|Resources (examples and links)||Instructions for Project||Instructions for Case Study|
|Time & Place:||Ref. No. 12735: Orientation by appointment|
Name: Wayne Pollock
Office & Phone: DTEC–404, 253–7213
View my Office Hours.
Skype ID: firstname.lastname@example.orgHomepage URL: https://wpollock.com/
(This course is 3 credit hours long.)
“The capstone course is designed for the student to demonstrate
his/her knowledge and skills applicable to the degree core
competencies and outcomes.
The course is designed as a project-based experience.
The student's project requirements will be designed in concern
with his/her area of curriculum emphasis.”
Students not attending the mandatory orientation meeting by the end of the second week of the term will be withdrawn from the course as a “No Show”, unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.
|Objectives:|| “Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
|Prerequisite:||Permission of the instructor. (The student should be ready to graduate. You must have successfully completed at least 45 hours of college credit, and been approved as eligible to take this course by the dean's office. Contact the program manager, your instructor, or the dean, for details on enrollment.) Students enrolled in a degree or college credit certificate program must complete all prerequisites.|
|Facilities:|| All assignments can be performed on any computer that includes the
appropriate operating system (OS) environment and utilities,
for the OS chosen for each student's project.
These include the HCC open computer lab on Dale Mabry,
room DTEC 462.
(This will be discussed during the orientation session.)
If desired, students may request an account on
Your student account on
Students may need USB flash drives to save projects
or submit them from HCC.
You can use HawkNet (WebAdvisor) to obtain your final grade for the course. You can use your assigned Hawkmail (Hawkmail365) email address if you wish to discuss your grades via email. (Note, it may be possible to setup your Hawkmail account to forward all received emails to some outside email account; but you still must send mail from Hawkmail to discuss grades.)
Most college systems use a single sign-on user ID, known as HCC “NetID”. Visit netid.hccfl.edu to register and to update your credentials. (Your initial password is your uppercase first name initial, lowercase last name initial, and your seven digit student ID number.) Note, the quickest way to resolve login issues is the HCC Live Web Portal (hcclive.hccfl.edu).
The college provides wireless network connections for students and guests
on Dale Mabry campus.
For students, select the network
Hawk Alert text messaging service allows you to receive important information regarding campus closures or emergencies. You may also sign up for financial aid notifications and registration and payment deadlines. This is a free service, although some fees may be applied by your cellular service provider or plan for text messages. To sign up, or for more information, visit www.hccfl.edu/hawkalert/.
HCC's Student Assistance Program (SAP) offers resources tailored to student life, providing you with the right tools to help you through some of life's toughest challenges. The college has contracted Baycare Health Management to provide free, professional, confidential counseling by telephone and in person. A wide range of topics may be addressed through this program, including mental health counseling, budgeting, and financial concerns. Please call 800-878-5470 or send email to email@example.com for further information.
|Grading:|| The purpose of this course is to evaluate a student's ability to
understand and perform the Unix/Linux system administration.
At least two measures will be used, such as projects, assessment tests,
case studies, or an HCC approved industry certification.
The grading will depend on the selected assessment methods, and will be
discussed during orientation.
It is expected that at least 70% of students will successfully pass each assessment with at least 70% or higher, ore the equivalent for an approved industry certification (if raw scores are made available to your instructor). (See Project and Case Study below for more details.)
The goal of the capstone project is to demonstrate fluency with the
tools and professional practices in your field,
an ability to independently plan and carry out a non-trivial
piece of work, and an ability to present your work in written and
The capstone project is expected to require at least 80 hours of effort
over 6 to 8 weeks.
(The project should be completable within one term, by a single student
working about 10-12 hours per week on this course.)
