CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20257 Distributed Systems: Principles and Development
Distributed Systems: Principles and Development
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General Information

Overview

Distributed Systems: Principles and Development you will learn basic principles of distributed systems including architecture, design, and algorithms and how to use these principles in the development of distributed applications. You will explore the significant distributed system characteristics of scalability, heterogeneity, security, and failure handling in addition to the fundamentals of networking, inter-process communication, remote invocation, and operating system support. You will examine different approaches to supporting distributed applications including distributed objects, web services, and peer-to-peer solutions. You will learn about distributed file systems, naming, and data-related aspects of distributed transactions, and data replication. Algorithms associated to timing, and coordination and agreement will also be studied. You will also analyse the areas of mobile and ubiquitous computing and the social impact arising from the ubiquity of distributed systems. You will consolidate the key theoretical material through the computer lab tutorial sessions and development of software applications.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite unit: COIT20256 Data structures and AlgorithmsAnti-Requisite unit: COIT23005 Distributed Systems

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 3 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

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 Postgraduate 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. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%

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 Self-reflection and teaching evaluation.

Feedback

Timely response to students' questions.

Recommendation

Request and continuously remind the teaching team of prompt and constructive response or feedback to students' questions.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop distributed applications using networking, inter-process communication, and remote invocation
  2. Design and develop distributed applications using one of the approaches of distributed objects, web services, and peer-to-peer solutions
  3. Solve problems in the distributed systems domain by applying the principles of distributed systems to authentic problems
  4. Critique the issues involved in developing reliable, secure, and scalable distributed systems
  5. Discuss the technology needs and social impact arising from ubiquitous distributed systems
  6. Work independently and collaboratively in small teams.

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 6
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 35%
3 - Written Assessment - 35%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 35%
3 - Written Assessment - 35%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Distributed Systems Concepts and Design

Edition: 5th edn (2012)
Authors: George Coulouris,Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg and Gordon Blair
Addison-Wesley
Boston Boston , MA , USA
ISBN: 978-0-13-214301-1
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Purchasing a book will make your study easier as you may not find all the materials online. If you can get an e-book that is fine.

Paper textbooks are available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Java EE and NetBeans IDE
  • MySQL Database Server 5.7 or later
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Mary Tom Unit Coordinator
m.tom@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

An Introduction to Distributed Systems

Chapter

Chapters 1 and 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Interprocess Communication

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Distributed Objects & Remote Invocation

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Process and Thread Management – Operating System Support

Chapter

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 03 Dec 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Dec 2018

Module/Topic

Security in Distributed Systems

Chapter

Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Dec 2018

Module/Topic

Distributed File Systems and Name Services

Chapter

Chapters 12 and 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 Due: Week 6 Monday (17 Dec 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Dec 2018

Module/Topic

Coordination and Agreement

Chapter

Chapter 15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

Transactions and Concurrent Control

Chapter

Chapter 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

Distributed Transactions

Chapter

Chapter 17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

Replication and Fault Tolerance

Chapter

Chapter 18

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 Due: Week 10 Monday (21 Jan 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

Chapter

Chapter 19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Feb 2019

Module/Topic

Web Services

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 3 Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Feb 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Feb 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Dr Mary Tom
School of Engineering and Technology
Central Queensland University

Brisbane
Phone: +61 7 32951119
Email: m.tom@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical 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 networking, multi-threading, and object serialization. This assignment task is to assess your skills in practising 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 Monday (17 Dec 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (7 Jan 2019)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Appropriate use of data structures and algorithms in the problem solution
  2. Effective use of TCP networking, multi-threading, and object serialization
  3. Appropriate implementation of a software application for concurrent multi-user access.
  4. Appropriate use of good programming techniques/practices
  5. Rigorous testing of software application

Please refer to the marking criteria provided in the Assignment specification available from  the unit website for a detailed information on the assessment criteria.


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.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop distributed applications using networking, inter-process communication, and remote invocation
  • Solve problems in the distributed systems domain by applying the principles of distributed systems to authentic problems


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management

2 Practical 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 and use a back end database for data persistence. This assignment task is to assess your skills in practising the theoretical concepts learnt in Weeks 4 - 8. Further details are available on the unit website in the Assignment 2 Specification document. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Monday (21 Jan 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Monday (4 Feb 2019)


Weighting
35%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Appropriate use of data structures and algorithms in the problem solution
  2. Effective implementation of required networking protocols for client/server communication
  3. Appropriate use of concurrent access to multi-user database
  4. Appropriate use of good programming techniques/practices
  5. Rigorous testing of software application

Please refer to the marking criteria provided in the Assignment specification available from  the unit website for a detailed information on the assessment criteria.


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.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Design and develop distributed applications using one of the approaches of distributed objects, web services, and peer-to-peer solutions
  • Solve problems in the distributed systems domain by applying the principles of distributed systems to authentic problems
  • Critique the issues involved in developing reliable, secure, and scalable distributed systems
  • Work independently and collaboratively in small teams.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 3

Task Description

Your task in this assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of the role distributed systems play in facilitating pervasive computing and critically evaluate the technology needs in terms of reliability and security and the related issues impacting the society. This assessment task is to assess your knowledge in the topics learnt in Weeks 9 - 12 as well as your understanding of the current developments in distributed systems. Further details are available on the unit website in the Assignment 3 Specification document.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Feb 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
35%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Clear demonstration of your understanding of the importance of distributed system principles of security, reliability etc. as per the requirement
  2. Clear discussion of pervasive computing and use of distributed systems
  3. Relevant discussion on the impact of ubiquitous computing on society
  4. Appropriate formatting, clarity of expressions, and logical arguments

Please refer to the marking criteria provided in the Assignment specification available from the unit website for a detailed information on the assessment criteria.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit the report (.doc) file using the Assignment submission link available on the unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critique the issues involved in developing reliable, secure, and scalable distributed systems
  • Discuss the technology needs and social impact arising from ubiquitous distributed systems
  • Work independently and collaboratively in small teams.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

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