Linux Operating System 1

Enrollment Message:

This course has specific, unique technology and device requirements; please see the full syllabus for details. Students will receive additional information by email about accessing their course content in NetAcad within 24 school day or business hours after their enrollment is approved in the Student Learning Portal (SLP).

As one of the most successful open source collaborations, Linux has evolved into the most reliable operating system on the planet. It’s used for embedded systems to virtually all supercomputers for a good reason. Nearly every IT job requires some Linux knowledge. Linux Operating System 1 quickly builds your Linux knowledge and is the first of a two course series designed to prepare you for the LPIC-1: Linux Server Professional Certification exam or the CompTIA Linux+ exam. This course is offered in partnership with the Pinckney Cyber Training Institute. Prerequisites:Linux Essentials

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Work on the command line
  • Process Text streams using filters
  • Process basic file management
  • Find system files and place files in correct location
  • Search text files using regular expressions
  • Perform basic file editing
  • Use streams, pipes and redirects
  • Create, monitor, modify and kill processes
  • Manage file permissions
  • Create and change hard and symbolic links
  • Determine and configure hardware settings
  • Install a boot manager and boot the system
  • Create partitions and filesystems
  • Control mounting, unmounting and integrity of filesystems
  • Manage disk quotas
  • Use RPM and YUM package management
  • Use Debian package management
  • Manage shared libraries

Course Outline:

Module 1: Getting Started

Module 2: Working with Text

Module 3: Booting the System

Module 4: Administrative Access

Module 5: System Software

Module 6: Basic File Management

Module 7: Advanced File Management

Module 8: Partitioning

Module 9: Administration of Filesystems

Resources Included: Students will have access to the Cisco Networking Academy (Netacad) curriculum and course resources (Labs, Reading Guides, Assessments, etc.). Pinckney Cyber Training Institute (PCTI) has been a Cisco Networking Academy for nearly 20 years. PCTI is offering the Cisco Networking Academy Program in an asynchronous e-learning environment to enable students to learn valuable information and skills for increased access to opportunities in the global economy.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual and PCTI do not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system. The final score will be calculated through total points earned within the following weighted categories: Chapter Reading Guides (15%); Lab Assignments (15%); Chapter Quizzes (20%); Midterm Exam (25%); Final Exam (25%).

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements:

  • A computer with either Windows (7 or later), Linux, or Macintosh operating system
  • Chromebooks are permissible, but may require additional guidance from your online instructor
  • Reliable Internet Access
  • Ability to download/upload PDF files
  • Up to date Chrome and/or Firefox Web Browser to access the curriculum
  • A PDF reader to complete assignments (Recommend: Adobe Reader); Note: All Reading Guides/Labs are fillable PDF files
  • Access to YouTube

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments, including labs/lab reports, and Skills-Based Assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Linux Essentials is a required prerequisite for this course.

Additional Information:Students taking the entire series of Linux courses are eligible to sit for either the LPIC-1: Linux Server Professional Certification exam or the CompTIA Linux+ exam. While Michigan Virtual and Pinckney CTI prepare students for this exam, the certification exam is not part of this course. It is the responsibility of the student or parent to register for the exam of their choosing. For more information about certification exams, go to: OR .

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School Level: High School
Standards: Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education
NCAA Approved: N/A - Non-Core
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Brightspace LS
NCES Code: 10109
MDE Endorsement Code: NR - Computer Science
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: (20-21) Fall - 20 Week - Flex

Content Provider: Pinckney Cyber Training Institute
Instructor Provider: Pinckney Cyber Training Institute

Course Type: PCTI