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FIT2070 Operating systems - Semester 2, 2011

This unit covers software organisation of multi-user and multi-tasking computers. The principles of operating systems are covered with reference to the underlying hardware requirements and are illustrated by case studies. Topics include operating system structure and services, multi-programming processes, CPU scheduling, memory management, device management, synchronisation, deadlocks, virtual memory and file systems.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 3 hr laboratory/fortnight, 1 hr tutorial/fortnight

Workload

You are expected to spend 12 hours per week on various activities including reading, communication with other students and unit lecturers, and preparation for learning tasks and formal assessments.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

CSE2302, FIT2022

Prerequisites

(FIT1031 or FIT1001) and (FIT1008 or FIT1015)

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Clayton

Professor Bala Srinivasan

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have:
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • operating systems as resource managers for CPU context switching, process scheduling and job scheduling;
  • memory management and virtual memory systems; I/O device drivers and management;
  • file subsystems;
  • resource allocation strategies;
  • asynchronous and synchronous communication mechanisms and their use in operating systems;
  • the philosophy and implementation of interprocess communication and its use in distributed computer systems.
Developed the skills to:
  • program OS components, such as job and process schedulers, page replacement algorithms, and file management subsystems, as well as programming interrupt handlers and contact switching.

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Practical Assignment 20% Week 11 Tutorial class
Online Mid-Semester Test 20% Week 9 Tutorial Class
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.
  • The lectures define the formal content of the unit, and will be used as the initial point of reference for unit knowledge outcomes. This knowledge will be built upon by the tutorials and laboratories in order to address the higher level objectives relating to skills and and application. 
  • The tutorials are designed to reinforce lecture understandings, and to prepare the student to apply these understandings towards building the skills required to complete the laboratory sessions. Tutorial will provdie the opportunity to explore further the concepts discussed in the class as well as look at some specific cases or examples.
  • The laboratories are designed to give the student hands-on experience of operating system functions and parameters. Each lab is offered as a partially  developed set of program exercises, where demonstrations show the student what is required, and extensions to complete or extend the exercise are required to be completed by the student. This is called the lab work, and it is a required part of the assessment for the unit. Students can work together (if they wish) with the permission from the tutor.



Feedback

Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Test results and feedback
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:
http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html
http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
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Required Resources

Operating Systems:Internals and Design Principles by William Satallings, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011.

Recommended Resources

  • SSH client to access the server from outside Monash.

Examination material or equipment

None

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Enroll for the lab and tutorial classes No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Computer Systems Overview  
2 Operating Ssytems Overview  
3 Process Description and Control  
4 Threads  
5 Concurrency: Mutual Exclusion and Synchronization  
6 Concurrency: Deadlock and Starvation  
7 Memory Management  
8 Virtual Memory  
9 Uniprocessor Scheduling Online Mid-Semester Test - Tutorial class
10 I/O Management, Disk Scheduling  
11 File Management Practical Assignment Due in Tutorial class
12 Security, Networking and Summary  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

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

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Practical Assignment
    Description:
    You are to write a program for an application which requires concurrency.

    The objectives of this assigment are to:
    • to understand how to develop concurrent programming;
    • learn a programming language to use (C, Python, etc.); and
    • to demonstrate that you have understood some of the basic principles of OS.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Completion of the program, together with a reflection on the effciency of the code.

    Due date:
    Week 11 Tutorial class
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Online Mid-Semester Test
    Description:
    A multiple choice paper which will test the understanding of the concepts that are discussed in the class. Questions will be derived from the tutorial classes.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correct answers will be discussed in the following tutorial class.

    Due date:
    Week 9 Tutorial Class

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    60%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information

Policies

Student services

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