COMP SCI 7064 - Operating Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7064
    Course Operating Systems
    Coordinating Unit 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, COMP SCI 7208 or COMP SCI 7211
    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.
    Assessment Written exam and/or assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Bernard Evans

    Lecturer and Course Coordinator: Dr Andrey Kan
    Lecturer: Dr Cruz Izu
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Through the study of this course, students will gain a comprehensive understanding on the concepts
    and functions of a modern operating system. Students will be able to;
    1 Explain the role of the operating system as a high level interface to the hardware.
    2 Use OS as a resource manager that supports multiprogramming
    3 Explain the low level implementation of CPU dispatch.
    4 Explain the low level implementation of memory management.
    5 Explain 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The textbook for this course is Operating Systems Concepts (10th edition) by A. Silberschatz, P. B. Galvin and G. Gagne,, John Wiley& Sons, 2018.
    Recommended Resources
    Additional resources:
    • R. H. Arpaci-Dusseau and A. Arpaci-Dusseau, Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces, online edition 
    • A.S. Tanenbaum, Modern Operating Systems, Prentice-Hall International, 2008.
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course includes lectures, tutorials, and multiple types of assessment, including quizzes and a coding task. Different learnining and assessment modes are intended to support both solid theoretical understanding and practical (programming) skills in relation to key OS concepts.

    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 tasks. The assignments for this course are challenging, and the amount of time students need to spend on these will depend on the level of understanding of subject content, and partially on programming skills.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures will be pre-recorded. Some lecture videos contain questions, and students are invited to pause the video at these points and take time to think about the question.

    Tutorials will provide an environment for working on problems in small groups.

    Assessments include multiple types of activities, including answering multiple choice questions, answering open-ended questions, and writing code in C++.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Component weight, %
    Weekly quizzes 15
    Tutorials 5
    Assignments 35
    Mid-semester Test 20
    Final Exam (hurdle) 30

    1. The hurdle requirement means that you will fail the course if you get less than 40% of the maximum exam mark for the Final Exam, irrespective of your marks for other components.
    2. The total mark will be capped at 100.

    Submission instructions will be provided with each assignment. Typically, this would involve answering questions or submitting files in MyUni.

    If you hand in your work late, your mark will be capped as follows:

    Up to 1 day late – mark capped at 75%
    Up to 2 days late – mark capped at 50%
    Up to 3 days late – mark capped at 25%
    more than 3 days late – no marks available.

    Extensions will only be given in exceptional circumstances and with evidence provided, e.g., a medical certificate. You should apply by e-mail to the course coordinator 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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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