Dr. Melissa Danforth

Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
California State University, Bakersfield

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CMPS 150 Spring 2010 Information
CMPS 150 ONLY meets for the first three evenings of the quarter.
March 29 - 30 and April 1, 2010 (March 31st is a campus holiday)
6:00 - 8:00pm
Sci III 311

You may also arrange to meet with a tutor during tutoring hours to complete the assignments if you cannot make these meeting times. The tutoring schedule is posted here and will be updated during the first week of the quarter with the tutoring hours for that quarter.

General Course Information
CMPS 150, "Introduction to Unix," is a 1-unit class taken concurrently with CMPS 221. CMPS 150 introduces you to the computer system used for all of the assignments in CMPS 221. Even if you are not a major, you should take CMPS 150 to familiarize yourself with the command-line system used for CMPS 221.

If you are a CMPS major you are REQUIRED to take either CMPS 150 (1 unit) or CMPS 215 (3 units). CMPS 215 is offered once a year in the fall and you should take it! CMPS 215 covers the same material as CMPS 150 for the first 2 weeks. The remaining material in CMPS 215 goes beyond what is covered in CMPS 150 and teaches you how to really get the most out of the server used for most CMPS courses. CMPS 215 can also be used for elective credit in the CIS track and is the prerequisite for CMPS 216 "Unix System Administration."

Assignments
All assignments for the class are posted on the course website.

CMPS 150 is a credit/no credit class. To receive credit you MUST have the tutors check off your work by the last day of classes.

Class Attendance
You not required to attend class sessions if you can complete the material on your own or with the help of tutors. However, you should come to the first session in order to pick up your account. You must meet with the tutors to have the assignments checked off if you do not attend class. Refer to the tutoring schedule link above for when the tutors will be available.

If you cannot attend the first session, come see me or Steve Garcia before the first lab in CMPS 221 to receive your account sheet. You must pick up your account sheet in order to work on your assignments in CMPS 221. Account sheets will be available in the afternoon on the first day of class.

Email Accounts
Your account on the Computer Science department server (Sleipnir) also comes with an email account. Most correspondance for CMPS 221 will happen with your Sleipnir email account. Other faculty in the department will also email your Sleipnir account to communicate with you.

If you would like to forward your email off of Sleipnir to another account, create a file called .forward that contains the following:

# Exim filter - do not edit this line!
# only works for exim... others will treat it as a plain .forward file...

# if this filter generates an error, then deliver to original address
if error_message then finish endif

# If you want to forward your email to an offsite address uncomment and modify
# deliver you@offsite.email.address
deliver santaclaus@northpole.com

finish
# End of exim filter
This will forward the email to the specified address. Make sure to still check your Sleipnir email account periodically in case the forwarding mechanism failed (which could happen if your ISP goes down when Sleipnir is trying to forward the email). Most faculty will also require you to use your Sleipnir email account to submit assignments.