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FIT3046

Faculty of Information Technology

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
South Africa First semester 2011 (Day)

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