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COIT13152 - Operating Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course provides an introduction to the internals of operating systems and how they work. It looks at the responsibilities of an operating system and the algorithms and data structures used to fulfil those responsibilities.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Pre-requisite: COIT11233 OR (COIT11222 and COIT11224)

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 8%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 8%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 8%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 8%
5. Online Quiz(zes) 8%
6. Examination 60%

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

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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.

Source: Student Feedback and self reflection
Necessity for retaining this course as part of BIT for the reasons of essential knowledge acquisition for effective software development, applicability of operating systems fundamentals in other complex systems, and wider use in cloud, PC, and mobile devices.
Retain this course as part of BIT or Design and develop a Bachelor of Computer Science program.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback and self reflection
Need for more practicals with hands on experience.
Include tutorials with more hands on experience to enable students obtain deeper understanding.
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection
Need for inclusion of research based assessment.
Include assessments designed for more research based content enabling students to learn features of currently available operating systems and existing practices.
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection
Requirement for better lab facilites providing access to a real world system.
Labs having machines with Linux Operating system which is an open source software allowing students to have exposure to various aspects of Operating System.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the functions of operating systems
  2. demonstrate an awareness of common algorithms and data structures used in operating systems
  3. analyse and appreciate the different solutions to problems posed in operating systems
  4. critically examine CPU scheduling algorithms, concurrency controls, semaphores, deadlocks, memory management routines, file and directory structures, I/O systems, and security features used in modern operating systems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)