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COMP6042 - Operating Systems in Practice

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Title:Operating Systems in Practice
Long Title:Operating Systems in Practice
Module Code:COMP6042
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donna OShea
Module Author: PAUL ROTHWELL
Module Description: A computer Operating System (OS) manages the hardware and software resources of a computer system in order to provide the services needed by users' programs. This module introduces students to the fundamental operation of a computer operating system. It focuses on practical work in installing, using and managing the Linux operating system.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the fundamental operation and structure of a computer system.
LO2 Explain the structure and management of processes.
LO3 Outline the fundamentals of memory management.
LO4 Install and configure a Linux Operating System.
LO5 Describe the Linux operating system organisation, components and file system.
LO6 Use the Linux graphical user Interface and command line interface to perform standard user and administration tasks.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to operating systems
Definition, goals and roles of an operating system; Review of basic structure of a computer system: (Processor, memory, secondary memory, peripherals, elements of a standard processor: ALU, CU, IR, PC, MBR, MAR, IO AR, I/O BR, status register, data registers, data/address/control bus, Fetch-execute cycle); Interrupts, interrupt handling.
Process Management
What is a process?, process vs program, process priorities and CPU scheduling, process creation and destruction, process state transitions, process control block.
Memory Management
Types of memory, memory associated with a process, user and kernel space, introduction to memory management using paging, swap space, virtual vs physical addresses. Issues in memory management: storage efficiency, address mapping.
Practical Work: Introduction to Linux
Linux History, Philosophy and Concepts; Use of the Graphical Interface.
Practical Work: Overview of Linux Structure
Linux Documentation; root user; process creation & structure, system calls, Kernel; Boot sequence; File System (pathnames, system directories, file types, ownership); User Environment; User levels; I/O redirection & piping; Processes; Device files.
Practical Work: Linux Installation
Overview of distributions (Suse, Debian, RedHat, Mint, etc.); Installation; Dual boot; System Configuration; Software Package Installation
Practical Work: Linux Command Interpreter Operation
Command recall, tab completion, shortcuts. Standard Utilities: File & Directory Operations (cd, mkdir, cp, mv, rm, etc.) System information (who, date, etc.), Process management (nice, renice, bg, fg, top, htop, kill, killall, ps, pstree), Searching (find, grep, etc.), Compression (tar, zip), Local Security/Permissions (chmod, chown, chgrp), users & groups; Memory management (/proc/*/maps, /proc/meminfo, vmstat, free).
Practical work: Common Applications
Installation and use; e.g. Window Managers, Desktop Environments.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Installation and Configuration of a Linux OS, and creating a practical and attractive desktop environment 4,5,6 20.0 Week 5
Practical/Skills Evaluation Perform a set of tasks in GUI and command line. 5,6 30.0 Week 11
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of Semester Formal Examination 1,2,3,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of theory components of module. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical work on Linux operating system. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Study of theory components and preparation and practice of practical work. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of theory components of module. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical work on Linux operating system. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Study of theory components and preparation and practice of practical work. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brian Ward 2015, How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know, 2nd Ed., William Pollock [ISBN: 9781593275679]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mark G. Sobell, 2012, A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 9780133085044]
  • Stallings, W. 2014, Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles, 8th Ed., 0,1,2,3,7,9, Prentice Hall USA [ISBN: 9781292061351]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KSDEV_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development 2 Mandatory
CR_KDNET_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems 2 Mandatory
CR_KITMN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management 2 Mandatory
CR_KITSP_7 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology 2 Mandatory
CR_KCOMP_7 Bachelor of Science in Software Development 2 Mandatory
CR_KCOME_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Software Development 2 Mandatory

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