• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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

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 be studying a Master of Computing or be enrolled in or completed COMP6300. Incompatible with COMP3300.

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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