Operating Systems

Unit code: NIT1202 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Sydney


This unit introduces students to modern computer operating systems, their major components and roles. Students will be introduced 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.

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. Elaborate OS components for processes, devices, files and memory management;
  4. Research and report information on operating system types; and
  5. Apply the basis of Unix shell scripting.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
Closed book concept evaluation
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
Concept evaluation and problem solving test
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Two (2) Assignments (25% each)

Required reading

Understanding Operating Systems
McIver-McHoes A. & Flynn, I. (2017)| Cengage Learning

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