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CP2402 - Hardware and Software Fundamentals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Business (pre 2015)

The subject will provide an introduction to the concepts that underlie operating systems. It will include learning of the nature, characteristics and mechanism of modern operating systems. Major topics covered are: hardware considerations, operating system basics, processes, threads, CPU scheduling, process synchronisation, deadlocks, memory management, virtual memory, file system interface, and I/O systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to describe the basic organization of computer systems and the services an operating system provides to users, processes and other systems;
  • Be able to describe the process concept and the various features of processes;
  • Understand various memory management techniques;
  • Be able to describe how the file system, mass storage, and I/O are handled in a modern computer system;
  • Understand the classic internal algorithms and structures of storage management and gain a practical understanding of the algorithms used and their trade-offs.
Prerequisites: 12 CP OF SUBJECTS

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Hossein Ghodosi
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Hossein Ghodosi, Mr Eugene McArdle.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (25%); practical work activities (10%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Hossein Ghodosi
Lecturer: Mr Eugene McArdle.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (25%); practical work activities (10%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Hossein Ghodosi
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (25%); practical work activities (10%).

Beijing UT, Internal, Study Period 68
Census Date 29-May-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Hossein Ghodosi
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (25%); practical work activities (10%).

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