FIT3041 Unix for networked systems and devices - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Chandana Watagodakumbura


Peninsula : Chandana Watagodakumbura


ASCED Discipline Group Classification: 020103 Programming.

UNIX and Operating Systems, UNIX shells and Bourne Shell in particular, Useful Utilities, C Programming in General, Systems Programming Using C and UNIX, Process Management, Interprocess Communication in C, UNIX Directories & Devices, UNIX Networking Utilities, CVS, Make Utility, Java Native Interface


Knowledge and Understanding

At the completion of this subject a student should:

Have an appreciation of the structure and features of UNIX. Be able to write shell scripts to drive programming environments and integrate UNIX utilities. Understand file management and processing in the UNIX environment. Understand processes and inter-process communication in the UNIX environment. Be able to interface with the UNIX environment using system calls from C or java programs. Be familiar with and have developed the skills of using extensive range of UNIX utilities. Be familiar with and have developed the skills of using a number of UNIX editors.

On the whole students are expected to demonstrate effective usage of the UNIX operating system as a user and programmer.

Attitudes, Values and Beliefs

Students will:

appreciate UNIX as an Open Group system. appreciate the concept of software reuse and their modularity with the use of a large number of existing UNIX utilities and C system functions. appreciate the availability of systamatic documentation on software usage by exposing to UNIX on-line manuals. appreciate the ability to communicate between two proceses and its relation to remote pocess communication. appreciate reuse of native software within Java programs. appreciate the deep learning approach as an effective lerning style as opposed to a surface learning style.


Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed FIT1002, or equivalent. You should have knowledge of Fundamental programming background, object oriented not required.

Unit relationships

FIT3041 is an elective unit in the Netcentric Computing major of the Bachelor of Information Technology degrees].

It is a prerequisite/corequisite that, Before attempting this unit, you must have satisfactorily completed FIT1002, or equivalent. You should have knowledge of Fundamental programming background, object oriented not required.

You may not study this unit and CSE2208, CSE2391, CSE3001, CSE3208, CSE3391, GCO3813, (Unit translation: CPE2008, CPE3007) in your degree.


Texts and software

Required text(s)

G. Glass and K. Ables LINUX for Programmers and Users, Prentice-Hall, 1st edition, 2006

Textbook availability

Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Software requirements

Linux operating system installed in the labs

Hardware requirements

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to 6 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

  • Haviland, K. & Salama, B. "UNIX System Programming", Addison-Wesley.
  • Kochan, S.G. & Wood, P.H."UNIX Shell Programming", Hayden Books Howard Sams and Company.
  • Bach, M.J., "The Design of the UNIX Operating System", Prentice-Hall
  • Bourne S.R., "The UNIX System", Addison-Wesley
  • Christian, K "The UNIX Operating System", John Wiley and Sons.
  • Prata, S. "Advanced UNIX: A Programmer's Guide", H.W. Sams and Company.
  • Rochkind, M.J. "Advanced UNIX Programming", Prentice-Hall.
  • Sobell, M. G. "UNIX System V: A Practical Guide", Benjamin Cummings.
  • Swartz, R. "UNIX Applications Programming: Mastering The Shell", SAMS- Macmillan Publishing.

Library access

You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

Study resources

Study resources for FIT3041 are:

Study resources will be available on MUSO

Unit website

Structure and organisation

Week Topics References/Readings
1 Operating Systems and UNIX overview Chapter 1, Glass & Ables
2 Bourne Shell Chapter 4, Glass & Ables
3 Some Other Useful Utilities Chapter 7, Glass & Ables
4 Introduction to C Programming Language(1) Any book on C
5 Introduction to C Programming Language (2) Any book on C
6 Systems Programming Chapter 12, Glass & Ables
7 Process Management Chapter 13, Glass & Ables
8 Interprocess Communication Chapter 13, Glass & Ables
9 UNIX networking Utilities Chapter 14, Glass & Ables
10 Directories and Devices Chapter 13, Glass & Ables
Non teaching week
11 Make Utility and CVS overview Chapter 11, Glass & Ables
12 Java Native Interface Java tutorial
13 Revision


The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment weighting

Assement components are worth 40% of the total unit marks.

Assignment I 10%

Assignment II 15%

Assignment III 15%

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

To pass this unit students must obatain minimum of 40% for each, assignment and examination, component separately and an overall mark of 50%

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Total Mark = 0.4 * Assignment marks% + 0.6 * Examination mark %

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Assignment I Friday 5pm, Week 5 10%
Assignment II Friday 5pm, Week 9 15 %
Assignment III Friday 5pm, Week 12 15 %
The exam is 3 hours long and is closed book. Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 60 %

Assignment specifications will be made available

Assignment Submission

Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission through MUSO. The cover sheets correctly filled out must be submitted in hard copy

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty depending on how late the submissions are.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by emailing to the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

Grade Percentage/description
HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

Assignment return

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.


Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


Communication methods

The preferred communication method is email.


Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

The lecturer/tutor can be consulted by dropping into his room (G4.20 - Peninsula campus), when he is available in the room.

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

Dr Chandana Watagodakumbura
Phone +61 3 990 44195
Fax +61 3 9904 4124

All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Jul 24, 2006