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COIT13229 Applied Distributed Systems
Applied Distributed Systems
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Unit Profile Correction added on 24-04-20

The end of term examination has now been changed to an alternate form of assessment. Please see your Moodie site for details of the assessment.

General Information

Overview

Many computer applications and services in use today are distributed systems: they have software running on multiple computers, communicating with each other across a network to achieve a common goal. In this unit you will examine the benefits and challenges of distributed systems versus centralised systems, and you will learn architectural design, inter-process communication and networking. You will explore the significant distributed system characteristics of scalability, heterogeneity, security and failure handling. You will implement these algorithms and techniques through laboratory activities and development of secure, reliable, client/server software applications that can perform concurrent operations across multiple computers in the Internet.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: COIT11134

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Examination
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation Report

Feedback

An improvement in learning resources is required.

Recommendation

Additional practice examples will be provided to aid in learning.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Compare the benefits and challenges of distributed systems versus centralised systems
  2. Design software components that can run in parallel and on multiple networked computers
  3. Apply various distributed system algorithms and techniques to create practical distributed applications
  4. Analyse the role of operating system services and file systems in creating distributed applications
  5. Evaluate techniques for creating secure, reliable and efficient distributed systems.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • Program ming/Software Development ( PROG),
  • Database/Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Network support (NTAS)
  • Release and Deployment (RELM)
  • Application Support (ASUP)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Examination - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Examination - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Distributed Systems Concepts and Design 5th (2012)

Authors: George Coulouris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg and Gordon Blair
Addison-Wesley
Boston Boston , MA , USA
ISBN: 9780132143011
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Java SE 11
  • NetBeans IDE 11
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Partha Gangavalli Unit Coordinator
p.gangavalli@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

An Introduction to Distributed Systems

Chapter

  1 &  2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Interprocess Communication

Chapter

  4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Distributed Objects and Remote Invocation

Chapter

  5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Process and Thread Management – Operating System Support

Chapter

  7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Security in Distributed Systems

Chapter

  11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Vacation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Web Services

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment - 1 Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Name Services

Chapter

Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Coordination and Agreement

Chapter

  15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Transactions and Concurrent Control

Chapter

  16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Distributed Transactions

Chapter

  17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Replication and Fault Tolerance

Chapter

  18

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment - 2 Due: Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

Chapter

  19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator
Mr Partha Gangavalli
School of Engineering and Technology
Central Queensland University
Sydney
Email: p.gangavalli@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment - 1

Task Description

Your task for this assignment is to design, implement, test and document a client/server system which allows concurrent access to multiple clients. The purpose of this assignment is to assess your competency in Java TCP/UDP networking, multi-threading, and object serialization/de-serialization. This assignment task is to assess your skills in practicing the theoretical concepts learnt in Weeks 1 - 4. Further details are available on the unit website in the Assignment 1 Specification document.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Assignment-1 Due


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020)

Assignment-1 Results Release


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Appropriate analysis and design of a software application using networking and client-server communication for
    the given problem
  2. Implementation of the application using networking, multi-threading, and object serialization
  3. Incorporation of concurrent multi-user access to the software application
  4. Use of good programming techniques/practices
  5. Rigorous testing of software application.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit one zip file containing all source code (.java) and the report (.doc) file using the Assignment submission link available on unit website. Do not submit the zipped project folder or compiled binaries(.class, .jar).

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Compare the benefits and challenges of distributed systems versus centralised systems
  • Design software components that can run in parallel and on multiple networked computers
  • Apply various distributed system algorithms and techniques to create practical distributed applications


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment - 2

Task Description

Your task for this assignment is to design, implement, test and document a secure client/server system which allows concurrent access to multiple clients. This assignment task is to assess your skills in practicing the theoretical concepts learnt in Weeks 4 - 9. Further details are available on the unit website in the Assignment 2 Specification document.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Thursday (11 Jun 2020)

Assignment-2 Results Release


Weighting
35%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Appropriate analysis and design of a software application using networking and client-server communication for
    the given problem
  2. Implementation of the application using networking, multi-threading, and security
  3. Incorporation of concurrent multi-user access to the software application
  4. Use of good programming techniques/practices
  5. Rigorous testing of software application.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit one zip file containing all source code (.java) and the report (.doc) file using the Assignment submission link available on unit website. Do not submit the zipped project folder or compiled binaries(.class, .jar).

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Design software components that can run in parallel and on multiple networked computers
  • Apply various distributed system algorithms and techniques to create practical distributed applications
  • Analyse the role of operating system services and file systems in creating distributed applications


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an examination

Date
During the University examination period

Weighting
40%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
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