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Linux Basics

Linux Basics
  • Code: DAT8TF063
  • Extent: 3 cr (81 h)
  • Timing: 4th semester
  • Language: English
  • Level: professional studies
  • Type: elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

No Linux experience required.

Student learns pre-exam material given in course web page and passes the pre-exam on the first class. Pre-exam was created, because there are often more students coming to the course than there are places.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • Can install a Linux based workstation with software
  • Can use command line interface
  • Can install 1-2 most important daemons
  • Knows the idea of Free software, knows the main features of the most important Free licenses
  • Knows how to keep learning Linux independently

Course contents

  • Installation
  • Linux as a workstation
  • Command line interface
  • Administration and package management
  • Apache Web-server, LAMP
  • Remote control SSH client and server
  • Programming tools

During this course students get acquainted with the Linux operating system and the most important Free programs. Linux is used both as a server and as a workstation.

Cooperation with the business community

Course takes small part in the international development by reporting bugs and bug bypasses upstream.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours 32 h
Independent work 48 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Contact hours in a computer class, independent exercises in a computer class. Exercises will be documented.

Alternative completions

A student knowing Linux well beforehand can pass the course by completing a project. The project is only meant for those who already have the skills taught in the course, as there is no hands on guidance available for alternative project. To pass the course with an alternative project, student must get the project accepted on the first

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Earlier knowledge and skills can be shown with a Linux project as described above.

Teacher responsible

Tero Karvinen, Pasila www.iki.fi/karvinen

Course materials

Material distributed during the course, including links.

Assessment criteria

Exercises 50 %
Exam 50 %

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.


Written course feedback is collected twice a course. Major improvements to course have been made with the help of course feedback: even more interactivity into teaching; interleaving theory and practical exercises; bigger part of homework as mandatory; pre-exam to deal places fairly when there is more demand than places in the course.