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CP2402 - Hardware and Software Fundamentals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Business

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies.
Prerequisites: CP1300

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Dr Joanne Lee
Lecturer: 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 (50%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%); practicals (10%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: Dr Joanne Lee.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%); practicals (10%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Dr Joanne Lee
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%); practicals (10%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 17-Nov-2011
Coordinator: Dr Joanne Lee
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%); practicals (10%).

Beijing UT, Internal, Study Period 68
Census Date 30-Jun-2011
Coordinator: Dr Joanne Lee
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%); practicals (10%).

Beijing UT, Internal, Study Period 69
Census Date 15-Dec-2011
Coordinator: Dr Joanne Lee
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals - only the first hour of each practical is supervised
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%); practicals (10%).

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