Linux Operating System

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 118

       Course Name: Linux Operating System

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course teaches theoretical and hands-on instruction using the LINUX operating system environment. Content includes basic LINUX operating system concepts, terminology, file management, general utility commands, command processor (shells), and editors. Recommended: CIS101 or CIS103 or comparable computer experience.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
  1. Explain the basic Linux operating system concepts and terminology
  2. Create a useful file management system
  3. Demonstrate the use of basic Linux commands
  4. Demonstrate the use of Linux editors

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction
    1. History and development
    2. Current versions and releases
    3. Divisions
      1. Commands and Utilities
      2. System Calls and Library Routines
      3. System Administration Utilities
      4. Documentation Preparation
      5. Languages and Support Tools
  2. File systems
    1. File names
    2. Directories
    3. File and directory directed commands
    4. Protection and privileges
  3. Commands
    1. Online manual
    2. Command processors (Shells)
      1. Bourne
      2. Korn
      3. C shells
    3. Editors
      1. vi
      2. ed
      3. sed
      4. nroff
      5. lex
      6. version specific
    4. Languages
      1. c
      2. awk
      3. yacc
    5. LINUX communication
  4. Major Add-ons (Third Party Sources)
    1. X-windows
    2. Xtree
    3. Popular packages

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Program demonstrations, hands-on usage, textbook reading, applicable web site references, lecture, class discussions, group work, and guest speakers may be used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Read course materials (textbook and current journals) prior to assigned date.  Completion of required assignments, exercises, quizzes, exams and lab assignments.

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

  1. Quizzes to be determined by instructor
  2. Exams to be determined by instructor
  3. Evaluation of lab exercises
  4. Evaluation of other homework 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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.