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FIT3046 - Operating environments

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: M Murshed


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Malaysia Second semester 2007 (Day)
Singapore First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Processes and threads: interprocess communication, scheduling. Deadlock: detection, prevention, avoidance. Memory management: allocation, swapping, virtual memory. Input/output principles and examples: disks, graphical user interfaces, network terminals. File systems: files, directories, disk space management. Security: authentication, cryptography, common attacks, principles of secure system administration. Case studies: Characteristics of major PC operating systems such as Linux and Windows.


  1. Know the general purpose and functions of operating systems.
  2. Understand the hardware and software mechanisms used to carry out these functions.
  3. Be familiar with the principal differences between common major operating systems such as Windows and Linux.
  4. Be able to install new operating systems on PC hardware.
  5. Be willing to select operating systems based on their merits rather than their marketing.


Exam:60%; Assignments:40%

Contact hours

one x 2hr Lecture/week; one x 2hr Tutorial/week




FIT2022 (Translation set GCO2814 and GCO3818)