Intro to Unix
Fall 2011 Syllabus
||Tues/Thurs 2:00 - 3:15 PM, Wed 1:00 - 2:00 PM
||Mon/Wed 2:00 - 4:00 PM
||Mon/Fri 11 AM - 12 noon, Wed 11 AM - 1 PM
||5:15 - 6:30 PM
- Online course notes
- There is no required textbook for the course
- Some recommended reference textbooks:
- Unix Power Tools. Shelly Powers, Jerry Peek, Tim O’Reilly,
and Mike Loukide. O’Reilly, 3rd edition or later.
- Just Enough Unix, Paul K. Anderson, 3rd or 4th Ed.,
- Learning the Unix Operating System, Grace Todino, John Strang,
Jerry Peek, 4th Ed., O'Reilly Publishing, 1997 (ISBN
- Unix for Dummies, John Levine & Margaret Young, 5th Ed., IDG
Books Worldwide, 2004 (ISBN 0-7645-4147-1).
- You must have a Computer Science system account (cs.fsu.edu) for this
course. We will discuss how to get an account at the first class
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
- Understand the History of UNIX
- Identify and use the different shells
- Find help on different UNIX commands and utilities
- Use the different file and process commands
- Redirect standard input and output
- Set up their own UNIX environment
- Create simple shell scripts
- Create and use makefiles. Compile a simple C program with multiple
The final course grade will be computed as follows:
|Assignments / Quizzes
Letter Grade Scale:
|Letter ||Numerical Average |
|A ||92.00 - 100 |
|A- ||90.00 - 91.99 |
|B+ ||88.00 - 89.99 |
|B ||82.00 - 87.99 |
|B- ||80.00 - 81.99 |
|C+ ||78.00 - 79.99 |
|C ||72.00 - 77.99 |
|C- ||69.00 - 71.99 |
|D ||62.00 - 68.99 |
|D- ||60.00 - 61.99 |
|F ||0.00 - 59.99 |
There will be two tests -- a midterm and a final exam.
Students will be required to bring and show your Student ID on
test days. The final exam will be cumulative.
Test Dates: (Midterm tentative)
||Tues, Oct 18
||Thurs, Dec 15, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Link to Fall 2011 Final Exam Schedule
Attendance and participation is expected. Here is the university policy
on excused absences:
- Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family
and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty,
religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences
will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students
who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students
whose dependent children experience serious illness.
Periodic quizzes may be given, to help
students gauge their progress in the class, and to gauge attendance,
attendance and participation is expected.
- Assignment specifications will be posted on the web page
- Turn in all assignments on time! Late assignments
will be accepted one day after the due date, with the deduction of a
letter grade (10%). Assignments more than a day late will not be
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.” (Florida State
University Academic Honor Policy, found at http://dof.fsu.edu/honorpolicy.htm.)
In addition to this information, please be aware of the
- Students are expected to do their own work on any classwork or
test submitted for a grade (unless designated as a group assignment).
- It is NOT appropriate to work on assignments with other students or
to give or receive solutions to or from anyone before an assignment
is due and handed in (by all parties).
- Discussing solutions and techniques on assignments with other
students after the assignment has been graded and handed back
is okay, and encouraged.
- When you turn in work with your name on it, you are representing that
work as your own. If your submission matches that of
another student, this is considered a violation of the
Academic Honor Code.
- If a group project is given, then names of all group
members would appear on the single program submission. This is
- Examples found in the course textbook
may be used in programs, as long as the source is cited. This is
appropriate, as some hand-in assignments may be based on program examples
found in the book or contain other code that is provided to you in the
- A first violation of the honor code will result, at minimum
(but not limited to), a penalty of a 0 grade on the assignment
or test involved, along with a reduced letter grade in the course.
- Any second violation of the honor code will result in an automatic F
in the course, and possible proceedings before the Honor Court.
Americans With Disabilities Act
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)
Students approved to take exams at the SDRC office are expected to
take exams at the regularly scheduled time. Any exception to this
will only be granted with a valid documented reason and must be approved
by the instructor a week before the exam.
Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of
the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for
the course and is subject to change with advance notice.