Linux Operating System 2

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).

It’s easy to believe that Linux has been around since the mid-‘90s, especially, considering its wide adoption across products, markets and industries. Further mastering Linux installation, configuring and maintenance is key to positioning yourself well and securing the IT administrator job of your choice. This is the second course in a 2-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 Operating System 1

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

  • Customize and use the shell environment
  • Write and edit simple scripts
  • Manage SQL data
  • Install and configure X11
  • Setup a display manager
  • Manage user and group accounts and related system files
  • Automate system administration tasks by scheduling jobs
  • Configure mail transfer agent basics
  • Manage printers and printing
  • Configure basic network settings and client side DNS
  • Troubleshoot a network client
  • Setup host security and secure data with encryption

Course Outline:

Module 1: Advanced Shell Features

Module 2: User and System Administration

Module 3: Networking

Module 4: Administrating the Display

Module 5: System Services

Module 6: System Security

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 Operating System 1 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