• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Uwe Zimmer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course takes a detailed look at the services provided by, and the internals of, an existing operating system to see how each part is constructed and integrated into the whole. The lectures will also address recent literature describing advances in operating systems. The following topics are addressed: system programming and its facilities (including I/O, signals, job control, interprocess communication, sockets, transport layers, remote operations), system calls and their relation to the system libraries, process management and coordination, implementation of message passing, memory management, interrupt handling, real-time clocks, device-independent input/output, serial-line drivers, network communication, disk drivers, deadlock avoidance, scheduling paradigms, file systems, security.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • identify and describe the features of the system library of a particular operating system, and be able to apply this knowledge to program small applications;
  • describe and analyse the actual algorithms and data structures that are used in a particular operating system;
  • describe and analyse the structure of operating systems in general, especially those that support communicating processes;
  • identify and describe the reasons for many architectural features of contemporary machines;
  • have experience in the design and implementation of a large software system.

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (30%) Tutorials and Laboratories (10%) Final Exam (60%)


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Workload

Thirty one-hour lectures and six two-hour tutorials/laboratory sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP6300; or be studying Master of Computing 7705 or Master of Computing 7706.

Preliminary Reading

Stallings, William Operating Systems, Prentice-Hall,7th edition, 2011




Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $2916
2006 $2916
2007 $2916
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3450
2007 $3450
2008 $3450
2009 $3450
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8983 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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