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FIT2070 Operating systems - Semester 2, 2012

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

Bala Srinivasan

Consultation hours: 10-12 Mon, Tue, Wed

Academic Overview

Outcomes

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
Assignment 40% Weeks 6, 8, 10 and 12 for each part respectively
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 application. 
  • The tutorials are designed to reinforce lecture materials, and to prepare the student to apply these understandings towards building the skills required to complete the laboratory sessions. Tutorials will provide 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 programming exercises. The students need to understand the workings of the program and develop extensions to meet the requirements. The lab work is a required part of the assessment component although they are not marked. Students can interact with others in the lab as a means of peer learning.

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
  • 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:
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http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

2011 feedback was for more practical assignments and less lecture slides - both suggestions will be incorporated in this offering.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

William Stallings. (2011). Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles. (7th) Prentice Hall.

Recommended Resources

SSH client to access the server from outside the Monash network.

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 Systems Overview  
3 Process Description and Control  
4 Threads  
5 Concurrency: Mutual Exclusion and Synchronization  
6 Concurrency: Deadlock and Starvation Assignment part 1 due
7 Memory Management  
8 Virtual Memory Assignment part 2 due
9 Uniprocessor Scheduling  
10 I/O Management, Disk Scheduling Assignment part 3 due
11 File Management  
12 Security, Networking and Summary Assignment part 4 due
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in 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

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment
    Description:
    The assignment has 4 parts. The first three parts requires development of programs (either in Java, C or Unix Shell) to implement user interfaces, concurrent execution of pthreads, and memory management simulation. The last part is a written assessment where you will identify solutions to some of the issues in operating systems.

    The objectives of this assignment are to:
    • Understand how different components of operating systems work
    • Develop concurrent programs
    • Learn a programming language to use (Java, C, Python, Shell, etc.)
    • Demonstrate that you have understood the principles and componets of OS
    Weighting:
    40%
    Criteria for assessment:

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

    Due date:
    Weeks 6, 8, 10 and 12 for each part respectively

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).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the VLE site for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information

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