FIT2100 - Operating systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Carlo Kopp

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


One of FIT1047, FIT1031 or ENG1003




This unit will provide students with the knowledge of how a multi-programming, multi-user operating systems operates and it manages and allocate resources to different applications. Students will be able to compare and contrast various resource management allocation strategies. Students will develop and implement code to understand and make use of operating system services.

The topics covered will include an introduction to C Programming which is heavily used in development of operating systems, operating system structure and services, multi-programming processes, CPU scheduling, memory management, device management, synchronisation, deadlocks, virtual memory and file systems.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse and evaluate various strategies used by an operating system in managing the system resources and running applications efficiently;
  2. analyse and identify parameters that can improve the performance of multi-programming operating systems;
  3. apply synchronisation techniques in the development of applications, using operating system services; and
  4. apply system calls in the design of applications, to improve application performance, robustness or functionality.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 hours and 10 mins): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours lectures
    • Three hours laboratories (alternate weeks)
    • One hour tutorials (alternate weeks)
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.

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