Operating Systems and Network Services

Subject COMP30017 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 one-hour lectures (two per week) and 12 one hours workshops (one per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

The prerequisites for this subject are:

433-298 Algorithms and Data Structures OR
433-253 Algorithms and Data Structures

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the Disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit Website:http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Michael Kirley


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The University of Melbourne Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA

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Subject Overview: Many services reside on servers accessed over the Internet, with the user's own computer being used only to provide an interface. Examples include search engines and social networking sites. This subject introduces students to writing such applications. Topics covered include: introduction to networks, and to some simple protocols; operating systems principles, including interrupts, the user/kernel distinction, virtual memory and security; how to use an operating system, including how to create, manage and communicate between processes;
how to write simple server programs, including server programming models, web services, concurrency, and distributed systems.

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate their knowledge of operating system and networking technologies from the programmer's perspective
  • Apply this knowledge to select appropriate tools and technologies for a problem at hand; and
  • Build simple server applications
Assessment: Project work during semester, expected to take about 36 hours (30%); a mid-semester test (10%); and a 2-hour end-of-semester written examination (60%). To pass the subject, students must obtain at least 50% overall, 15/30 in project work, and 35/70 in the mid-semester test and end-of-semester written examination combined.
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Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamenta
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Computer
Bachelor of Engineering (IT) Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (IT) Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering)
Bachelor of Science
Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Computer Science
Computer Science
Master of Engineering (Software)
Software Systems

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