• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology, Software Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr John Taylor
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This course is based on the foundations set by the previous course on computer organisation. It expands particularly into all forms of concurrent programming including aspects of massively parallel programming. It introduces all basic mechanisms to analyse, design, and manage concurrent, single computer-node (multicore) as well as distributed applications (e.g. as performance or dependability enhancements).

Following on from the previous course, the fields of operating systems and networking will also be expanded on. On the operating system side aspects of security, scheduling algorithms and memory management are discussed. More specific networking aspects follow on from message passing as a core concurrency construct. These include the basics of routing and dependable protocols.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Model, design and program concurrent systems.
  2. Select appropriate modeling techniques, tools and mechanisms to solve a range of problems in concurrent and distributed systems. This includes the appropriate programming language and runtime environment for the task at hand.
  3. Analyse and debug concurrent programs.
  4. Understand the aspects of an operating system concerning scheduling, protection and memory management.
  5. Employ message passing locally and over networks to construct distributed systems
  6. Distinguish as well as connect conceptual concurrency with physical parallelism at all levels of a distributed system.
  7. Identify core aspects of operating systems and networks irrespective of the specific system at hand.

Other Information

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Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Lab Exam (5) [LO 2,3,4,6,7]
  3. Mid-Semester Test (15) [LO 2,3,4,6,7]
  4. Final Exam (50) [LO 2,3,4,6,7]

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The total workload for the course will be 130 hours including lectures and tutorial/lab sessions. Additional effort will be required in preparing and deepening the material of those sessions. Two major assignments require multiple days of attention each.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed: COMP1110 or COMP1140 AND COMP2300 or ENGN2219. Incompatible with COMP6310.

Prescribed Texts

Textbook: Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, Randal Bryant and David O'Halloran, 3rd edition, ISBN 978-9332573901.

Preliminary Reading

Reference: Effective C: An Introduction to Professional C Programming, Robert C. Seacord, ISBN 978-1718501041


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:
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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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9178 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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