Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Information Technology



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • First semester 2016 (Online)


The ONLINE offering of this unit is only available to BITS Gippsland DE students.


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.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse and evaluate various strategies used by an operating system in managing the system resources and running applications efficiently;
  2. analyse and identify parameters that can improve the performance of multi-programming operating systems, in particular, the Unix;
  3. apply the principle of threading and synchronisation in developing distributed applications; and
  4. demonstrate the ability of using Unix tools for system administration.


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

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

Chief examiner(s)


One of FIT1001, FIT1031 or CSE1201 or equivalent


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

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