Course Summary
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5 days (40 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Information Technology or Computer Science


The course objective is to focus on the essential skills needed to work with Linux on a daily basis, as an end user or a basic system administrator. The skills learned in this course apply across all the major Linux distributions including Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu and SUSE. The course is supplemented with many hands-on exercises that reinforce the lectures. No prior knowledge of Linux is necessary to take this course.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use the various components of the GNOME desktop
  • Use the rich set of Linux file management utilities
  • Modify bash startup files
  • Use networking utilities including ssh, scp, and sftp
  • Log in and out of the system
  • Launch graphical applications
  • Perform work using terminal shell windows
  • Navigate through the file system
  • Get help using the online manual
  • Use the bash shell for a wide variety of functions
  • Use various file manipulation utilities
  • Launch and control jobs
  • Kill processes through knowledge of the process tree
  • Use the rich set of common Linux filters
  • Write scripts to control the bash shell
  • Use software tools such as make and ar
  • Use administrative utilities such as tar, crontab and yum

General Course Topics:

  • User interaction with Linux command line and graphical user interfaces
  • Basic file, process, and administrative command syntax
  • File and text manipulation
  • Self-guided help resources
  • Shell script programming concepts, including environment variables
  • Basic program flow control for shell scripts
  • Linux networking and file transfer applications
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other

Minimum Passing Score:

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