COMP SCI 3004NA - Operating Systems
Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre - Quadmester 3 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 3004NA Course Operating Systems Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Quadmester 3 Level Undergraduate Location/s Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description OS purposes: resource management and the extended virtual computer; historical development. Processes: critical sections and mutual exclusion, semaphores, monitors, classical problems, deadlock; process scheduling. Input and Output: hardware and software control.
Memory management: multi-programming; swapping; virtual memory, paging and symbolic segmentation; File System: operations, implementation, performance. Operating System Security and Protection mechanisms:
protection domains, access lists, capability systems, principle of minimum privilege, security threats and attacks, encryption, and authentication
Course Coordinator: Dr Cruz Izu
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThrough the study of this course, students will gain a comprehensive understanding on the concepts
and functions of a modern operating system. Particularly, they will understand
1 The role of the operating system as a high level interface to the hardware. 2 OS as a resource manager that supports multiprogramming 3 The low level implementation of CPU dispatch. 4 The low level implementation of memory management. 5 The performance trade-offs inherent in OS implementation
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3-5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3-5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Recommended ResourcesThe textbook for this course is:
Operating System Concepts Essentials (International Edition) by A. Silberschatz, P. B. Galvin
and G. Gagne,, John Wiley& Sons, 2009
A.S. Tanenbaum, Modern Operating Systems, Prentice-Hall International, 1995.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIn this course, you will be exposed to the features provided by common operating systems, and the principles on which those features are based. These include processes, CPU scheduling, filesystems, memory management, and synchronisation problems in multithreaded programming.
The course includes two practical assignments. These assignments will give you a solid understanding of how key parts of an OS work.
During lectures, we will hold several quiz sessions in which you will answer multiple choice questions, both individually, and as a group. These quizzes will test your knowledge of the material covered so far, and contribute towards your marks for the course.
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Learning Activities SummaryThe outline of the lecture component of the course is as follows:
2 lectures on history and concepts
7 lectures on process management (processes, CPU scheduling, process synchronization)
2 lectures on deadlock management
5 lectures on memory management (main memory and virtual memory)
4 lectures on file systems and I/O system
2 lectures on protection and security
2 lectures of brief description on Linux and Windows XP; review and exam preparation
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Assessment SummaryThe course assessment consists of four components:
• Exam 60% (CBOK areas* history& status of discipline, abstraction, design, hardware and software and service management)
• Five Class Quizzes (10%) (CBOK areas* design, hardware and software, abstraction and service management)
• Two Assignments (30%) (CBOK areas* design, hardware and software and programming)
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Assessment Related RequirementsHurdle Requirement: If your overall mark for the course is greater than 44 F but, your mark for the final written exam is less than 40%, your overall mark for the course will be reduced to 44 F.
Assessment DetailThe written exam will be centrally administered by examinations and held at the end of semester.
There will be 5 class quizzes. The top 4 marks from these quizzes will contribute 2.5% each towards the final mark.
Two programming assignments will be given at the end of each intensive. The first assignment is an individual assignment worth 12%. The second assigment is worth 18%; for the second assignment students will be allowed to work in teams of up to two people.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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