CSE 15L Fall 2021

Welcome to CSE 15L!

This is the site for CSE 15L at UCSD for Fall 2021. Here, you'll be able to find information about the class as well as links to resources. If you have any questions, please post them on our Piazza!

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Welcome to CSE 15L, Software Tools and Techniques! We are excited to have you in this course. In CSE 15L, you will be introduced to fundamental Software Engineering Tools and Techniques that will enable you to build great software efficiently.

Lecture Times and Remote Learning

*Check Canvas for Zoom Meeting information.*

CSE 15L A00 Mon, Wed 1:00 pm-1:50 pm

CSE 15L B00 Mon, Wed 2:00 pm-2:50 pm

What will you learn?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Comfortably work in Linux operating systems
  • Use vim editor to your advantage by learning the vim shortcuts that make programming simpler
  • Write Shell Scripts to automate tasks
  • Build better Software with understanding of Automated Software Development and Testing Tools
  • Find and fix errors in programs
  • Use Version Control Software to track progress of your latest builds and releases

Book (Optional)

Title:                A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
Edition & Publisher:  Prentice Hall
Author:               Mark G. Sobell      
ISBN-13: 978-0134774602
ISBN-10: 0134774604


Your final grade will be determined via the following percentages:

  • Labs: 30%
  • Homework: 10%
  • Scripting Projects: 40%
  • Final: 20%
Your grades will be posted on Gradesource. Please check your email a few weeks into the the quarter to find your secret number. We'll send it once there are interesting scores to see.


  • One Lab absence allowed (administered via lowest Lab score being dropped)
  • Please note the regrade policies

Academic Integrity

Please make sure to fill out the CSE 15L Academic Integrity Form and the UCSD Academic Integrity Agreement

Solicitation For Business

Individuals are not permitted to approach students to offer services of any kind in exchange for pay, including tutoring services. This is considered solicitation for business and is strictly prohibited by University policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering a learning environment for this course that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and respects your identities (including race, ethnicity, heritage, gender, sex, class, sexuality, religion, ability, age, educational background, etc.). Our goal is to create a diverse and inclusive learning environment where all students feel comfortable and can thrive.

Our instructional staff will make a concerted effort to be welcoming and inclusive to the wide diversity of students in this course. If there is a way we can make you feel more included please let one of the course staff know, either in person, via email/discussion board, or even in a note under the door. Our learning about diverse perspectives and identities is an ongoing process, and we welcome your perspectives and input.

We also expect that you, as a student in this course, will honor and respect your classmates, abiding by the UCSD Principles of Community (https://ucsd.edu/about/principles.html). Please understand that others’ backgrounds, perspectives and experiences may be different than your own, and help us to build an environment where everyone is respected and feels comfortable.

If you experience any sort of harassment or discrimination, please contact the instructor as soon as possible. If you prefer to speak with someone outside of the course, please contact Office of Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination

OSD Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations for this course due to a disability must provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) whose website is osd.ucsd.edu. Students are required to present their AFA letters to Faculty (please make arrangements to contact me privately) and to the OSD Liaison in the department in advance so that accommodations may be arranged.

Enrollment Authorization

Students who are wishing to enroll in class can fill out a course authorization through the following link.
Course Authorization