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Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night. - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Winter (JanuaryApril) 2012

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Important Dates for CST8207 Students

See also Academic Calendar Winter 2012 [PDF].

  • 2012-01-09 - Monday January 9 - Week 1 - classes start
  • 2012-02-10 - Friday February 10 - Week 5 - Midterm #1 of 2 (15%)
  • 2012-02-20 to 2012-02-24 - Algonquin Study Break Week (no classes)
  • 2012-03-16 - Friday March 16 - Week 9 - Midterm #2 of 2 (25%)
  • 2012-03-23 - Friday March 23 - Week 10 - final withdrawal date
  • 2012-04-06 - Friday April 6 - Week 12 - Good Friday (no classes)
  • 2012-04-21 to 2012-04-28 - Week 15 - Algonquin Final Assessment Week
  • 2012-04-23 - Monday April 23 11h30 (11:30am to 2pm) - CA105(A,B,C) - Final exam (35%)

Assignments will be due every week or two for a total of 15%.

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Plagiarism and Academic Fraud

No unauthorized copying! Restricted group work! Restricted working together!

For the modern student, plagiarism isn't all it used to be. In fact, many don't see it as an issue in the least. According to the New York Times, technology has fostered a laissez-faire attitude towards the practice. Many students plagiarize -- and many don't think they're doing anything wrong. More Students Misunderstand The Fundamentals Of Plagiarism

Working together is not permitted except in assignments specifically labelled by the instructor as group assignments. Share your ideas, never your answers.

Cutting-and-pasting an answer is not solving a problem. Do your own thinking and type your own answers. No cutting-and-pasting. Assignments containing cut-and-paste answers will be penalized.

Even where using another person's material is permitted (from other students, books, the Internet, or even from the blackboard or posted course notes), copying material from other sources and submitting it without proper credit to the author is an academic offence called plagiarism. You must credit the source of material that you did not write yourself, no matter from where it comes!

Students working together without authorization or submitting work containing cut-and-paste or plagiarized material will be charged with academic fraud under Algonquin Academic Regulations. Read the plagiarism document for details.

See also: Algonquin College Directives and Algonquin College Policy AA20 - Plagiarism

Cutting-and-pasting an answer is not solving a problem. Do your own thinking and type your own answers. No cutting-and-pasting. Assignments containing cut-and-paste answers will be penalized.

Recommended Course Textbooks

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There is no required textbook for this course. We have selected some recommended (not required) textbooks for this course; the titles and purchase information are given in the Course Outline. The recommended textbooks are a reliable, comprehensive sources of accurate GNU/Linux information. Motivated students may choose instead to discover and use free Internet resources instead of a purchased textbook. Additional web-based notes will be provided on-line.

Alternate Web Notes

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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/cst8207/12w/    (main .com site)
    The main dot .com site is located in a large data centre in Troy, Michigan, USA.
  2. http://teaching.idallen.org/cst8207/12w/    (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/cst8207/12w/     (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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