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Fall (SeptemberDecember) 2005

I teach one lecture section (010) on Thursday and one lab section (011) on Wednesday.  See my Prof Timetable schedule to make an office appointment to see me.

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Important Dates for CST8129 Students

  • 2005-08-29 - Week 1 - Algonquin classes start
  • 2005-09-02 - last day for admission to Fall classes
  • 2005-09-05 - Labour Day Monday - no classes
  • 2005-09-29 - Week 5 - First term test (on paper only)
  • 2005-10-10 - Thanksgiving Monday - no classes
  • 2005-11-02 - Week 10 - Second term test (online in lab)
  • 2005-11-11 - last day to withdraw without academic penalty
  • 2005-12-09 - last day of Algonquin classes
  • 2005-12-10 - start of Algonquin exam period
  • 2005-12-12 - 11h30 - 14h30 Final Exam - online - T127
  • 2005-12-17 - end of Algonquin exam period
  • 2006-01-02 - start of classes for Winter term 2006

See also the "Academic Calendar" on the Algonquin Registrar Office Page.

Forward your Algonquin EMail

You must have a working Algonquin EMail address for this course. You must read your EMail regularly (daily) during the school term.

From on-campus at Algonquin, you can forward your Algonquin EMail to any other address you wish.  If you do this, please ensure that your replies originate from your Algonquin EMail address or else my spam blocker may throw away your unknown mail address as junk. Your "From:" address must be your Algonquin EMail address, not a Hotmail or Carleton address.

You are responsible for keeping your own forwarding address accurate during the term.  During the term, I will only send your marks to your (possibly forwarded) Algonquin EMail address.

You may wish to set your "alternate" EMail using Algonquin ACSIS while on campus.  I may use your alternate EMail to inform you that your main Algonquin EMail account has a forwarding error; no personal data will ever be sent to the alternate EMail address.

Plagiarism and Academic Fraud

No copying!  No group work!  No working together!

There are no group assignments in this course.  Working together is not permitted. Copying material from sources that are not your own personal work (from other students, books, the Internet, or even from the blackboard or posted course notes) and submitting it without proper authorization and attribution is an academic offence called plagiarism

Students working together or submitting work containing plagiarized material will be charged with academic fraud.  Read the plagiarism document for details.

See also: Algonquin College Academic Policies

Required Course Materials

Required Course Textbook

UNIX Shells by Example (fourth edition)
Author: Ellie Quigley, ISBN: 0-13-147572-X, Publisher: Prentice Hall, Format: Paper; 1200 pp, Published: Fourth Edition 2005 (first printed September 2004)

The above text has many errors. For corrections, see the list of errata.

The above book is the only required textbook material for the daytime version of this course (section 010).  The bookstore sometimes adds other "suggested" materials (e.g. a Linux Chart) without my permission or knowledge; these are not needed. 

Alternate Web Notes

Web notes for this course are kept at multiple sites, including some broken web sites at Algonquin College. I pay for the notes to be stored on commercial Linux-based web hosting services, with backup copies located in various locations.

Write down the locations of the web notes and their backup copies from the list below. (You won't be able to get to this page if the main web site is down!)

  1. http://teaching.idallen.com/cst8129/05f/    (main .com site)
    The main dot .com site is located in a large data centre in Troy, Michigan, USA.
  2. http://teaching.idallen.org/cst8129/05f/    (note the dot .org domain suffix!)
    The .org site is located in a large data centre in New York.
  3. http://elearning.algonquincollege.com/coursemat/alleni/idallen/cst8129/05f/     (on campus)
    The ELEARNING site is accessible from inside Algonquin College even when the College Internet is broken. Unfortunately, the web server on ELEARNING is not configured correctly to run CGI scripts and it will not serve up the directory index files correctly. (See this note.) You can read the Class Notes by appending /notes/ to the above URL.

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