ULI101 Course Outline

Course Code: ULI101
Course Name: Introduction to UNIX/Linux and the Internet
Offered Date: Winter - 2019 | Other versions
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Course Description:
Unix and Linux represent the operating system technology underlying many of the services of the Internet. This subject introduces students to Unix, Linux and the Internet. Students will learn the core utilities to work productively in a Linux environment. Students will do this work using the shell, at the same time learn to configure their login accounts, manipulate data stored in files, effectively use Linux commands and utilities, and write simple shell scripts.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CTY - Computer Systems Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)
Required for CNS - Computer Networking and Technical Support (Ontario College Diploma)
Prerequisite: None (this is a Level 1 course)
Mode of Instruction: Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configuration: Computer lab
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall, Winter, and summer terms
Learning Outcomes:
1. Execute Linux commands to manage files and directories.

2. Edit text files using common text editors in order to configure the system and write scripts.

3. Write shell scripts to solve programming problems, including customizing user environments to improve working efficiency.

4. Describe the directory layout of a typical Linux system in order to maintain and secure Unix directories and files.

5. Use Linux pipes and file redirection to manipulate data.

6. Form simple regular expressions to define patterns.
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Introduction to Unix and Linux - 20%
    • The role of an Operating System
    • Unix and Linux history
    • Software licensing
    • Account maintenance
    • User interface
    • Window managers
    • Common GUI applications
    • The terminal window
    • Basic commands
    • Text editing
    • Linux distributions
    • Running your own Linux
  • Common Utilities - 10%
    • Filters
    • Command aids (file, which, find)
    • Useful commands (echo, date)
    • Online system information (man)
  • Unix File System - 20%
    • File hierarchy
    • Managing files and directories (ls, cat, more, less, rm, cd, cp, mv, mkdir, rmdir)
    • Kinds of files (directory, ordinary, linked)
    • Filenames (hidden files)
    • Absolute and relative pathnames (pwd)
    • Access permissions (chmod, umask)
    • Remote login and file transfer through SSH (ssh, scp, sftp)
  • Data Representation - 5%
    • Data representation concepts
    • Numbering system conversions
  • Shell Basics - 25%
    • Common shells
    • Command execution
    • Command line editing (correcting mistakes, recalling commands)
    • Process management
    • Standard input and output
    • File redirection and piping (<, >, >>, l)
    • Ambiguous file references (?, *, [ ])
    • Quoting special characters
    • Common environment variables
    • Startup files
    • Introduction to scripting concepts
    • Command execution via scripts
    • Script arguments
  • Regular Expressions – 20%
    • Basic regular expressions
    • Using regular expressions with vi
    • Using regular expressions with grep, sed, and awk
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:

Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors and Shell Programming by M. Sobell; (3rd edition) ISBN 0-133-08504- X or (2nd edition) ISBN 0-131-47823-0
A Practical Guide to Linux by M. Sobell; Addison-Wesley, ISBN: 0-201-89549-8
  • USB Flash Drive, 8GB minimum (Formatted NTFS)
  • 250GB SSD with USB 3.0 enclosure (available at the bookstore)
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  • Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  • Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  • Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course
  • Must satisfactorily complete and submit all assignments

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.


Lab Quizzes 12%
Assignments (minimum of 3) 18%
Test  (1) 30%
Final Exam 40%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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