MN506 - System Management

Credit Points: 20

Prerequisite: MN404 Fundamentals of Operating Systems and Programming (Non-Cognate Stream Only)

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 60 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a second trimester core unit out of a total of 12 units in the Master of Networking. This unit addresses the MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in system management. For further course information refer MIT website: This unit is part of the AQF level 9 (MNet) course.

This unit provides students with in depth knowledge and advanced professional skills to manage and maintain network servers. They learn to manage resources, including server performance. They also gain capabilities for providing access to reliable information and services in a networked server environment. This unit also develops skills to be able to identify and diagnose possible problems and troubleshoot computer network administration systems using both Windows and Linux operating systems.

This practical "hands-on" unit will teach the essential skills of installing, using, and supporting operating systems and its administrative features. This unit provides students with the necessary training to ensure proficiency in client-server systems installation, utilization, and troubleshooting.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Server technologies and architectures
  2. Server and client services
  3. Server configuration and management 
  4. Application servers
  5. Administrative domains
  6. Emerging trends and case studies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse and compare various server management systems;
  2. Compare emerging tools and techniques for system management;
  3. Analyse human usability in systems and documentation within the context of constantly changing modern industry requirements;
  4. Plan and implement various application servers for an organisation;
  5. Manage servers and resources to support enterprise information systems.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory: 2 hours
PBL Tutorial: 1 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Midterm Test a,b*10%
Assignment 1: Individual Assignmenta,b*10%
Assignment 2: Group Assignmentc,d*20%
Laboratory and Problem Based Learning participation & submissiona-e*10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-e*50%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • None

Reference Reading

  • T. A. Limoncelli, C. J. Hogan, S. R. Chalup, Practice of System and Network Administration, The: Volume 1: DevOps and other Best Practices for Enterprise IT, 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2017
  • Minasi, M. Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2. Indianapolis: Sybex, 2014
  • Helmke, M., Joseph, E., Rey, J., Ballew, P. and Hill, B. The official Ubuntu book, 2014
  • K. J. Sousa, E. Oz, Management Information Systems, Cengage Learning, 7th Ed., 2014
  • D. Petkoic, Microsoft SQL server 2016: Abeginner’s guide, 6th Ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2016

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard