CS 197U - Spring 2020

Introduction to Unix

Course Information:

Instructor: Arun Dunna
UCA: Vinay Ramesh
Lectures: Mondays/Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Location: LGRC A301
Piazza: piazza.com/umass/spring2020/cmpsci197u

Please keep questions/notes/comments to Piazza, and organize your content into the appropriate topic folder. Course staff will try to respond within 24h.

Office Hours:

Office hours will be held in LGRT T220, and will be ran from 1/28 - 3/6.


iClicker Questions: 20%
Attendance: 10%
Quizzes: 30%
Labs: 40%

Attendance Policy:

Coming to class is highly encouraged, so attendance will be checked and graded. Only athletic events, health reasons, or other extenuating circumstances (such as family illness) will count as excused. Post a private note to Piazza or send me an email if this comes up.

Devices Policy:

Please take notes on paper, cardboard, stone tablet, etc. Please do not use phones or other devices during class. While taking notes on a laptop is allowed, note that handwritten notes are more beneficial to you.

Late Policy:

Quizzes may not be submitted late. Labs turned in late will be marked 25% off for each day late, until they are worth 0%. This means that they may not be turned in after 3 days past the lab deadline.

Academic Honesty:

Follow the official academic honesty policy. Don’t cheat. This class will help prepare you for future CS courses; Googling all the answers on quizzes won’t help you any in the future.

Other Information:

In this course, we will use Gradescope for assignment submission and grading. You will be required to give consent to use this platform, which will be obtained the first week of class. If you do not consent, you will need to contact course staff to arrange an alternative method of assignment submission and grading.

This classroom is equipped with Echo360 lecture recording, and it will be used to record and store the course lectures. These recordings are intended to only capture the instructor, but may also capture student audio participation or those who get in frame. These lectures will be edited and released on Moodle within a few days of their recording. If you have any concerns, please contact the instructor.