6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2018 (On-campus)
- Second semester 2018 (Evening)
This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of computer systems and the computing environment, using Linux as a case study of a modern operating system. Topics covered include: CPU, memory, storage devices, peripheral hardware, networking fundamentals, operating systems fundamentals, practical Linux considerations including Desktop and Enterprise applications, file systems, shell scripting, client/server applications and system administration.
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- examine and describe computer hardware and software architectures;
- explain the three major functions of an operating system (OS), namely, process management, memory management, and file management;
- explain network technologies;
- write Unix commands for file management;
- apply Unix commands to interact with OS;
- develop Unix shell scripts;
- manage usage and administration of Linux systems; and
- deploy Linux in personal and enterprise contexts.
Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
- Contact hours for on-campus students:
- One 1-hour lecture
- One 3-hour laboratory
- Additional requirements (all students):
- A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.
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