College of DuPage

CIS 1450: Intro to Linux/Unix Operating Systems

Course Overview

Introduction to Linux/Unix Operating Systems (CIS1450) is an introduction to two multi-user, interactive real-time operating systems.  This course primarily uses the command line interface to access the bash shell interface to the Linux kernel.  A variety of online help systems are explored.  A discussion of ASCII text file structures, file and directory security, text editors, and text file processing utilities are covered.  An introduction to regular expressions used in the grep, sed, and awk utilities is also given.  A number of bash shell utilities are practiced and used in some simple scripts.  Finally, discussions of foreground and background processes are addressed.

CIS1450 combines textbook readings, online research, instructor notes, hands on exercises, assignments and assessments to introduce/increase one’s understanding of the Linux environment.

CIS1450 is a 3 semester credit hour class.

Why Should I Take CIS 1450?

Linux is an open source operating system used in server, end user, and embedded systems.  It is rapidly gaining popularity in the computing industry as a low-cost, viable alternative to more expensive, proprietary operating systems.  Industry professionals seeking to secure their employability will benefit from knowing a variety of operating system environments.  CIS1450 is a pre-requisite to more advanced Unix and Linux based courses.  It is also a requirement for several COD certificates.

Necessary Equipment

In addition to the textbooks, one will need a computer with Internet access.  Secure remote access (putty, ssh, etc.) to the COD Linux Server is used to complete the hands on exercises.  A Web browser is used to complete the online research.

Should I Take CIS 1450 Online?

Experience indicates that students most successful in an online version of a course are students who work with computers on a regular basis and are comfortable with online interaction.

If you have never before enrolled in an online course, visit the COD web site, Succeeding in Internet Courses, to determine if this method of study works for you. The Self Assessment Tools will also guide you in your decision. Finally, Frequently Asked Questions will address your hardware and software needs for the class.