Module Details

Module Code: PROG C7016
Full Title: Programming for System Administration and Networking
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner:: Peadar Grant
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: Students completing this module will apply existing programming concepts blended with scripting abilities to an interpreted dynamically-typed scripting environment. Targeted towards a systems-administration environment, programming concepts are taught with an applied problem-solving focus. Emphasis is placed on working with varied data sources using standard libraries and communicating with external services and hardware.
 
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Apply existing fundamental programming and scripting concepts to a interpreted programming language
MLO2 Utilise standard libraries for data consumption, processing and output operations
MLO3 Communicate with operating system services and external hardware
MLO4 Utilise standard software development and deployment tooling
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Module Indicative Content
Introduction
The role of programming in networking and system administration; landscape survey of languages and operating environments; relationship of programming to scripting; development tooling; interpreted languages; role of standard libraries.
Programming fundamentals
Translation to interpreted environment of: variables, console input/output, conditionals, loops, functions; command-line argument (including optional and switch) handling; basic object-oriented programming; program organisation (modules, classes, functions); basic file input/output.
Data sources
Utilisation of file formats common to the networking and system-administration environment (plain text, delimited text, CSV, INI files, XML, JSON, Microsoft Office) by application of standard libraries from multiple data sources (flat files, HTTP requests, relational databases).
System interaction
Application of standard libraries for interaction with the host and other systems: external program calls; serial I/O to external devices (e.g. networking hardware, UPS, access control, A/V systems); detection of network presence/state; sending mail using SMTP; OS-level logging.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 6 Learning Outcome 1,2,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Lab exam
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Lab exam
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Programming assignment
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 6 Learning Outcome 1,2,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Lab exam
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Lab exam
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Programming assignment
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Lab exam and assignment to assess all learning outcomes

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Practical Contact 2 x 2 hour lab per week Every Week 4.00 4
Independent Study Non Contact Practical work (programming practice) each week to strengthen programming ability Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Practical Contact 2 x 2 hour lab per week Every Week 4.00 4
Independent Study Non Contact Practical work (programming practice) each week to strengthen programming ability Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Alex Martelli, Anna Ravenscroft, Steve Holden. (2017), Python in a Nutshell, 3rd Ed.
  • Mueller, John. (2018), Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies, 2nd.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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