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SIT222 - Operating Systems Concepts

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Offering information:

2018 is the final offering of this unit

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Xiao Liu


Two SIT coded units (excluding mathematics units coded SIT19-, SIT29-, SIT39-)



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per week.

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.


This unit will familiarise students with the role and organisation of operating systems, which support programmers, program execution and efficient utilisation of computational resources. The management of logical and physical resources is discussed in detail. Students study process management, in particular their description, threads, concurrency and scheduling; memory management, in particular virtual memory; input/output management, including disk scheduling; file management, synchronisation and deadlock issues in multiprogramming environments; and security, in particular resource protection. The study covers Microsoft Windows, Linux and operating systems of PDAs and mobile phones as examples of the most commonly used operating systems. Factors influencing operating systems of mobile devices will be discussed. Some programming may be assigned as part of the assessment.


Two take home tests and ten quizzes 40%, examination 60%

Prescribed texts

Tanenbaum, 2014, Modern Operating Systems, 4th Ed, Pearson Education, Harlow, United Kingdom

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