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FIT5134 Computer architecture and operating systems - Semester 2, 2014

his 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 (Evening)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • One 1-hour lecture
  • One 3-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

FIT9018

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Andy Cheng

Tutors

Caulfield

Andy Cheng

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Based on previous student feedback this unit is well structured and no major changes have been made for last semester. We did have to re-order some lab tasks due to the fact that some labs were scheduled before the lecture (caused by an unusually large enrolment).

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

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will be expected to have an 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 Note: The order of lectures may change - changes will be communicated to you via the unit website No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Hardware I: Introduction to Digital Computers IMPORTANT : Tute/Lab sessions (with assessable lab tasks) 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 III: CPU, Memory and System Performance  
12 Review and Discussion  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during 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.

Teaching Approach

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

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

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Lab Tasks
    Description:
    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.
    Weighting:
    40%
    Criteria for assessment:

    How well tasks are completed during each lab session.

    Due date:
    Weekly in lab sessions

Examinations

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

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

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/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

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.

Other Information

Policies

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Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

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.

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