MCT120 - Introduction to UNIX

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Subject Title
Introduction to UNIX

Subject Description
This course provides students with the fundamentals of the Unix Operating System. Students are introduced to the commonly used system commands, and apply these commands through practical hands-on exercises.

Credit Status
 This subject is part of the UNIX/LINUX System Administration Recognition of Achievement Certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Use commonly used system commands.
2. Use the vi editor.
3. Create and manage the UNIX file system.
4. Understand UNIX security.
5. Manage processes.
6. Understand basic shell characteristics.
7. Understand printing.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

MCT100 or equivalent experience 

Topic Outline

Introduction to UNIX

  • The File System 
  • Logging in and out of UNIX 
  • Basic UNIX Commands

The UNIX Text Editor (vi)
  • Insert Mode 
  • Command Mode 
  • Last Line Mode

  • Changing Passwords 
  • File and Directory Permissions 
  • Umasks 
  • Changing Ownerships, Groups and Permissions 
  • SUID, SGID and Sticky Bit

  • What is a Process? 
  • Managing a Process

Shell Characteristics
  • What is a Variable?
  • How to use History
  • Using an Alias
  • What are "dot" files
  • Input/Output Redirection
  • Pattern Matching

Printing in Unix
  • Berkeley and AT&T

  • The "write" command 
  • The "talk" command 
  • The "mail" command 

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided with each participant having exclusive use of a computer.  

Prescribed Texts
The following course materials will be provided:
 Unix & Linux Visual QuickStart Guide 5th. Ed.
A Manual provided by Seneca College 

Required Supplies
USB Flash Drive 

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
This subject is part of the UNIX/LINUX System Administration Program.  Those students choosing to pursue their UNIX/LINUX System Administration Recognition of Achievement are required to write a final exam at the completion of this subject.  A mark of 70% or higher is required in the exam in order to apply this subject to the Recognition of Achievement Certificate. 

Approved by: Denis Gravelle