MN404 - Fundamentals of Operating Systems and Programming

Credit Points: 20

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 60 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 6 units in the Graduate Diploma of Networking (GDNet) and 12 units in Master of Networking (MNet) in the non-cognate stream. This unit addresses the GDNet and MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in network fundamentals data and information management. For further course information refer to: and This unit is part of the AQF level 8 (GDNet) and AQF level 9 (MNet) courses.

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of operating systems and problem solving through object-oriented programming.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Role of Operating Systems, introduction to different subsystems of an Operating System
  2. Unix/Linux operating system as a case study
  3. Abstraction and problem solving through programming
  4. Java application development environment
  5. Data types, variables and operators
  6. Methods and conditional operators
  7. Control structures: sequence, repetition and selection
  8. Classes and Objects
  9. Introduction to Graphical User Interface (GUI) programming
  10. Application design and testing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the role of Operating systems (OS) and its different subsystems in controlling computer hardware
  2. Demonstrate competency in the use of a command line interface to operate and perform simple OS administration
  3. Apply principles of abstraction and problem solving in an object-oriented programming language
  4. Apply knowledge of programming constructs in developing computer programs .
  5. Create programs based on incremental development processes of designing, coding, testing and debugging.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory: 2 hours
PBL Tutorial: 1 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Midterm Test a,b*10%
Assignment 1a,b*20%
Assignment 2c-e*20%
Laboratory and Problem Based Learning participation & submissiona-e*10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-e*40%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • G. Tumsho, Guide to Operating Systems, 5th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2016
  • S. Reges, M. Stepp, Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach, 4th Edition, Pearson, Australia, 2017

Reference Reading

  • J. Holcombe, Survey of Operating Systems, McGraw-Hill Education, 2016
  • A. McHoes and I. M. Flynn, Understanding operating systems, 7th ed.  CENGAGE Learning, 2013
  • H. Schildt  Java: The Complete Reference, Ninth Edition 9th Ed. 2014

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 are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


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