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Instructor: Les Reynolds




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Course Catalog Description:


3239   3/24 to 5/7 (Mon. & Wed.) 11:30 AM to 1:25 PM

8239   1/21 to 3/6 (Tue. & Thur.) 4:25 PM to 6:20 PM.


All provisions in this syllabus are subject to revision by the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to note changes announced in class.


Required Text:

A Beginner's Introduction to Command-line Linux” (This book is available to download off the class website.) and “Linux for Dummies-Quick Reference” by Hughes and Navratilova.  ISBN: 0-7645-0760-5.  (You’ll have to buy this one).  Note: If you go on with Linux classes, you will want to KEEP the Linux for Dummies book as a reference. 

Other Materials:

Two 3.5” 1.4Mb floppy diskettes
#2 pencils for examinations


  1. Describe the operating features of Linux through Floppix.
  2. Navigate the file system.
  3. Manipulate file, document, and directory management functions 
  4. Search for files.
  5. Use redirection, pipes, and filters.
  6. Manage your Linux account.
  7. Demonstrate Internet use commands.
  8. Use scripting.
  9. Work as a superuser.
  10. Add users and groups
  11. Start and shutdown Linux.
  12. Manage file systems.
  13. And more…





The Course:  This is a command-line basic Linux course.  We use Floppix; a very small subset of Debian/ GNU Linux that fits on two 3.5" 1.4Mb diskettes. The current version is derived from Debian 2.1 (slink), copyright under the GNU GPL "copyleft".  It provides a platform to practice linux commands and experiment with simple system administration.


Holidays:  There will be no classes on March 17-23 (Spring Break).




Cellular Phones and Pagers: If you carry a portable communications device, please set the device on silent mode as to not disturb the class. If you receive a call, please defer the call until break or leave the class during your call.  Be courteous of your classmates.


Workload: Do the reading and homework and hand it in on time!  You should plan for approximately 3-6 hours per week of outside study in order to get full benefit from the course.  Homework will not be accepted if it’s late and final grade will reflect accordingly.


Attendance: Attendance is a component of your final grade.  Two unexcused absences could result either in an incomplete grade or automatic withdrawal (see the following).


Withdrawal: Students electing to withdraw from the class must do so according to the policies of the college. You will be subject to withdrawal if you miss the first two classes or you have a large number of unexcused absences. It is your responsibility to complete the proper paperwork if you intend to drop this class. Failure to do so will result in an "F" for the course.


Food in classroom: It is the policy of Paradise Valley Community College to not allow food or drinks in any classroom. Do not bring food or drinks into the classroom. If you do, you will be asked to leave.


Class behavior: Do not interrupt me or other students.  Do not talk while I am talking, because you or one of your classmates might miss something important.  If you want to socialize during class, take it out of the classroom.  Your grade will reflect on your behavior.





·        Assignments will be discussed in class.  If you are going to miss a class, your homework should be submitted to me via e-mail.  Please place the following as the subject of your e-mail: CIS126 (DO NOT INSERT SPACES.) Please send assignments to (Please note that there is an underline character between les_reynolds.  It doesn’t show because of the hyperlink underline.)


·        Assignments (chapter and labs) will be given to reinforce material covered in class.


·        Assignments turned in later than one week after the date due will NOT be accepted.  Under no circumstances will assignments be accepted after the final regular class (finals week is not a regular class).



·        A note about answering questions. Questions are designed to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Short answers only indicate you can memorize lists. I am looking for understanding of concepts. Keep your answers to the point. When a question asks you to "Explain", please give an adequate enough explanation to demonstrate you understand the material.  See the note on the assignment page in reference to lab assignments. Be sure your name, assignment number, and course number appear on all handed in materials.


Authorship of Work

Work submitted to the instructor is to be the student's original work. No group work will be accepted unless specifically directed by the instructor. If you quote work from any source, you must identify and recognize the source. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in a failure of the assignment.


Grading Algorithm:


Final grades will be based on the following schedule:



Percentage Range


90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


< 60%



1.  Q&A graded in class (each person does the Q&A for each chapter).  Save all Q&A’s and hand in graded ones at the end of the course.  = 20 Points


2.  “Lab” work consists of all “Exercises” from each chapter (you may do this in a group).  Hand in Exercises at the midpoint and end of the course.  = (10 + 10 = 20 Points


3.  Create a typed “log” of all commands we cover in here including definitions and uses.  You may use the Linux for Dummies book and the course book to create this.  = 20 Points


3.  Final Exam over entire class = 40 Points.


NOTE:  By accepting this syllabus, you understand the grading, assignment, and attendance policies I have for this class.  This syllabus is subject to change, but I will announce the change in advance.  You also agree to follow the section on campus computer technology (p. C-27) located in the Student Rights and Responsibilities in the student handbook.


The Last Word: I realize that many of us have extremely busy schedules. If you are going to be late or need to leave early for whatever reason, please let me know. Class will start promptly. When breaks are announced, please return from break on time. Breaks are tentatively scheduled for 10 minutes.  When I give a break, please take the time to stretch your legs or get a drink of water.  Lecture / lab will start promptly after the break.