Linux Operating System
I. Course Prefix/Number: CIS 118
Course Name: Linux Operating System
Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Explain the basic Linux operating system concepts and terminology
- Create a useful file management system
- Demonstrate the use of basic Linux commands
- Demonstrate the use of Linux editors
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. History and development
2. Current versions and releases
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
3. File and directory directed commands
4. Protection and privileges
1. Online manual
2. Command processors (Shells)
c. C shells
f. version specific
5. Linux communication
D. Major Add-ons (Third Party Sources)
3. Popular packages
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
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 Linux 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
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
C. Lab assignments
XI. Other Course Information
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.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.