COP 4342 Unix Tools Spring 2018

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Mondays and Wednesdays 3:35pm-4:50pm in MCH 201.


Prof. Robert van Engelen

Office: 168 LOV

Email: engelen AT cs DOT fsu DOT edu

Office hourse: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00PM-2:30PM in 168LOV.

Teaching assistants

Mohammad Imran Chowdhury, office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00AM-12:15PM in 336 Dittmer (opposite Dirac Library)

Joydeep Das, office hours: Mondays 5:00PM-6:00PM in 302MCH and Tuesdays 9:00AM-10:00AM in 302MCH


First class attendance is mandatory and attendance at all class meetings is expected. Do not skip class unless the absence is officially excused. Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the immediate family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. Accommodations for these excused absences will be made and will do so in a way that does not penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness. See FSU's General Bulletin.

Academic honesty

The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University’s expectations for the integrity of students’ academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to "... be honest and truthful and ... [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University." Florida State University Academic Honor Policy.

Syllabus change policy

Except for changes that substantially affect the evaluation (grading), this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.

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You must have completed COP 3330 in order to take this class.

Required text

Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming by Mark Sobell, 3rd edition, 2012, Prentice Hall.


Exams are scheduled in advance and you are expected to take them when scheduled. Final exam is scheduled May 2, 12:30PM-2:30PM in MCH 201.


Please turn in assignments on time. No late assignments are accepted.


test percentage
midterm 1 20%
midterm 2 20%
final exam 20%
assignments 40%


percentage grade
94-100% A
90-93% A-
87-89% B+
83-86% B
80-82% B-
77-79% C+
73-76% C
70-72% C-
67-69% D+
63-66% D
60-62% D-
0-59% F

ADA accommodation

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact:
Student Disability Resource Center
97 Woodward Avenue, South
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)