CSCI 373.002: Concepts in Unix -- General information

The instructor for CSCI 373 is Dean Brock. In CSCI 373, you learn how to be a Unix guru. The assumption is that you already know how to use Unix. In particular, you should know how to

If you don't know one or two of these, you're probably OK. If you don't know four of the five, you're probably not ready for this course.

CSCI 373 meets on Monday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Robinson 239. The textbook for the course is Mastering Tools, Taming Daemons: Unix for the Wizard Apprentice edited by the instructor and published by Prentice Hall (ISBN 0-13-228016-7). By the way, UNCA policy requires the instructor to place any royalties accruing from the sale of the book to this class' students in the UNCA general scholarship fund. There will also be additional readings on HTML, CGI, and perl. If appropriate, reference materials for these topics will be placed on reserve at the library; however, almost of the additional readings will be available through the web.

Here is that planned schedule of presentations for the course

One class meeting will be devoted to each of these topics.

Grades will be based on a combination of graded homework, in-class quizzes, and one final exam weighted as follows:

The final exam will be given on Monday, May 6, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Homework assignments will be announced via email and archived on the web. Graduating seniors will need to negotiate an appropriate means of evaluating their class work.

My office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. I do frequently read electronic mail and sending a message to my computer account,, is generally the best way to get a prompt response.

Copies of all handouts and homework assignments for CSCI 373 will be available via the web at

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