Computer Science 282
January 2012

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, 3/E /2/E by Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Robert Koretsky, and Syed Aqeel Sarwar,
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
2009 ISBN-10: 0321490886 ISBN-13: 9780321490889
or 2005
ISBN-10: 032122731X
ISBN-13: 9780321227317
Textbook web site: or,1144,032122731X,00.html
Course web site:   Go To:,
Then follow the links: Faculty, Cezar Câmpeanu, Personal webpage, Teaching, and CS282 under Winter 2012,
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:   Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-3:45, M116
Office Hours:   Monday 9:30-10:30, Tuesday 11:30-12:30, Friday 9:30-10:30 or anytime by appointment (please send email-)
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 Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Final Exam:  
Tuesday, April 10 at 9:00 am Main Building 113
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 Rita Stanley. They must fill out an application.
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