DPS918 Course Outline

Course Code: DPS918
Course Name: Unix Bash Shell Scripting
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:
Every UNIX System Administrator and UNIX Programmer must be capable of working with shell scripts. This course is an intensive look at Linux, from the command level, and at the Bourne Again SHell (BASH). Students will learn how to write, debug, run, and modify complex BASH scripts. Also included is a thorough look into common Linux commands and utilities.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Professional Option for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: BTI320
Mode of Instruction: Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Classroom
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall and Winter terms
Learning Outcomes:
  • Use named pipes to communicate between processes
  • Write, modify, and debug complex BASH shell scripts
  • Effectively use Linux at the command level
  • Use terminal handling within BASH shell scripts
Topic Outline:

  •     History of Linux - 5%
  •     Common Commands - 5%
  •     File System, Permissions, Ambiguous File References - 10%
  •     Redirection, Piping - 5%
  •     Regular Expressions - 5%
  •     Filters - grep, sed, awk - 5%
  •     Terminal Handling - 5%
  •     Named Pipes - 5%
  •     Environment Customization - 5%
  •     BASH Scripting - 50%
    •         Variables
    •         Control Structures
    •         Shell Arithmetic
    •         Option Processing
    •         Functions
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:

  • Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors and Shell Programming by M. Sobell; ISBN 0-131-47823-0
Promotion Policy:

To obtain a credit in this course, a student must:

  •     Achieve a passing grade or better on the final exam
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Achieve a passing weighted average or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a passing grade or better on the overall course
Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory
For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Term Work 30%
Mid-term Test 30%
Final Exam 40%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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