Unix Workshop

Unix is the primary platform for many scientific applications; this workshop provides the basic computational skills required to understand the UNIX operating system and run command-line UNIX programs. This workshop forms the foundation of further workshops on Python, Genomics, Transcriptomics, R and other workshops.

Please note that this is a prerequisite for many other courses.

This course provides the basic platform onto which other scientific computing skills will build. These are crucial for workflows in a variety of fields including genomic, transcriptomic, and mass-spectrometry analysis. It covers some of the simple but powerful skills all scientists should know in a world of increasingly complex analyses.

The target audience is anyone wanting further training in scientific computing (especially bioinformatics): PhD, post-docs, technicians, and faculty staff and undergraduates.

The course provides the basic computational skills needed to perform analyses within the Linux environment. The skills are applicable to any subdiscipline where gathering and analysing moderate to large data sets are involved. Participants will be able to take the techniques and skills they learn back to their groups to continue making their own research easier and more effective.

All of the tools discussed are freely available.

Course content

  • Setting up and accessing your own Linux virtual machine in the University’s cloud computing environment (ISCA).
  • Accessing the virtual machine using the X2Go client.
  • Using the Linux command line terminal.
  • Basic Linux commands.
  • Creating and editing files.
  • Basic scripting using Bash.
  • Advanced Linux topics.
  • Searching files.

Course details


22nd and 29th November 2017

Time: 2.30 - 5.30pm
Location: Hatherley B12
Streatham Campus
University of Exeter 

Register for the course here