• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering

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 evaluate 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
  • define 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
  • demonstrate experience in the design and implementation of a large software system

    Other Information

    Course offered Semester 2 in alternate, even-numbered years.

    Indicative Assessment

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

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    Workload

    Thirty one-hour lectures and six three-hour laboratory sessions

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP2300 and COMP2310; and COMP1600 or COMP2600 or 6 units of 2000 MATH courses. Incompatible with COMP6330.

    Preliminary Reading

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

    Specialisations

    Fees

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    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
    2019 $4320
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2019 $5700
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    Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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    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
    8045 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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