Computer Science 282
January 2007

Title:   Introduction to System Programming
Instructor:   Cezar Câmpeanu
Email:   ccampeanu < at > upei < dot > ca
Office:   CASS 405
Tel:   (902)566-0485
Textbook:   Unix: The Textbook, 2/E by Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Robert Koretsky, and Syed Aqeel Sarwar,
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN-10: 032122731X
ISBN-13: 9780321227317
Textbook web site:,1144,032122731X,00.html
Course web site:   Go To:,
Then follow the links: Faculty and Staff, Cezar Câmpeanu, Personal webpage, Teaching, and CS282 under Winter 2007,
General description:   This course introduces the student to development tools, system programming, elementary networking in the UNIX environment, and C/C++ programming from the perspective of a second language. Topics include shell programming, debugging, editing, file and directory management, C and C++ programming and programming tools, the X-window system, inter-process communication and basic TCP/IP networking. This course provides the fundamental tools necessary for software development in the advanced Computer Science courses.
Prerequisite:   CS 152
Time and Location:   Monday and Wednesday 1:30-2:45, CC 101C
Office Hours:   Tuesday and Thursday 11:30-12:45, 2:30-3:30
Topics Include:  
  • Fundamental UNIX commands and utilities
  • C language; C++ language
  • C programming tools under UNIX (make, sccs, debugger)
  • Utility programs (for power users), data manipulation using filters
  • C Shell programming (scripts)
  • Basic TCP/IP networking, X-window system
  • Systems programming and inter-process communications
  • System administration
Midterm March 5, 2007
Final Exam Thursday, April 12 at 9:00 am, M 040
All assignment due dates have been adjusted
Please, check moodle server for the updated information.
Grading scheme:
Assignments Midterm Examination Final Examination
35% 30% 35%
Course Resources:
  1. Assignments
  2. Handouts
  3. Tentative Schedule
  4. Moodle login
  5. Assignment Policy
Important Notices: Please, check course web site periodically for updates. To view ps documents, you can download Aladdin Ghostview or another free viewer. To view PDF documents,you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe site. For operating system like Linux, the viewers are included into the distribution (everything is free and very reliable - for pdf files, please use gv or acroread, rather than xpdf). On Solaris workstation, you can download the files and view them with acroread (pdf) or ghostview (ps). To view them in your browser, you must enable the plug-in (Edit - Preferences - Navigator - Applications, select Portable Document Format (Postscript Document), Edit, click Application, and choose Acrobat, then click ok, and ok). For any problems concerning the CS282 pages, please contact me.
Note: Second year students and up that are interested in marking, please check with Michelle McKearney. They must fill out an application.
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