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SIT322 - Distributed Systems

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Previously coded as:SCC387, SCC321
Unit chair:

L Pan


SIT202 plus one of SIT102 or SIT203



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour class per week, 2 x 1 hour practical per week

Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit provides an introduction to distributed systems and applications by defining the basic issues of design and implementation of such systems. Basic concepts including virtualization and abstraction, integration, services and SOA, operating systems of distributed systems, distributed applications development, network operating systems and middleware are covered. Students will investigate the influence of distribution on operations performed on data, resource/object management and building applications, the role of interprocess communication and remote invocation to deal with distribution and will study basic aspects of resource protection, and name services. Students will develop a distributed application that could be executed on an Internet based distributed system.


Examination 60%, three assignments (10%, 15%, 15%) 40%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 40% in the examination, at least 50% of the assignment component and an overall mark of 50%.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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