Master of Liberal Studies Research Papers

Date of Award


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Research Paper

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Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)


St. Petersburg College offers two complementary certificate programs in Linux Systems Administration and Unix System Administration. The goal of these programs is to prepare the students for industry certification and employment as Linux and Unix systems system administrators hereafter "administrators"€. The culminating course for both of these programs is CTS2311, Linux/Unix System Security. This course, originally developed prior to the events of September 11, 2001, lacked some of the important objectives required by today's ever-threatening information resource environment. This project addressed three specific curriculum changes to improve the content of this course. The first change involved a new concentration on open source products, such as Linux and the large variety of open source security tools available to the administrator. The second change was the inclusion of a new major learning outcome regarding the Common Base of Knowledge CBK in security as defined by International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium, Inc. ISC ² and its application to Linux/Unix systems security. The third change was the inclusion of a new major learning outcome regarding information literacy skills. The intent of this outcome is to develop the administrator's€™s competency in acquiring, critically evaluating, and applying new knowledge.


Copyright 2005 Tom Dulin


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