The student is expected to pick their own project, which must be approved by the instructor. If a student selects a topic that requires a substantial technology-related learning curve, (such as learning a new language or operating system, etc.), then that portion of the effort is over and above the effort expected for the capstone project itself. The project can take many forms, depending on your interests. It must be educational, have a research component, and relate to your major. It should also have a clear focus and well-defined success criteria. You should analyze a problem, research known solutions and products that address the problem, develop a design and a plan, choose some interesting or challenging portion of the problem to implement. Examples include:
In addition to projects, you can choose other types of assessments, including obtaining some HCC approved industry certification, such as Linux+. (You will need to obtain this during the term, or within a month prior to the start of the term.)
You need to have two assessments for the capstone.
|Project Evaluation:||Each project will be evaluated separately, and each will contribute to your overall grade. Other evaluation criteria include completing deliverables on time, and a quality presentation of each deliverable. It is expected that students already know what is expected for each deliverable (such as a readable system journal), but if unsure you should speak with your instructor early enough to be able to succeed.|
Non-text deliverables should be PDF files when possible.
Make sure your instructor approves alternative formats (such as Visio files)
Your plain text files should be included by copy and paste, or as a zip archive.
All assignments (except when noted) should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use a subject such as “Capstone Project” so I can tell which emails are submitted work. Email your projects as “zip” attachments, as noted below. Make sure you use my Yahoo.com email account, since HCC's mail server will not accept email with certain types of attachments. Note: If you use Microsoft Outlook Express or a similar email program, please be aware that this program has a “feature” that automatically converts slash-slash (“//”) comments in your email to “FILE://”. Make sure your source files are correct before you send the email! If possible, use the “text” and not the “HTML” mode of your email program.
The HCC email server automatically accepts and
silently discards email with certain types of attachments.
If you must send email to my non-Yahoo.com email
account please avoid using any attachments, but especially
To send email with a “
You can send questions to , as long as your email doesn't include any zip attachments. Please use the subject “Programming Capstone Project Question” so I can tell which emails are questions about the project (and not submissions).
|HCC Academic Calendar:|
|Classes Begin:||Monday 1/8/2018|
|Add-Drop Ends:||Friday 1/12/2018|
|Orientation period Ends:||Tuesday 1/17/2018 (Each student must arrange to meet with the instructor before this date)|
|Last Day to Withdraw:||Friday 3/28/2018|
|Classes End:||Monday 5/7/2018|
|Grades Available:||Wednesday 5/9/2018 (from HawkNet)|
|HCC is closed on:||
Monday 1/15/2018 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), |
Monday 2/19/2018 (Presidents' Day),
Monday–Sunday 3/12/2018–3/18/2018 (Mid-Term Break),
Friday–Sunday 3/30/2018–4/1/2018 (Spring Day),
Thursday 4/19/2018 (Faculty In-Service Day)
Dropping or withdrawing may have an impact on financial aid, veteran’s benefits, or international student visa status. Students are encouraged to consult with a financial aid, the VA certifying official, or the international student advisor, as appropriate, prior to dropping or withdrawing from class.
If, to participate in this course, you require an accommodation due to a physical disability or learning impairment, you must contact the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, Dale Mabry campus: Student Services Building (DSTU) Room 102, voice phone: (813) 259–6035, FAX: (813) 253–7336.
HCC has a religious observance policy that accommodates the religious observance, practices, and beliefs of students. Should students need to miss class or postpone examinations and assignments due to religious observances, they must notify their instructor at least one week prior to a religious observance.
|Quotes:||“Tell me and I'll listen.|
Show me and I'll understand.
Involve me and I'll learn.”
|— Lakota Indian saying|
|“Learning is not a spectator sport!”||— Chickering & Gamson|
|Soft Skills||Discusses certifications, job interviewing tips, and required non-technical skills needed to find and keep a job||Code of Ethics||The System Administrators' Code of Ethics|
|LPI certifications||LPIC-1 is also known as Linux+, an approved industry entry-level certification for our program (Non-entry-level jobs will want level 2)||Red Hat Certifications||Red Hat has three levels, RHCSA, RHCE, and RHCA (These include a hands-on component)|
|CLA||SuSE Certified Linux Administrator (Not as popular as Red Hat or Linux+)|