. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Practical Application exam.

Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance II4
CS 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to programming concepts such as logic and flow charting as well as some basic programming techniques.

Prerequisite(s):
Any INF course or or or NET 101, or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
or MTH 111.
Introduction to Programming4
LUX 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores shell programming issues in a Linux/UNIX environment. Students should understand basic commands for file manipulation and directory navigation. While addressing the existence of other shells, this course focuses on the BASH shell. The topics covered include basic OS concepts and script writing, file System structure, debugging techniques, control structures (decision/looping), functions, arrays, and text processing.

Shell Programming4
LUX 261
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces system administration for individual or local Linux/Unix systems. The topics will cover the essential duties of a Linux/Unix system administrator including: booting and shutting down systems, user administration, root system powers, file system creation and administration, devices and drivers, adding hardware, backing up/restoring file systems, system log files, and kernel modifications. Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize shell scripts to automate system administration and troubleshooting problems.

Linux/Unix System Administration I4
LUX 262
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues system administration for Linux Workstations. The topics will cover those of a junior to intermediate level Linux system administrator including: Dynamic host configuration, domain name system, network file systems, remote administration, sharing with windows clients, e-mail, Web, FTP, and proxy servers.

Linux/Unix System Administration II4
LUX 263
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4 Quarter Hours

Concludes system administration for Linux Workstations. The topics will cover the duties of an intermediate level Linux system administrator including: Customizing system startup, file system repair, compiling custom kernels, routing, and multiple security techniques.

Linux/Unix System Administration III4
LUX 269
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4 Quarter Hours

Builds on the knowledge gained from the previous coursework to produce a project that demonstrates effective system design. This course will focus on design, implementation, and testing. Special attention will be placed on the necessary information to pass applicable certification and job testing knowledge. This is the capstone course for the Linux/Unix administration program.

Linux/Unix Systems Project4
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 95

Program Description

Information Technology professionals install, configure, secure, and support an organization’s
computing systems including:

  • PCs and other devices
  • Local Area Networks (LANs) 
  • Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Internet systems

They monitor business and company networks. IT professionals also perform necessary repairs
and maintenance to support network availability for all system users.

The Baker College Information Technology Associate Degree program provides a solid foundation for students to pursue this growing occupation while allowing the flexibility to choose an area of concentration. Foundational courses align with industry certifications including:

  • CompTIA A+
  • Network+
  • Security+

The Information Technology Associate of Applied Science offers six major options to choose from:

LINUX/UNIX SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY: 
Learn the essentials of networking and understand open systems standards and technologies associated with Linux/Unix platforms. Study shell programming and Linux/Unix System Administration in depth.

Learn more about other Information Technology major options here:
Information Technology: Computer Networking Technology - Cisco
Information Technology: Computer Networking Technology - Microsoft
Information Technology: Cyber Security
Information Technology: IT Support Specialist
Information Technology: VMware Certified Professional

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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