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Thu 11 Jun 2020
09:30 - 17:00


Provided by: University Information Services - Digital Literacy Skills


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Unix: Introduction to the Command Line Interface (Self-paced)

Thu 11 Jun 2020


Bookings for this course are placed on hold in response to the rapidly changing events due to COVID-19. The status of these courses will be reviewed towards the end of April 2020. See the University's COVID-19 page for up to date information.

The course is designed to take someone from having no knowledge of the Unix command line to being able to navigate around directories, and doing simple file manipulation. Then some of the more basic commands, will be introduced, including information on how to get more help from the system itself. Finally accessing remote computers by ssh and the most basic of shell scripts will be introduced.

Target audience
  • All current University members (departments and colleges)
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Basic computer skills i.e. familiarity with using a keyboard and mouse. No Unix knowledge is expected.


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 11 Jun   09:30 - 12:30 09:30 - 12:30 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Stuart Rankin
2 Thu 11 Jun   13:30 - 17:00 13:30 - 17:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Stuart Rankin
Topics covered
  • Launching a terminal window
  • Launching graphical applications from the command line
  • Navigating the file system in the CLI
  • Running applications in the CLI
  • Redirecting data
  • Piping commands
  • File name wildcards
  • Environment variables
  • Configuring the CLI
  • Remote access to other Unix systems
  • Trivial shell scripts

Presentation with self-paced practicals.

Taught using

MCS Linux


Two half day sessions


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