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Monash University

FIT2065 Operating systems and the Unix environment - Semester 1, 2015

The main topics covered in this unit include computer systems, operating systems, process management and coordination, memory management including modern implementations of virtual memory, file systems, operating system security, shell variant scripting, regular expressions, Unix utilities, Unix file system, Unix system administration and installation, Unix programming, research and development.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Caulfield (Online)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-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.

See also Unit timetable information

Unit Relationships


CPE3007, CPE2008, CSE2208, CSE2391, CSE3001, CSE3208, CSE3391, FIT3041, GCO3813


One of FIT1001, FIT1031 or CSE1201 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr. Malik Khan

Consultation hours: TBA



Dr. Malik Khan

Consultation hours: TBA

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Based on feedback:

This unit is tailored towards introducing Operating Systems and Unix environment understanding and development. Student feedback has informed improvements to this unit including regular updates in unit content to follow the latest trend in Unix Operating systems.  

  • The practical component will be complemented with theoretical questions in the tutorials; practical components have been very well recieved by the students to help them understand the concepts,
  • Supporting theory will be added as part of the lectures; and
  • The non-assessable weekly quizzes will continue as the students have appreciated having these.

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • analyse and evaluate various strategies used by an operating system in managing the system resources and running applications efficiently;
  • analyse and identify parameters that can improve the performance of multi-programming operating systems, in particular, the Unix;
  • apply the principle of threading and synchronisation in developing distributed applications; and
  • demonstrate the ability of using Unix tools for system administration.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Please be aware this schedule is subject to change No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Computer systems overview, introduction to Unix and brief history of Unix  
2 Getting a handle on the Unix OS  
3 Shell scripting  
4 Process description and control  
5 Concurrency and Threads  
6 Deadlock and starvation Assignment 1 due
7 Memory management  
8 File management  
9 Unix utilities  
10 Unix security Unit Test in the tutorial class
11 System administration  
12 Review Assignment 2 due
  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.

Teaching Approach

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

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Shell Scripting 15% Week 6. Unless special consideration is approved, late assignments are NOT accepted.
Assignment 2 - Concurrent Programming 15% Week 12. Unless special consideration is approved, late assignments are NOT accepted.
Unit Test 10% Week 10 tutorial class
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


Students will be encouraged to participate in lecture room questions, through an online polling system.

  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Shell Scripting
    An individual assessment where students have to develop a working shell script for a practical problem. This is purely a programming exercise. The specification of the assignment will be provided in Week 3.
    Criteria for assessment:

    The program will be assessed on the following:

    •  Functionality;
    •  Efficiency;
    •  Correctness;
    •  Generality of the software;
    •  Error conditions, error trapping and error messages; and
    •  Readability and modularity of the code.
    Due date:
    Week 6. Unless special consideration is approved, late assignments are NOT accepted.
    Submission of soft copy through file transfer on the unit Moodle web site.   
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Concurrent Programming
    An individual assessment where students have to develop a working program for a practical problem using concurrency concepts learned in this unit. Programs must be coded in either C or Java.
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Functionality;
    •  Efficiency;
    •  Correctness;
    •  Generality of the software;
    •  Error conditions, error trapping and error messages; and
    •  Readability and modularity of the code.
    Due date:
    Week 12. Unless special consideration is approved, late assignments are NOT accepted.
  • Assessment task 3
    Unit Test
    The unit test will be conducted in the week 10 tutorial class a combination multiple choice test and scripting exercise. Since it is conducted during tutorial sessions, each tutorial class will have a different set of questions.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correct answers (no negative marks for incorrect answers)

    Correctness of script

    Due date:
    Week 10 tutorial class


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

Learning resources

Reading list

Texts which may be of use to you include the following:   

  • William Stallings, "Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles", 7th Edition.
  • Silberschatz, Galvin and Gagne, "Operating Systems Concepts", John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 7th Edition.
  • Simson Garfinkel and Gene Spafford, "Practical Unix & Internet Security", O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. Latest Edition.

A number of links to web based reference material will be provided on the unit's website.

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

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
  • Test results and feedback
  • Quiz results

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 electronic submission). 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.

Technological Requirements

Students are encouraged to bring devices to the lecture that can access the web (e.g. smartphone, laptop, tablet etc).

Recommended Resources

Access to Linux or Unix off-campus would be useful, but is not required.

Other Information


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