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Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology


Subject Information
Subject Code MCS9212
Subject Name Interacting Systems
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites MCS9124
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence ITCS909
Assessment Assignments 20% Tutorial 5% Lab exercises 25% Exam 50%
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts  
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students should use the SMP OnLine Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in Tutorial/laboratory groups for this subject. Once enrolments are open a link to the subject will appear in Tutorial Enrolments.
Availability Not Available in 2017

Subject Description
The subject develops an understanding of the operating system and tools from a programmer's viewpoint. Topics covered include the file system, processes, communication and tools. In particular, access, security, organisation, operating system effect on performance of a program, support, control; process and interaction, inter-process communication; use of shell scripts and commands to enhance problem solving; tools for development process; program paradigms: parallel, distributed, etc.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Describe and explain a programmerís view of the interaction between a program and its environment.
2. Identify and utilise the support provided by the operating system in the design of network-based, multi-tasking, client/server applications.
3. Utilise shell scripts and commands to enhance program design and implementation.
4. Utilise tools to aid in the software development process e.g. linkers, make, debuggers, profilers, etc.


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