Operating Systems & Networks
Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Saad Mansoor
Overall aims and purpose
To introduce the fundamental concepts of modern day operating systems and computer networks.
On completion of the module the student will:
- Understand the generic requirements, structure, operation, and administration of a modern operating system.
- Be able to analyse, design and write programs at the operating systems level.
- Understand the requirements and design of modern network protocols and systems, their operation and use by applications.
50% of the module is on operating systems, and 50% is on computer networks.
Aspects of File systems; naming services; memory management; scheduling; device management
Benefits and risks of service oriented architecture, frameworks for enterprise architectures, and managing risks across portfolio of enterprise.
Management of disk and data across the enterprise, management of proliferating types and volume and content.
Topics on networks include models of communication (ISO reference model). IPC; RPC; Sockets; Language primitives; Distributed Objects. Service oriented architectures
Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria
Understand basic components of an Operating System
|Explain the purpose and inter-relationships between OS components||Able to identify components of an operating system||Discuss details of key components of OS such as File systems, naming services and other managers|
Understand core concepts of enterprise architecture
|Able to distinguish between different scheduling algorithms||Understand concept of concurrency||Able to discuss role of concurrency in systems|
Be able to analyse, design and write programs at the operating systems level
|Understand the concept of file system.||Explain to the concept of system and disk management||Able to explain different file system implementation|
Understand the requirements and design of modern network protocols and systems, their operation and use by applications.
|Understand the concept of protection.||Able to apply the concept of system protection||Able to explain different protection mechanism|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
24 hours over 12 weeks
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
Subject specific skills
- Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
- Problem solving strategies
- Deploy theory in design, implementation and evaluation of systems
- Specify, design or construct computer-based systems
- Specify, deploy, verify and maintain information systems
- Knowledge and understanding of computational modelling
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- I110: BSc Computer Information Systems year 3 (BSC/CIS)