UNIX Operating System I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ITSC-1307-001 UNIX Operating System I


Course Description

Introduction to the UNIX operating system including multi-user concepts, terminal emulation, use of system editor, basic UNIX commands and writing script files. Includes introductory system management concepts.

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Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

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Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 3 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information




You will need access to the Internet and a Windows (or Linux) PC or Mac.

Note that phone or MIFI based hotspots will not work due to frequent IP address changes.

Student Performance

Course Description: Introduction to the UNIX operating system including multi-user concepts, terminal emulation, use of system editor, basic UNIX commands, and writing script files. Includes introductory system management concepts.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Use basic UNIX commands; apply terminal emulation; use a system editor; and manage individual user accounts and files.

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Log in using the AC Connect Portal

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to maintain a high standard of individual honor in their scholastic work. Students who are guilty of cheating, plagiarism, copying, or dishonesty may be excluded from class with a grade of  F; or, in flagrant cases, may be suspended from the College. The faculty of the CIS Department reserves the right to ask a student to verify any portion of a test by reproducing any specific section or all of the test in question.
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Any action that compromises the computer systems at Amarillo College can result in a grade of "F" in this course and possible further disciplinary action.

Grading Criteria

Your semester grade (90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, Below 60 F) will be calculated as the average of:

  1. Lab Average
  2. Midterm Exam (on-campus)
  3. Final Exam (on-campus)

The Lab Average will be calculated as:

  1. All work will be graded at the deadline.
  2. Late work will not be accepted/regraded.
  3. The lowest grade will be dropped.

If access to campus is restricted for any reason and we are not able to take either/both of the seated, on-campus exams, the final grade will be calculated without the missing exam(s).

No grades will be recorded (and late penalties will apply) until students complete the contact/contract form ("lab0") which will be distributed by the instructor.

Attendance, Homework, Late Work, Testing and Computer Lab Policies can be found at:



Through distance learning, you will establish your presence online.  Assignments will be posted on Blackboard (and email sent) every Monday morning.  Course grades will be posted on Blackboard.  You will need to check your email and grades.

Please note that NO extensions will be granted for the deadlines specified in the weekly assignments.

Also note that you will be required to come to campus to take a seated Midterm Exam and Final Exam:

  •     Midterm Exam:  will be given on Week 4, Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:15 PM

  •     Final Exam:  will be given on Week 8, Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:15 PM

 Makeup exams will not be given.

Note that this class will require a considerable amount of time outside of class to complete all of the course work!

If you stop working on the class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by the deadline, you will receive an F for the course.  The deadline for dropping a class at AC is published in the official Amarillo College Schedule of Classes.


Week 1:  Course orientation.  Introduction to an Operating System.  UNIX/Linux history.
Week 2:  Navigating the filesystem.  Copy/move/rename files and directories.
Week 3:  The "vi" text editor.  Program output redirection and pipes.
Week 4:  UNIX/Linux file and directory permissions.  UNIX/Linux shell scripts introduction. 
Week 5.  An assortment of UNIX/Linux commands.
Week 6:  UNIX/Linux man pages.
Week 7:  More UNIX/Linux commands.
Week 8:  UNIX/Linux shell scripts.

Additional Information

New Social Services Office at Amarillo College

Resources for social services or emergency services for students are available at - http://www.actx.edu/resources/.  So please let me know if there is some situation that you have that is interfering with your performance in the class, and be sure to take advantage of the resources available through the Social Services Office.

CIS Labs
2nd floor Byrd Building.  Labs open 7 days a week.  Students can get help with this course as well as other technical help.

Helpful Links:

CIS Web Site: http://cis.actx.edu

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AskAC -  http://www.actx.edu/contact/-   Please contact AskAC for technical help. Contact your instructor for help with this class. 

Student Help Center -  http://www.actx.edu/ctl/index.php?module=article&id=178-   Offers technical help to AC students 


Writers' Corner

If you feel you need help organizing and writing course work, check this out:
Writers’ Corner: Tutoring with Pizzazz - http://www.actx.edu/english/index.php?module=article&id=36. Writers' Corner is a great resource for help with writing papers and assignments. They can't help you with the content of your work, but they can help you write your work in the proper format.

AC Distance Education Home Page -  http://www.actx.edu/de/-   Information on requirements and taking an online course. 

Learn about using AC Connect (Blackboard) and using features of our course by reviewing the following tutorials:

Blackboard On Demand Learning Center for Studentshttp://ondemand.blackboard.com/students.htm

AC Connect Student Resources- http://www.actx.edu/ctl/index.php?module=article&id=222

Syllabus Created on:

05/16/22 6:46 AM

Last Edited on:

05/16/22 6:53 AM