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Monash University

FIT9018 Computer technology and operating systems - Semester 1, 2013

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

Workload requirements

For this unit the workload per week is comprised of 1 hour of lectures, 3 hours of practical sessions and a minimum of 8 hours of study outside of classes.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Sid Ray



Andy Cheng

Sid Ray

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

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.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Hardware I: Introduction to Digital Computers Weekly assessed Lab Tasks in lab sessions start Week 1
2 Operating Systems I: Introduction to Operating Systems  
3 Operating Systems II: Memory Management - Virtual Memory  
4 Operating Systems III: File Management  
5 Operating Systems III: File Management Continued  
6 Operating Systems IV: Process Management Concepts  
7 Operating Systems V: Process Management - Deadlocks and IPC  
8 Operating Systems VI: More Unix Shell Basics  
9 Operating Systems VII: Unix Shell Scripting  
10 Operating Systems VII: Unix Shell Scripting Continued  
11 Hardware II: Secondary Storage Devices  
12 Hardware III: CPU, Memory and System Performance  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Lab Tasks 40% Weekly in lab sessions
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.

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


  • Assessment task 1
    Lab Tasks
    There are no formal assignments for this unit. However, each lab session has a set of assessable tasks to be completed. These tasks involve installing/configuring the Linux O/S and associated applications.
    Criteria for assessment:

    How well tasks are completed during each lab session.

    Due date:
    Weekly in lab sessions


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

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

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

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.

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.

Other Information


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

Previous feedback has strongly indicated that students are very satisfied with this unit. During recent semesters more practical tasks have been incorporated into the lab sessions, as students have stated that these help them achieve the learning objectives better than only relying on lectures and also play a large part in stimulating their learning. These changes were supported by positive responses in the Unit Evaluations.

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