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Winter (JanuaryApril) 2018

Ian! D. Allen, BA (Psychology), MMath (Computer Science)
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Important Dates for CST8207 Students

2018-01-16 – Week 1 – Tuesday January 16 – Level 1 classes start
2018-01-17 – Week 1 – Wednesday January 17 09h00 – CST Level 1 Orientation in T130
2018-02-14 – Week 5 – Wednesday February 14 at 3pm in C346 – in-class Midterm #1 of 2 (10%)
2018-02-19 – Week 5.5 – Monday February 19 – Family Day (College closed)
2018-02-19 – Week 5.5 – Monday February 19 – Study Break Week (no classes Monday-Friday)
2018-03-21 – Week 9 – Wednesday March 21 at 3pm in C346 – in-class Midterm #2 of 2 (15%)
2018-03-22 – Week 9 – Thursday March 22 – final withdrawal date
2018-03-30 – Week 10 – Friday March 30 – Good Friday (College closed)
2018-04-21 – Week 14 – Algonquin Final Assessment Week Saturday through Saturday – Final Exam 40% April 28 10:30am – Exams end after 2018-04-28
2018-04-28 – Week 14 – Saturday April 28 10h30 (10:30am to 1:30pm) – T102A,B,C – Final exam (3 hours – 40%)
2018-09-05 – Week 1 – Wednesday September 5 – start of Fall Term 2018 and CST8207 Fall 2018

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

Due to the shortened school term, CST8207 Winter 2018 won't be able to cover fully Vocational Learning Outcome #6 (Use a variety of scripting tools and languages to automate routine tasks) or Course Learning Requirement #8 (Automate tasks using scripting).

Course Description

Consult the Course Outline (PDF) for the official description.

Students learn the basic concepts and features of the GNU/Linux operating system and utilities, the world's most well-known Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) project and the underlying technology supporting Google, Facebook and Android smart phones. Students examine the power of the GNU/Linux command line and the basics of shell scripting and task automation are studied. Students perform file system searches, full-text searches, and data-mine system log files to generate analyses of network attacks and intrusion attempts. Students also customize their shell programming environment to simplify repetitive tasks and support system administration functions.

Alternate Web Notes

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Web notes for this course are kept at multiple sites. 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/cst8207/18w/    (main .com site)
    The main dot .com site is located in a large data centre in Troy, Michigan, USA.
  2. http://teaching.idallen.org/cst8207/18w/    (note the dot .org domain suffix!)
    The .org site is located in a large data centre in New York.
  3. http://cst8207.idallen.ca/~idallen/teaching/cst8207/18w/     (on campus)
    The CST8207 site is accessible from inside Algonquin College even when the College Internet is broken.
  4. http://elearning.algonquincollege.com/coursemat/alleni/idallen/cst8207/18w/     (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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