Topic outline

  • General

    First Steps with UNIX

    Lausanne, 25 September 2014

    Overview

    With a constant evolution of technologies, laboratory biologists are faced with an increasing need for bioinformatics skills to deal with high-throughput data storage, retrieval and analysis.

    Although several resources developed for such tasks have a web interface (most of the time, the first choice of biologists), many operations can be more efficiently handled with command-line programs and utilities.

    This first "First Steps with..." course is addressed to beginners wanting to become familiar with the UNIX environment and master the most common commands, which could be useful to run software dedicated to high-throughput data management.

    Objectives

    At the end of the course, you will get familiar with the UNIX environment and use the most common UNIX commands.

    Requirements

    As it is a course for beginners, no background in UNIX or any programming language is required. However, you are encouraged to visit and follow the UNIX Fundamentals e-learning module we created. The level of the module is beyond the objectives of the course, but you can visit it anyway.

    Technical requirements: a laptop with at least 10 Go free on hard disk and 4 Go of RAM. As we plan to do exercises from a virtual machine, we will provide further information.

    Application

    The registration fees for academics are 50 CHF. This includes course content material and coffee breaks.Participants from non-academic institutions should contact us before application.

    Application is closed. The course is full.

    You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. Your application will be considered only if you fill in the "Comments" field indicating your background and your current project that could benefit from taking this course.

    Location

    Genopode Building

    Additional information

    The course will be taught by Diana Marek, PhD and Grégoire Rossier, PhD.

    We will recommend 0.25 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the session).

    You are welcome to register to the SIB courses mailing-list to be informed of all future courses and workshops, as well as all important deadlines using the form here.

    • Schedule

      Morning session

      What is UNIX and why should biologists use it?

      UNIX filesystem

      Coffee break

      UNIX Shell: User environment & process commands

      Working with directories and files

       

      Afternoon session

      Working with file content

      Coffee break

      Practicals

      Optional exam