COMP SCI 7064 - Operating Systems
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 7064 Course Operating Systems Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMP SCI 7103, COMP SCI 7202, COMP SCI 7202B or COMP SCI 7208 Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 7081, exposure to C programming as in COMP SCI 7088 & one of COMP SCI 7082 or COMP SCI 7201 Restrictions Master of Computing and Innovation, Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Graduate Certificate in Computer Science students only. 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. Protection mechanisms: protection domains, access lists, capability systems, principle of minimum privilege.
Course Coordinator: Adjunct Professor Hong Shen
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
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 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
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
Required ResourcesThe textbook for this course is:
Operating Systems Concepts (9th edition) by A. Silberschatz, P. B. Galvin
and G. Gagne,, John Wiley& Sons, 2012
Recommended ResourcesReference book:
A.S. Tanenbaum, Modern Operating Systems, Prentice-Hall International, 2008
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIn this course, you will learn the features of common operating systems in modern computing environments, and the principles on which those features are based. These include processes, CPU scheduling, synchronisation problems, deadlocks, main and virtual memory management, storage management, file systems and I/O, protection and security.
The course includes two practical assignments. These assignments will give you a solid understanding of how key parts of an OS work.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.On average, students are expect to spend around 12 hours a week on this course, including lectures, tutorials, and doing the required readings. The assignments for this course are challenging, and the amount of time students need to spend on them will depend a lot on the level of theorectical understanding and programming skill.
Learning Activities SummaryThe outline of the lecture component of the course is as follows:
2 lectures on history and concepts
8 lectures on process management (processes, CPU scheduling, process synchronization, deadlocks)
6 lectures on memory management (main memory and virtual memory)
3 lectures on file systems and I/O system
4 lectures on protection and security
1 lecture on brief description on Linux and Windows XP and review
The tutorial topics will broadly follow this schedule
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Assessment SummaryThe course assessment consists of two components:
• Problem-solving assignment 60% (CBOK areas* history& status of discipline, abstraction, design, hardware and software and service management). *Hurdle requirement* - must achieve a mimimum performance of 40% on problem-solving assignment to pass the course (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/700/).
• Two Assignments (40%) (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 problem-solving assignment is less than 40%, your overall mark for the course will be reduced to 44 F.
Assessment DetailThe problem-solving assignment will cover the core knowledge of all components studied in the course. It is an individual assignment and will be distributed to students in week 12.
Assignment submissions will be marked within one weeksof the submission deadline.
Two programming assignments will be given by week 3 and week 7 respectively. Each assignment worths 20%. Students must do both assignments individually.
Assignment submissions will be marked within two weeks of the submission deadline. Brief written feedback will be provided along with marks.
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted using the School of Computer Science Web Submission System. Details are included in each assignment description on the course website.
Penalty for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
If you hand in your work late, your mark will be capped, based on how many days late it is.
1 day late – mark capped at 75%
2 days late – mark capped at 50%
3 days late – mark capped at 25%
more than 3 days late – no marks available.
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Extensions will only be given in exceptional circumstances and with evidence provided, ie medical certificate. You should apply by e-mail to the course coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the due date. Commitments with work or other subjects will not be considered valid grounds for extension – you are expected to manage your time effectively based on the workload you have chosen to take on.
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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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