INTRODUCTION TO UNIX
SUMMER A 2018 Syllabus
||Melina Myers (Vastola)
||Wednesdays 1-3pm OR By Appointment
(Please allow 24 hrs notice for appointments)
- There is NO required textbook for the course
Some recommended reference textbooks if you'd like to have a physical reference:
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., McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Learning the Unix Operating System, Grace Todino, John Strang, Jerry Peek, 4th Ed., O'Reilly Publishing, 1997 (ISBN 1-56592-390-1).
Unix for Dummies, John Levine & Margaret Young, 5th Ed., IDG Books Worldwide, 2004 (ISBN 0-7645-4147-1).
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
Understand the History of Unix
Identify and use different shells
- Find help on different UNIX commands and utilities
- Use the different file and process commands
- Redirect standard input and output
- Understanding of a bunch of common unix commands and their uses
- Create and use simple shell scripts
The final course grade will be computed as follows:
*Some extra points may be awarded based on class participation/attendance.
*DO NOT ASK for your grade to be rounded. There is no rounding of grades in this course.
*NOTE: THE OVERALL GRADE SHOWN IN CANVAS MAY NOT BE AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF YOUR ACTUAL GRADE IN THE COURSE. ALWAYS USE THE SYLLABUS
BREAKDOWN TO CALCULATE YOUR OVERALL GRADE.*
| Final Exam
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 a midterm and a final exam. You will be required to
bring and show your Student ID on test days to take the tests. The
final exam will be cumulative. The test format will be a mixture
of multiple choice, short-answer, script reading/writing (if applicable).
- 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.
- Assignment specifications will be
posted on the web page.
- Turn in all assignments on time! Late assignments
will be accepted up to 24 hours after the due date, with the deduction of a
letter grade (10% of the assignment total points). Assignments more than a day late
will not be accepted.
- STUDENTS are responsible for ensuring that their homework file was
submitted correctly and on time.
1. A student will be allowed to make up a missed test if he or she has
a notice of illness from the Student Heath Center or family physician.
Any other excuses that are not medical or emergency related will be at
the discretion of the instructor, and must be approved in advance.
2. If a student has a legitimate excuse for missing an exam, they must notify the instructor (Ms. Vastola)
within 48 hours of the exam date. Failure to do so will result in the student being unable to take a make up exam.
Let me know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you have an excused absense for an exam.
3. "I forgot" is not a valid excuse for missing a test. Test dates are posted on the course website well in advance
of the tests. Please keep up to date with the course calendar, test dates, and due dates of assignments.
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).
- It is NOT appropriate to share any amount of code with your classmates
- DO NOT POST YOUR CODE ONLINE. If I find your code online (online compilers, text sites, blogs,
help sites, etc...), no matter what the intent was in posting your code, this is automatically in violation
of the Academic Honor Policy and the appropriate actions will be taken. DO NOT USE online compilers, chat rooms, or
post any amount of your code on the web. I'll find out, trust me.
- If you've posted a homework question for a solution on sites like Chegg, course hero, etc. This is considered a violation of the honor
- "Pay for code" is also obviously an honor code violation. You wont pass my tests anyways if you choose this route.
- If you have previously taken the course, you are NOT permitted to submit your old work for any assignment
in the current semester. You must do your work from scratch. This is included in the FSU honor policy. See the
- 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 it is found that a student has violated the academic honor policy
the student is not permitted to drop or withdraw from the course, and must complete the course
with the sanctions accessed via the policy. This is a UNIVERSITY policy. (Added for clarification, 2/17/15)
- 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.