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Monash University

FIT9018 Computer technology and operating systems - Semester 1, 2011

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of computer systems and the computing environment, using Linux as a case study of a modern operating system. Topics covered include: CPU, memory, storage devices, peripheral hardware, networking fundamentals, operating systems fundamentals, practical Linux considerations including Desktop and Enterprise applications, file systems, shell scripting, client/server applications and system administration.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

1 hr lecture/wk, 3 hrs laboratories/wk


Contact hours for this unit comprise 1 hour of lecture and 3 hours of practical session per week and approximately 8 hours of study outside classes.

Chief Examiner

Campbell Wilson

Campus Lecturer


Andy Cheng

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be expected to have understanding of:

  • basic computer hardware and architectures;
  • process management;
  • memory management;
  • operating systems architectures;
  • basic network protocols;
  • network topologies;
  • the architecture of Linux;
  • usage and administration of Linux systems;
  • deployment of Linux in personal and enterprise contexts.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Lab Assessments 40% Tasks are due during each lab.
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    • Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
      This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.
    • Laboratory-based classes
      This teaching approach is practical learning.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes

    Your feedback to Us

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    Required Resources

    The lab sessions will require the use of Linux (Ubuntu), installed on bootable USB Keys. The software will be provided to students during their first lab session.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Hardware I: Introduction to Digital Computers  
    2 07/03/11 Operating Systems I: Introduction to Operating Systems  
    3 14/03/11 Operating Systems II: Memory Management - Virtual Memory  
    4 21/03/11 Operating Systems III: File Management  
    5 28/03/11 Operating Systems III: File Management Continued  
    6 04/04/11 Operating Systems IV: Process Management Concepts  
    7 11/04/11 Operating Systems V: Process Management: Deadlocks and IPC  
    8 18/04/11 8 Operating Systems VI : More Unix Shell basics  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Operating Systems VII : Unix Shell Scripting  
    10 09/05/11 Operating Systems VII : Unix Shell Scripting Continued  
    11 16/05/11 Hardware II: Secondary Storage Devices  
    12 23/05/11 Hardware III: CPU, Memory & System Performance  
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks


    • Assessment task 1
      Lab Assessments
      There are no formal assignments for this unit. However, each lab session has a set of assessable tasks to be completed. The tasks involve installing/configuring the Linux O/S and associated applications. The tasks are worth 40% of the unit's total marks. The remaining 60% comes from the final exam.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Students will be assessed on how well they carry out the tasks during each lab session.

      Due date:
      Tasks are due during each lab.


    • Examination 1
      2 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments


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