COMP6240

Operating Systems

10 Units

Introduces computer operating system principles, using practical examples. Topics include process scheduling, process coordination and synchronisation, resource scheduling, physical and virtual memory organisation, security issues, communications and networking, and distributed operating systems. The Unix operating system is used as a case study where appropriate.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Objectives
  • Develop an understanding of the structure and function of operating systems, including the kernel, process scheduling, memory management,input/output device management, file systems, interprocess communication,networks and distributed systems, protection, security and recovery.

  • Develop an understanding of how OS abstractions are realized on conventional hardware.

  • Gain familiarity with various design issues in operating systems and the corresponding primitive methods and algorithms dealing with these issues.

  • Develop essential programming skills of programming with consideration of concurrency and multithreads etc.

  • Gain familiarity with some real operating systems.

Content
  1. Hardware overview.
  2. Processes and process scheduling including multi-processors.
  3. Concurrency control using hardware and software techniques.
  4. Memory Management.
  5. Virtual memory.
  6. I/O and disk management.
  7. File systems and file manipulation.
  8. Security mechanisms.
  9. Networking.
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge SENG6120
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Workshop
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - (3) assignments - as per course handout
  • Examination: Formal - as per University timetable At least 40% of the course assessment will be by a final examination held during the end-of-semester examination period. A student must achieve at least 40% in that final examination to be eligible to pass the course.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Compulsory Course Component: Students must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course. Student achieving >25% but less that 40% will be offered an alternate assessment if, and only if, all other assessment items have been submitted. Students obtaining <25% will not be offered an alternate assessment, and will fail the course, unless students have submitted Adverse Circumstances in accordance with the Adverse Circumstances Policy.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for COMP6240

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