This unit introduces students to modern computer operating systems, their major components and roles. Students will be exposed to at least two popular operating systems including a mobile OS.

Content includes: Operating System (OS) concepts, OS architectures; threads and processes; concurrency, daemons and services; memory management, devices and device drivers; file systems, security; basic scripting.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic OS architectures, functions and roles;  
  2. Cite the history and identify social impacts of different operating systems, including mobile OS;  
  3. Describe OS components for processes, devices, files and memory management; and  
  4. Research and report information on operating system types.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Install and configure operating system (including 1500 words report) 30%
Test Written Test aligned to Industry Certification (90 min) 40%
Laboratory Work Practical Lab Tasks aligned to industry certification 30%

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