COP 3353
Syllabus — Spring 2013

Times, People and Places

Instructor: Randolph Langley

    Tel: 645-1225
    Office: 103 MCH Building

Class time and place

Tuesday from 5:15pm until 6:30pm in Room 201 MCH.

Office hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Class home page

Class Description

This is an introductory course in the use of the UNIX operating system designed for both majors and non-majors. Topics include: UNIX history, logging in to a UNIX system, basic operating system concepts and file structure, basic commands, text editor(s)(to include emacs, vi, and pico), printing, mail, and online help. The goals of this course are to enable students to log in to their UNIX accounts from any type of computer and have a basic understanding of the commands and utilities.

Class Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this class.


Required Texts

Just Enough Unix, 5th Edition, by Paul K. Andersen. McGraw-Hill, 2006. ISBN 0072952970.

Additional recommended material

Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition, by Shelley Powers, Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides. O'Reilly, 2003. ISBN 0596003307.

The Unix Programming Environment, by Brian Kernighan and Rob Pike. Prentice-Hall, 1983. ISBN 013937681X.




1st Midterm (Tuesday, February 12th)


2nd Midterm (Tuesday, March 26th)


Final Exam (Thursday, May 2nd, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm)







A 90% - 100%
B+ 88% - 89%
B 80% - 87%
C+ 78% - 79%
C 70% - 77%
D 60% - 69%
F 0% - 59%

Class Policies


Note that assignments account for 25% of your grade.

Please turn in assignments on time. There will be a 50% penalty for late submissions. No late submission will be accepted after more than one week from the due date.


Attendance at all class meetings is expected, and attendance may be taken each class session in the form of a sign-in roster. Please extend courtesy in class by arriving on time, staying until dismissed, and refraining from food and drink. You are responsible for all information explained in class, some of which will not be available in written or electronic form. I will not feel obligated to repeat announcements about future exams, assignments, or schedule changes.

Excused absences

Excused absences include 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.


You should check your electronic mail frequently for information about this course, as well as the class home page. You are also encouraged to use email to ask questions and report problems.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Do not turn in other people's work as your own; this includes, but is not limited to, unattributed copying from web pages, other students' work, books, journals, or broadcast media. Citations and clear delineation of cited material as distinguished from your own original work are mandatory.

The Florida State University academic honor policy is at

Official FSU statement on the Academic Honor Policy:

	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." 

University ADA statement

	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 the:
	Student Disability Resource Center
	874 Traditions Way
	108 Student Services Building
	Florida State University
	Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
	(850) 644-9566 (voice)
	(850) 644-8504 (TDD)

Please advise me at your earliest convenience (within one week) if you have a disability that will require a reasonable accommodation for the successful completion of this course. Also, as indicated above, you should register with the and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center, and provide me a letter indicating the need for accommodation and indicating what type.


If you are experiencing difficulty or are concerned about your progress, please speak with me immediately.

The above schedule and procedures in this class are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances, university schedule changes, or calendar errors on my part.

Calendar for COP3353 Spring 2013
Month Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Week # Notes
January 1 2 3 4 5
January 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 01 First week of classes. Mandatory attendance for first day of class.
January 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 02
January 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 03 Martin Luther King Day. No classes.
January/February 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 04
February 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 05
February 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 06 Midterm #1 will be on February 12th
February 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 07
February/March 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 08
March 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 09
March 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 10 Spring break, no classes
March 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 11
March 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 12 Midterm #2 will be on March 26th
March/April 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 13
April 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
April 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 15
April 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 16 Final week of classes
April/May 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 17 Finals week: our final is Thursday, May 2 from 5:30pm-7:30pm