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COIT20257 - Distributed Systems: Principles and Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to teach both the principles and practice of distributed systems, but with an emphasis on the practical side. Theory will focus on architectural, communication, synchronisation issues (e.g. client/server and peer to peer architectures, message-oriented communication, naming, threads, remote method invocation). The issues involved in the provision of reliable and secure distributed systems will also be addressed, as will the social impact arising from the ubiquity of distributed systems. Practice will involve consolidation of the key theoretical material through the development of software applications. Note: If you have undertaken COIT23005 Distributed Systems Development then this unit cannot be enrolled.

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

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 3 - 2016

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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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 35%
3. Examination 45%

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

Past Exams

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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

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

  1. Compare and contrast distributed systems with non-distributed systems.
  2. Discuss the social issues arising from ubiquitous distributed systems.
  3. Solve problems in the distributed systems domain by applying the principles taught in the unit to real problems.
  4. Develop distributed applications.
  5. Critique the issues involved in developing reliable and secure 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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination