Undergraduate PROGRAMS

Course Information


Fundamental concepts of operating systems, emphasizing a hands-on introduction to UNIX. User interfaces, UNIX shell commands, the UNIX file system, task management, common system utilities, the UNIX programming environment. Students gain experience with system installation and administration. Duplicates CS 2204.

Why take this course?

The UNIX operating system is a common platform in industry and is used by many research organizations. It is important for Computer Engineering students to have a working knowledge of UNIX systems. The concepts taught in this course are required for subsequent courses in the Computer Engineering curriculum. The course occurs at the 2000 level because it requires a first-semester sophomore-level course (2574) as its prerequisite.

Duplicates CS 2204. Required for all CPE majors


C- or better in 2574

The course 2574 is listed as a prerequisite because some of that material, such as queues, recursion, and separate compilation, is utilized in the discussion of UNIX.

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • answer questions relating to the operation and use of multi-user, multi-process operating systems such as UNIX
  • use UNIX as a general working environment, including file management, application use, and network access
  • demonstrate an ability to compile programs in a UNIX environment, and to use commonly available software tools including compilers, editors, utilities, and scripting languages
  • apply basic system administration skills relating to user account creation and management, file system management, and network connection management

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

UNIX operating system concepts
(design philosophy, basic architecture, multi-user, multi-process)
Basic system usage 15%
System installation 5%
System security 5%
System administration 15%
More advanced system usage 10%
Editors and program composition tools 10%
Programming environment 15%
Utilities and advanced shell features 15%