Entry Requirements and Subject Weighting

Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: BN103 Platform Technologies
Credit Points: 15 Credit Points
Level: Year 1, Core

Timetabled hours/week: 4 (Lecture = 2 hours, Tute/Lab = 2 hours)

Personal Study Hours/week: 5

Brief Description

This is a first trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet). This unit addresses the BNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge and skills in operating systems. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/bachelor-networking

This unit provides students with an overview of the functionality of Operating Systems, and their relationship with computer operations.  Students will be presented with the main components of an Operating System, and how they cooperate with the hardware to provide a range of services.  The discussions will include some skills and techniques to use operating systems such as Windows and Unix/Linux. This unit will cover the following areas:

  • Operating system principles
  • Memory management
  • Process management, scheduling and dispatching
  • Device management
  • File systems
  • User interfaces
  • OS and the Application Programming Interface: system calls, libraries
  • Introduction to operating system administration

Learning Outcomes

  1. At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
  2. Report on the basics, and provide examples, of operating systems structure and functionality, including memory allocation virtual memory, demand paging and process and device management.
  3. Describe the integration of hardware, operating systems and application software.
  4. Explain in detail the functioning of some devices such as peripherals (e.g. printers and network connections)
  5. Discuss the most common file systems structure and technology
  6. Explain the concept of user interfaces and their role in the functionality of an OS.
  7. Demonstrate competency in the use of a command line interface to operate with and manage an OS such as UNIX, and perform simple UNIX (Linux) administration.
  8. Support and troubleshoot operating systems and applications at an introductory level.

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry. The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit is described as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving  Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                                The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
  The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard