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Introduction to UNIX command line

Author(s): Serghei Mangul1, Kristen Butela2, Michael Sierk3, Lihua Stefan

1. University of California - Los Angeles 2. University of Pittsburgh 3. Saint Vincent College

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A laboratory module for an upper-level undergraduate biology course in which students will be able to carry out simple tasks using the Unix command-line environment.

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Version 2.0 - published on 22 Jan 2020 doi:10.25334/H7TG-G648 - cite this


This laboratory module leads undergraduate biology students in learning how to operate in a command-line environment.  It is derived from a workshop given by the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences at UCLA, primarily to graduate students and research scientists with the need to learn how to process sequence data in a Unix environment.  The materials from that three-day workshop are available here:  These materials can be used as background for the Instructor and/or students, or as an extension of this exercise.


This version includes extensive teaching notes, clarified learning outcomes, and more student-centered, inquiry focused pedagogical strategies. The material was also adapted to fit in one three-hour laboratory period. 

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