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The Unix operating system is prevalent in the world today. It provides the basis for the operating systems used in most web servers, super-computers, cell phones and tablets. In advanced computer science courses, or in the work place, you will not necessarily be writing and running programs on your own personal computers. You may be interacting with programs running on a remote web server, on a super-computer on the other side of the world, or on an embedded system which does not even have a display. This course will give you the skills needed to work with remote systems, and increase your efficacy in using any computer system.
This is an online course which is broken into 14 weeks. Each week has a notes page which includes a short video introduction and detailed material for the week. Each week also includes an online quiz which you are to complete. The goal of the quizzes is for you to check that you understand the important points of each video. They will be graded, but are open-notes and you can repeat them as many times as you like.
The quizzes for this course are hosted on Canvas. You should see CPSC 225 listed under your courses. If you do not, please contact me as soon as possible. This course will also require you to complete several homework assignments where you will work independently applying the skills you have learned to complete some task. Information on each assignment is available on on the course web page. Lastly, there is a final exam that you will complete at the end of the course. The exam will be open-note, and not timed, but you will only have one attempt at it.
For the most part, you can go at your own pace with this course. The only deadline is that all work must be completed by the end of the semester. There is no reason that you can't get ahead and complete the course early, but I would recommend not putting the course work off too much during the semester. If I am flooded with questions at the end of the semester, I may not necessarily be able to help you.
This course has a discussion board hosted on Canvas. If you have questions about course material, you are strongly encouraged to post them on the discussion board. This way, all students in the course can benefit from both the question and the answer. You are also encouraged to contribute to discussions yourself. For this course there are usually many ways to solve each problem, so you may have a better answer to a question than I do. I will also post topics relevant to the course over the semester.
I hope you will enjoy this course and it empowers you to be comfortable and efficient in your dealings with computers. Good luck!
There are fourteen weeks in the semester and fourteen sets of notes and quizzes. All materials and assignments are posted at the beginning of the semester, so you will be able to get ahead in the course if you wish. The final exam, and all other assignments are due at the end of the semester which is Friday, May 3, at 5:00 PM. The final exam will be posted well before the end of the semester.
This is an online course, so there is a lot of flexibility in terms of exactly when you learn the material and complete quizzes and assignments. However, you are expected to read over each set of notes and complete all quizzes and assignments by the end of the semester. If you have questions, you are expected to seek help.
This course is no different from any other at The University of Mary Washington in that you are expected to communicate with your instructor and fellow students, attend each class and to complete work in a timely manner. To have success in an online course you also need to be motivated and have good time management skills.
You will can access the quizzes by logging into https://canvas.umw.edu/ using your UMW account credentials. If you need technical assistance at any time during the course or to report a problem with Canvas you can:
No late work will be accepted for this course. Final grades will not be rounded up, and no extra credit opportunities will be given on an individual basis.
The University provides the opportunity to provide grading feedback midway through the semester. This will take into account your score on the mid-term exam and the programming projects submitted up to that point. Any student receiving less than a 65% on either of these will receive a "U" for their mid-semester grade. If this happens to you, please don't hesitate to talk with me about how we can improve your performance in this class.
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|Date||Lecture and Quiz||Assignment|
|Week 1||Introduction to Unix|
|Week 2||Working with files and directories|
|Week 3||Files and directories continued|
|Week 4||Text editing with Vim||Assignment 1|
|Week 5||Using Git to manage file history|
|Week 6||Users, permissions and packages||Assignment 2|
|Week 7||Customizing the shell and Vim|
|Week 8||Man pages and processes|
|Week 9||Searching, replacing and comparing files||Assignment 3|
|Week 10||Input/Output redirection and pipes|
|Week 11||Using Git to collaborate with others||Assignment 4|
|Week 12||Saving commands in shell scripts|
|Week 13||More about Vim|
|Week 14||More shell scripting||Assignment 5|
|Exam Week||Final Exam|
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