Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


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


Subject Information
Subject Code MCS9330
Subject Name Operating Systems
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites MCS9212
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence CSCI231
Assessment Final examination 50% Assignments 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
This subject develops a thorough understanding of the principles and concepts of modern computer operating systems. Topics covered will broadly include, process management, resource allocation, OS kernel, memory management, concurrency and file systems. Specifically the subject will include discussions on, process concept, synchronisation, concurrency control, threads, inter-process communication, deadlock prevention, avoidance and detection, micro and monolithic kernels, multi-tasking, interrupt handling, system and user processes. System calls, problems of allocation, protection and sharing, memory mapping schemes, CPU scheduling algorithms, real-time scheduling, naming and directory schemes, disc space allocation, file protection and access control and operating system security


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Describe and implement principles and concepts pertinent to modern computer operating system design.
2. Identify and describe the problems and design issues motivating advances in operating systems.
3. Implement aspects of operating systems.


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