FIT9134 - Computer architecture and operating systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Siaw Cheng

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


FIT9018, FIT5134


This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of computer systems and the computing environment, using Linux as a case study of a modern operating system. Topics covered include: CPU, memory, storage devices, peripheral hardware, networking fundamentals, operating systems fundamentals, practical Linux considerations including Desktop and Enterprise applications, file systems, shell scripting, client/server applications and system administration.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. examine and describe computer hardware and software architectures;
  2. explain the three major functions of an operating system (OS), namely, process management, memory management, and file management;
  3. explain network technologies;
  4. write Unix commands for file management;
  5. apply Unix commands to interact with OS;
  6. develop Unix shell scripts;
  7. manage usage and administration of Linux systems; and
  8. deploy Linux in personal and enterprise contexts.


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): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • One 1-hour lecture
    • One 3-hour laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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