Courses & Units

Operating Systems KIT213


Today's modern integrated technology is built on ICT systems that run in a range of contexts (e.g. Servers, PCs, mobile computing, robotics) using a range of technological solutions. Students will examine a range of different devices used to build ICT infrastructure. By exploring computing devices students will gain a fundamental understanding of the similarities and differences in modern computer hardware, operating systems, networks, and cloud computing.

Throughout the unit, students will develop a set of core competencies related to Unix command line instructions and introductory shell scripting for automation of repetitive tasks, file system navigation, file security and maintenance, and combining commands into pipelines.

The key focus of the unit is to provide students with knowledge of operating system fundamentals and practical skills to apply that knowledge. The main operating systems topics covered in this unit include operating systems structure and services, process management and coordination, memory management including modern implementations of virtual memory, operating system security, file systems, device management, and input/output principles. The main focus will be on the Unix operating system but the different approaches in other operating systems will be examined.


Unit name Operating Systems
Unit code KIT213
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
Discipline Information & Communication Technology
Coordinator Doctor Shuxiang Xu
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Winter school On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Winter school On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Winter school 30/5/2022 7/6/2022 20/6/2022 10/7/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply industry standard techniques to configure and troubleshoot processes running on systems
  • Use tools and commands to navigate file systems and secure and manipulate files
  • Design and author scripts to automate tasks
  • Compare the implementation of operating system features across a range of platforms

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
020117 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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KIT101 OR KIT103 OR KIT107

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Lectures: 2 hr/wk
Tutorials: 1 hr/wk

AssessmentExamination (30%)|Skills based quiz (10%)|UNIX Shell Scripting (30%)|Operating System Report (20%)|File system competency test (10%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Operating System Concepts, Enhanced Edition, 10th Edition

Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter B. Galvin

ISBN: 978-1-119-32091-3 April 2018,John Wiley & Sons

Das, S. 2013, Your UNIX the ultimate guide (3rd edition), McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 978-0-07-337620-2

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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