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FIT3046

Faculty of Information Technology

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
South Africa First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Shane Moore (Gippsland); Mr Neil Manson (South Africa)

Synopsis

Processes and threads: interprocess communication, scheduling. Deadlock: detection, prevention, avoidance. Memory management: allocation, swapping, virtual memory. Input/output principles and examples: disks, graphical user interfaces, network terminals. File systems: files, directories, disk space management. Security: authentication, cryptography, common attacks, principles of secure system administration. Case studies: Characteristics of major PC operating systems such as Linux and Windows.

Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • know the general purpose and functions of operating systems;
  • understand the hardware and software mechanisms used to carry out these functions;
  • be familiar with the principal differences between common major operating systems such as Windows and Linux;
  • be able to install new operating systems on PC hardware;
  • be willing to select operating systems based on their merits rather than their marketing.

Assessment

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Manzur Murshed

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Prerequisites

FIT1001

Prohibitions

FIT2022, GCO2814, GCO3818

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/units/fit3046