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DSD: A Quick Introduction to UNIX
Course Description:

This course is designed as a beginner's guide to the Unix and Linux operating systems.

If you are already familiar with the UNIX command line, this course is not likely to be suitable and you should consider the Further Unix course which concentrates on data manipulation with command line tools such as grep and awk.

Because of its in-built strengths in network computing, multi-threading, multi-user computing Unix forms one of the backbone technologies of the World Wide Web and as Linux is becoming increasingly popular as an operating system on desktop computers. The course covers the most basic and frequently used Unix / Linux commands and introduces important concepts in security and managing your computing environment.


Please ensure you are using Desktop@UCL or the UCL VPN when booking because you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

Once you have enrolled, you will need to click on the play button under 'My current enrolments' in My Learning to join at the time of the live session. You will also receive an email from ISD containing the direct joining link a day before the session. Please check your junk folder as these emails are occasionally tagged as spam.

We would encourage those who are new to Microsoft Teams to join within the first 15 minutes of the advertised start time in order to test out their connection/audio. The actual session will start on the hour.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
  • State what Unix/Linux is
  • List some distributions of Unix/Linux
  • Explain how Unix stores files
  • Explain how variables are related to shells
  • Use appropriate commands to identify present directory and change directory
  • Use appropriate commands to view contents of current directory
  • Use appropriate commands to create and delete directories
  • Use appropriate commands to create, move, rename and delete files
  • Use appropriate commands to preview files
  • Use regular expressions to search files for a specified string
  • Use appropriate commands to redirect output
  • Explain file and directory access permissions
  • Use appropriate commands to amend access permissions to files and directories
  • Create and execute a simple script
Intended Audience:
This course is aimed at those wishing to familiarise themselves with the Unix operating system and to learn a few basic commands.
Target Audience: All
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