Operating Systems and Network Services

Subject COMP30017 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours, comprising of two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


One of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Michael Kirley

email: mkirley@unimelb.edu.au

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.

The specific aim of this subject is for students to develop an understanding of the basic concepts underlying computer operating systems and networks. A key focus of this subject is the introduction of operating systems principles and computer network protocols. Students will design and develop server programs and be introduced to network-based services and applications.


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

  • Demonstrate their knowledge of operating systems from the programmer's perspective.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of networking technologies from the programmer's perspective.
  • Apply this knowledge to select appropriate tools and technologies for a problem at hand.
  • Build simple server applications.

Project work during semester is expected to take approximately 36 hours (30%). Project work consists of two programming tasks (using the C programming language). Project 1 is worth 10% and due mid semester. Project 2 is worth 20% and due towards the end of the semester.

One mid-semester test (10%)

One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (60%)

To pass the subject, students must obtain at least 50% overall:
15/30 in project work;
35/70 in the mid-semester test and end-of-semester written examination combined

ILO 1, ILO 2 and ILO 3 are addressed in all assessment components. ILO 4 is addressed specifically in the project assessment component.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

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

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution.
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance.
  • Design skills, through proposing new uses of technology to support engineering tasks.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering)/Bachelor of Science
Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Software Engineering stream
Computer Science
Computer Science
Computer Science
Computer Science
Master of Engineering (Software)
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.
Software Systems

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