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Module ICE-1521:

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Franck Vidal

Overall aims and purpose

Introduce students to the theory and practice of Unix/Linux concepts and tools that are used on a daily basis, inc.:

Course content

Indicative content includes:

  • Overview of the OS
  • Command line interface
  • Utilities and tools
  • Directory and file structures
  • Process control
  • Shell scripting
  • Redirections
  • Pipes (inter-process communication)

Assessment Criteria


Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.


Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.


Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify key elements of the UNIX operating system, including the shell, kernel and system utilities.

  2. Construct appropriate shell scripts to automate or complete system tasks.

  3. Utilise system tools with redirection and pipes to achieve a goal.

  4. Use Regular Expressions to simplify processing of textual data.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLASS TEST Class Test 1 20
CLASS TEST Class Test 2 20
COURSEWORK Assignment 1 30
COURSEWORK Assignment 2 30

Teaching and Learning Strategy


1 hour per tutorial/lecture per week


1x2 hours a week

Private study
  • 72 hours of laboratory preparation and reports
  • 80 hours of self-study (inc. revision after the lectures; preparation for the assessed and non-assessed labs and the exam).

Transferable skills

  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.

Subject specific skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Knowledge of information security issues
  • Deploy tools effectively
  • Development of general transferable skills
  • Deploy systems to meet business goals
  • Methods, techniques and tools for information modelling, management and security
  • Knowledge of systems architecture
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
  • Specify, deploy, verify and maintain computer-based systems
  • Principles of appropriate supporting engineering and scientific disciplines

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