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FIT5170 Programming for distributed, parallel and mobile systems - Semester 1, 2013

This unit focuses on the design and programming techniques essential for developing distributed software systems and applications - with Java as the teaching language. The unit presents concurrent programming primitives and concepts for distributed systems. The unit also focuses on application of concurrent techniques in distributed system designs. Programming and implementation issues and techniques of distributed applications are studied. Enabling techniques for building distributed systems are analyzed and evaluated. Distributed Software Patterns are presented. The unit also includes case studies of distributed programming paradigms and their applications (e.g. JINI, JavaSpaces).

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

Student workload commitments are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • two-hour tutorial (or laboratory) (requiring advance preparation)
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

Unit Relationships

Prerequisites

Recommended knowledge: Some exposure to multithreading. Knowledge of all Java language constructs such as loops, conditionals, methods, classes, inheritance and core Java packages. Use of O/O models such as UML diagrams.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Malik Khan

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • understand the concepts and characteristics of distributed and concurrent software;
  • identify and evaluate common distributed and concurrent software designs;
  • design distributed software applications using typical distributed software architectures;
  • write distributed and concurrent software programs.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction, Java Revision, Threads NOTE: Tutorial labs commence in Week 1
2 Architecture, TCP/IP, Sockets  
3 Protocol Design  
4 State Transitions, Half-Object Plus Protocol, Structured Data Formats  
5 General Security, Java Security  
6 HTTP and Java Assignment 1 due Sunday 21 April 2013 11.55PM
7 RPC and RMI  
8 CORBA, Introduction to Enterprise JavaBeans  
9 Web Services  
10 JavaSpaces, JMS, JXTA and Multiple Middleware  
11 Mobile Development Platforms, Java for Android Development  
12 Lecture Revision and Exam Discussion Assignment 2 due Sunday 2 June 2013 11.55PM
  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 learning system.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 50%, In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 25% Sunday 21 April 2013 11:55PM (Week 6)
Assignment 2 25% Sunday 2 Jun 2013 11:55PM (Week 12)
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

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 1
    Description:
    The design and implementation of a distributed system employing the principles and technologies introduced in the early to mid part of the semester.
    Weighting:
    25%
    Criteria for assessment:

    This is an individual assignment and is to be entirely your own work.

    Assessment for this assignment is by interview. You will be asked to demonstrate your system at an interview in the week following the submission date. At the interview you can also expect to be asked to explain your system, your code, your design, discuss design decisions and alternatives and modify your code/system as required. Marks will not be awarded for any section of code or functionality that a student cannot explain satisfactorily. (The marker may delete excessive comments in code before a student is asked to explain that code).

    Interview times will be arranged in the tutorial labs immediately preceding the submission deadline. It is your responsibility to attend the lab and obtain an interview time.

    Students who do not attend an interview will receive 0 marks for the assignment. 

    Further detailed assesssment criteria will be available with the assignment specification

    Due date:
    Sunday 21 April 2013 11:55PM (Week 6)
    Remarks:
    The details of the task and other requirements will be outlined in the assignment specification
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2
    Description:
    The design and implementation of a distributed system employing the principles and technologies introduced in the mid to later part of the semester.
    Weighting:
    25%
    Criteria for assessment:

    This is an individual assignment and is to be entirely your own work.

    Assessment for this assignment is by interview. You will be asked to demonstrate your system at an interview in the week following the submission date. At the interview you can also expect to be asked to explain your system, your code, your design, discuss design decisions and alternatives and modify your code/system as required. Marks will not be awarded for any section of code or functionality that a student cannot explain satisfactorily. (The marker may delete excessive comments in code before a student is asked to explain that code).

    Interview times will be arranged in the tutorial labs immediately preceding the submission deadline. It is your responsibility to attend the lab and obtain an interview time.

    Students who do not attend an interview will receive 0 marks for the assignment. 

    Further detailed assesssment criteria will be available with the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    Sunday 2 Jun 2013 11:55PM (Week 12)
    Remarks:
    The details of the task and other requirements will be outlined in the assignment specification

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Learning resources

Reading list

  • Graba J. (2006) An Introduction to Network Programming with Java, 2nd Edition, Springer [electronic resource]
  • Horstmann C.S., Cornell G. (2005) Core Java™ 2 Volume II - Advanced Features, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall [electronic resource]
  • Horstmann C.S. (2010) Big Java, 4th Edition, Wiley
  • Coulouris G., Dollimore J., Kindberg T., Blair G. (2012). Distributed Systems, Concepts and Design, 5th Edition, Addison-Wesley

Recommended Reading

  • Java SE 7 Tutorial. Online, accessible via http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/
  • Java EE 6 Tutorial. PDF document, available at http://docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/tutorial/doc/javaeetutorial6.pdf

Monash Library Unit Reading List
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

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
  • Interviews

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

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 learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

  • MySQL (download from www.mysql.com)
  • Java SE 7 (download from www.oracle.com)
  • Eclipse IDE with Android SDK (download from www.eclipse.org)

Other Information

Policies

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

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