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Introduction to the UNIX Operating System

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 118

       Course Name: Introduction to the UNIX Operating System

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103 or comparable computer experience.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course teaches theoretical and hands-on instruction using the UNIX operating system environment. Content includes basic UNIX operating system concepts, terminology, file management, general utility commands, command processor (shells), and editors.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic UNIX operating system concepts and terminology.
  2. Establish a useful file management system.
  3. Use common simple UNIX commands.
  4. Understand and use the online manual for UNIX commands.
  5. Explore the editors and languages of UNIX.
  6. See how the software industry is supporting UNIX.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction
        1.    History and development
        2.    Current versions and releases
        3.    Divisions
            a.    Commands and Utilities
            b.    System Calls and Library Routines
            c.    System Administration Utilities
            d.    Documentation Preparation
            e.    Languages and Support Tools

    B.    File systems
        1.    File names
        2.    Directories
        3.    File and directory directed commands
        4.    Protection and privileges
   
    C.     Commands
        1.    Online manual
        2.    Command processors (Shells)
           a.    Bourne
           b.    Korn
           c.    C shells
        3.    Editors
            a.    vi
            b.    ed
            c.    sed
            d.    nroff
            e.    lex
            f.    version specific
        4.    Languages
            a.    c
            b.    awk
            c.    yacc
        5.    UNIX communication
   
    D.    Major Add-ons(Third Party Sources)
        1.    X-windows
        2.    Xtree
        3.    Popular packages

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, class discussion, lab exercises. This course will be taught entirely in the computer lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A. Reading: Primary reading material will be the required text and needed lab manuals. Additional reading will include magazines, journals, and other texts available in the library.
B. Writing: All assignments must be documented to explain the procedures being used, how the command is to be entered, expected input and output.
C. Oral presentations: Optional.
D. Mathematics: High school algebra.
E. Computer use: All lab assignments must be done on any available computer accessing UNIX from OCCNet.
F. Lab practices: The students will be allowed to develop their assignments on whatever computer is available to them but will be required to demonstrate capability on the current equipment in the assigned lab.
G. Fieldwork: None.
H. Clinical: None.
I. Other: Extra credit can be earned by attending local conferences or meetings and presenting an acceptable report.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A. Quizzes
B. Exams
C. Lab assignments

XI.   Other Course Information

This course was previously offered as CIS117

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.