FIT3042 - System tools and programming languages - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit provides students with an introduction to UNIX tools for managing processes; searching, editing and modifying files and data streams; and command interpreters and shell scripts. In addition, students will learn about a typical system call interface and its use for systems programming in a language like C.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the relationship between Unix, Unix shells, and C language;
  2. write programs using C's dynamic memory allocation to create standard container structures;
  3. construct programs in C that use system calls to interact with the underlying operating environment;
  4. use the Make utility to build programs written in C;
  5. construct shell scripts that use standard POSIX filters in pipelines to achieve common tasks;
  6. use regular expressions to perform text-processing tasks in shell and Perl on unstructured and semi-structured text;
  7. build Perl scripts using Perl features such as hashes and references.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One of FIT1008, FIT1015, FIT2085, CSE1303


CSE2391, CSE3391

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