This unit is designed to introduce the use, configuration, control and management of operating systems. Students will learn a range of user interfaces and operating system commands. Students will understand OS file systems, access control and privilege management, user credential storage, updating processes and virtualisation. Students will use a high-level programming language to access different types of memory and block storage and input/output devices.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the operation of modern operating systems and their file systems, user interfaces and commands
  • Explain and program applications which access different types of memory using direct and indirect referencing
  • Automate operating system commands using command-line interfaces of common operating systems
  • Deploy and manage operating systems using virtualisation software

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Tutorial Labs
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 40 - 60% 1,2,3,4 
PortfolioIndividual 40 - 60% 1,2,3,4 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

Outcomes to a minimum standard, a student must achieve: • an aggregate mark for the unit of 50% or more, and • achieve at least 40% in the Portfolio. Students who do not achieve at least 40% for the portfolio will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • pointers, references, casting, heaps, stacks
  • remote administration, BASH scripting
  • Powershell, NTVDM, DOS, VBS
  • Group policy, Active Directory, Samba, identity and access control
  • GPU architecture, CUDA programming
  • Virtualisation, OS installation, unattended installation, ghosting, containerisation.

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.