Operating Systems

Course code COMP2240Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Introduces computer operating system principles, using practical examples. Topics include tasking and processes, process coordination and synchronisation, resource scheduling, physical and virtual memory organisation, security issues, communications and networking, and distributed operating systems. The Unix operating system is used as a case study where appropriate.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives* Develop an understanding of the structure and function of operating systems, including the kernel, process scheduling, memory management, input/output device management, file systems, interprocess communication, networks and distributed systems, protection, security and recovery.

* Develop an understanding of how OS abstractions are realized on conventional hardware.

* Gain familiarity with various design issues in operating systems and the corresponding primitive methods and algorithms dealing with these issues.

* Develop essential programming skills of programming with consideration of concurrency and
multithreads etc.

* Gain familiarity with some real operating systems.
Content1. Hardware overview.
2. Processes and process scheduling including multi-processors.
3. Concurrency control using hardware and software techniques.
4. Memory Management.
5. Virtual memory.
6. I/O and disk management.
7. File systems and file manipulation.
8. Security mechanisms.
9. Networking.
10. Process migration.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSENG1120
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments3 Assignments - as per course outline.
Examination: FormalAs per the University's exam timetable.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentStudents must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course.
Student achieving >25% but less that 40% will be offered an alternate assessment if, and only if, all other assessment items have been submitted.
Students obtaining <25% will not be offered an alternate assessment, and will fail the course, unless students have submitted Adverse Circumstances in accordance with the Adverse Circumstances Policy.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for COMP2240