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System Software (11489.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology

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Syllabus

This unit provides an introduction to the design and the implementation of modern general purpose operating systems. Centered on the concept of resource sharing, the unit explains how an operating system manages the hardware resources and software applications of a computer system. The unit covers the essential principles and theories of modern operating systems: processes, threads, mutual exclusion, scheduling, virtual memory systems, I/O and file systems, network, and security. The unit also teaches basic system administration skills for commonly used operating systems. In addition, through the teaching, the unit promotes and strengthens important generic skills, such as communication, analysis and inquiry, problem solving, independent and group working, and professionalism and social responsibility.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe the structures and implementation of modern operating systems by using the concepts of processes, threads, mutual exclusion, scheduling, virtual memory systems, I/O and file systems, network, and security;

2. Explain the role of an operating system plays in managing the hardware resources and software applications of a computer system;

3. Analyse and evaluate the factors which impact on the performance of a computer system;

4. Apply mutual exclusion theory and principles in concurrent programming;

5. Undertake basic system administration tasks for commonly used operating systems; and

6. Further strengthen important generic skills, such as communication, analysis and inquiry, problem solving, independent and group working, and professionalism and social responsibility.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 3 hours per week - 2 hours lecture and 1 hour tutorial.

Prerequisites

7170 Software Technology 2

Corequisites

None.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Incompatible Units

None.

Equivalent Units

7171 System Software



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