COIT20257 - Distributed Systems: Principles and Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite unit: COIT20256 Data structures and Algorithms

Anti-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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

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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 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.

Assessment Tasks

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 27.78% response rate.

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: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Access to assignment sample solutions would help students better understand the reasoning behind solving the tasks.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinator to release reference solutions to assignments.
Action Taken
The students' assignments have been commented on in detail, and the reference solutions have been released.
Source: Peer reviewers
Feedback
Lecture slides are somewhat outdated for mobile and ubiquitous computing topics.
Recommendation
Update the lecture slides for the mobile and ubiquitous computing topics to include recent technologies and case studies.
Action Taken
The update has been done for mobile and ubiquitous computing and delivered since Term 1, 2021.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Maintain the same details for any new or updated materials.
Recommendation
Ensure the clear documentation standards applied in the lab materials are maintained and where possible, applied to other unit content, e.g. assessments and lecture slides.
Action Taken
The standard has been applied for the unit update or assessment development.
Source: Teaching evaluation
Feedback
The unit provides good topics of the theoretical and practical knowledge of distributed systems.
Recommendation
Continue the current learning and teaching practices as the student feedback are all positive.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Teamwork (assessment) encourages critical thinking and enhancement of communication skills.
Recommendation
Continue the current standards for teamwork assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Teaching team reflection
Feedback
Engagement is important for deep learning.
Recommendation
Nudge the absent students to attend classes; use group work and share and present work in classes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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