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FIT2070 Operating systems - Semester 1, 2013

This unit covers software organisation of multi-user and multi-tasking computers. The principles of operating systems are covered with reference to the underlying hardware requirements and are illustrated by case studies. Topics include operating system structure and services, multi-programming processes, CPU scheduling, memory management, device management, synchronisation, deadlocks, virtual memory and file systems.

Mode of Delivery

Sunway (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 3 hr laboratory/fortnight, 1 hr tutorial/fortnight

Workload requirements

You are expected to spend 12 hours per week on various activities including reading, communication with other students and unit lecturers, and preparation for learning tasks and formal assessments.

Unit Relationships


CSE2302, FIT2022


(FIT1031 or FIT1001) and (FIT1008 or FIT1015)

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Simon Egerton

Consultation hours: Monday 12pm - 5pm

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have:A knowledge and understanding of:
  • operating systems as resource managers for CPU context switching, process scheduling and job scheduling;
  • memory management and virtual memory systems; I/O device drivers and management;
  • file subsystems;
  • resource allocation strategies;
  • asynchronous and synchronous communication mechanisms and their use in operating systems;
  • the philosophy and implementation of interprocess communication and its use in distributed computer systems.
Developed the skills to:
  • program OS components, such as job and process schedulers, page replacement algorithms, and file management subsystems, as well as programming interrupt handlers and contact switching.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Enroll for the lab and tutorial classes No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Computer Systems Overview Assignment 1 released
2 Operating Systems Overview  
3 Process Description and Control  
4 Threads  
5 Concurrency: Mutual Exclusion and Synchronization  
6 Concurrency: Deadlock and Starvation  
7 Memory Management  
8 Virtual Memory Assignment 1 due / Assignment 2 released
9 Uniprocessor Scheduling  
10 I/O Management, Disk Scheduling  
11 File Management  
12 Security, Networking and Summary Assignment 2 due
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 (Programming) 20% Week 8
Assignment 2 (Long answer questions and short programming) 20% Week 12
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.
  • The lectures define the formal content of the unit, and will be used as the initial point of reference for unit knowledge outcomes. This knowledge will be built upon by the tutorials and laboratories in order to address the higher level objectives relating to skills and application. 
  • The tutorials are designed to reinforce lecture materials, and to prepare the student to apply these understandings towards building the skills required to complete the laboratory sessions. Tutorials will provide the opportunity to explore further the concepts discussed in the class as well as look at some specific cases or examples.
  • The laboratories are designed to give the student hands-on experience of operating system functions and parameters. Each lab is offered as a partially developed set of programming exercises. The students need to understand the workings of the program and develop extensions to meet the requirements. The lab work is a required part of the assessment component although they are not marked. Students can interact with others in the lab as a means of peer learning.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 (Programming)
    The first assignment requires development of a Unix Shell in C or Python to implement user interfaces, concurrent execution of threads and processes.
    The objectives of this assignment are to:
    • Understand how different components of operating systems work
    • Develop concurrent programs
    • Learn a programming language C or Python
    • Demonstrate that you have understood the principles and componets of OS
    Criteria for assessment:

    Completion of the program, together with a reflection on the efficiency of the code.

    Due date:
    Week 8
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 (Long answer questions and short programming)
    The first part of the assignment requires you to write a program in C or Python to simulate different memory allocation strategies.  The second part of the assignment is a series of long answer theory questions to test you knowledge and understanding of the taught subject matter.

    The objectives of this assignment are to:

    Understand how different memory allocation strategies work

    Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the material taught.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Completion of the program and demonstrating clear understanding of the material through the answers to the theory questions.

    Due date:
    Week 12


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

William Stallings. (2011). Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles. (7th Edition) Prentice Hall.

Recommended Resources

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Other Information


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Student services

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