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Introduction to UNIX

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Introduction to UNIX
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011
Module code: PIB110
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2P (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
50 % of the marks acquired in the practical lab work, 60-minute Written examin.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

DFBI-341 (P610-0198) Computer Science and Web Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2018 , semester 6, optional course
PIB110 (P221-0014) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011 , semester 1, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 90 hours (equivalent to 3 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 67.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
PIB423 System Management and Security
PIB515 System Architecture

[updated 10.04.2013]
Module coordinator:
Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Pauly
Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Pauly
Dipl.-Ing. Achim Pick

[updated 19.07.2011]
Learning outcomes:
Students will learn how to make effective, professional use of the UNIX operating system and, in particular, how to use it as a programming environment.

[updated 08.05.2008]
Module content:
UNIX fundamentals
-        Starting and shutting down the computer, runlevels, .profile-files
Overview of desktop environments for UNIX
-        CDE, KDE, GNOME
Shell as a command interpreter
-        Commands, metacharacters, quoting, I/O concept, the pipes concept, shell variables, command line parsing, command grouping, sub-shells
Differences between selected shells
-        sh, bash, ksh, csh, tcsh
-        vi, vim, ed, sed
Access authorization and data security
- chmod, chgrp, chown, umask
The twenty most important UNIX commands
- ls, mkdir, rmdir, mv, cp, rm, ln, ...
Shell programming, shell scripts
- Syntax, variable substitution, positional parameters
Control structures, built-in commands, arithmetic expressions, regular expressions
Program development tools in the UNIX environment
- Make, Debugger and Compiler
UNIX network utilities
- The Berkley remote utilities (‘r* utilities’) ruptime, rwho, rusers, rsh, rcp
  and rlogin and their application
Standard network tools telnet, ftp, finger, ssh, ping, traceroute and their application

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Recommended or required reading:
GULBINS:  UNIX System V.4, Springer, 1995
POWERS, PEEK, OREILLY, LOUKIDES:  Unix Power Tools, OReilly, 2002
ROSENBLATT:  Learning the Korn Shell, OReilly, 1995
STAPELBERG:  UNIX SYSTEM V.4 für Einsteiger und Fortgeschrittene, Addison-Wesley, 1995

[updated 08.05.2008]
Module offered in:
WS 2016/17, WS 2015/16, WS 2014/15, WS 2013/14, WS 2012/13, ...
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