CSIS 48: UNIX/Linux Operating System   

Spring (late January) 2015
CRN 40xxx, lecture class
CRN 40xxx, online class


Welcome to the information page for csis 48. Please send your email address to me at dvantassel@gavilan.edu so I will be able to contact you as needed. 

You will be able to access the course BEFORE January 25, 2015. If you e-mail me after enrolling for the class, I will set up an account for you and you can start on the course earlier. Click on the log on button below and follow the instructions. Students that attend some lectures/labs usually do quite good in this course, but contrast online-only students often do poorly. So plan to attend some lectures.

You must log on and begin the course within 3 days of the start of the class, or you may be dropped to make space for students wishing to add. There are 3 simple assignments, you can do without needing the textbook. Please contact me by email if you have any questions.

Syllabus How to log on Orientation to Online Learning Online Help Pages

How to 
Log in:
You will be able to log into the class BEFORE the first week of classes.


Dennie Van Tassel, dvantassel@gavilan.edu
Office: Morgan Hill site
Office hours: Sunday 4-7:30 PM
Fall/Spring semesters

CSIS Department

Date, Time & Place: This class is a hybrid class, meaning there are 2 versions of the course, online or lecture, and you can take either version and come to lectures as desired. All programming courses are difficult to do online, but much easier if you come to lectures. Students that attend lectures consistently get higher grades for the course, especially if you do not have prior programming experience. While close to 100% of the students that attend lectures complete the course with a high grade, less then 50% complete the course that do not attend lectures.
Students will be required to complete assigned readings, writings, online discussion, quizzes or exams, and projects each week. There will be weekly due dates, but students may log on to complete work at any time during the week. 

This course will provide the basics of the UNIX/Linux operating system, including the history and the use of UNIX/Linux with hands-on experience using commands and files. Topics to be covered include basic UNIX/Linux commands, text editing, files and directories, electronic mail, pipes and filters, and shell programming. This course has the option of a letter grade or credit/no credit.

Objectives: Students will learn advanced how to use Linux/UNIX systems. CSIS 48 transfers to both UC and CSU, and is a desirable course in many majors, such as Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, etc. Linux skills are also very valuable in many occupations.
Web Orientations: The Gavilan Library will offer several orientations to online courses during the first two weeks of the semester. If you have never taken an online course, this orientation will provide critical information to help you be successful in this class. If you are unable to attend an orientation on campus, an online tutorial will be available. For more details see the schedule of orientations
Texts: The text being used for this semester is: A Practical Guide to Linux(R) Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, 3rd edition, by Mark Sobell, Prentice Hall ISBN-10: 0-133-08504-X, (2012). See course syllabus for information about the older 2nd edition, but it is not much cheaper.
The books are available in the Gavilan bookstore or online (see syllabus).
Syllabus: For more details, you can see the class syllabus for the current semester.

Address of this page:
Last updated: September 04, 2014.
Please email dvantassel@gavilan.edu  for questions or comments.