COIT13229 - Applied Distributed Systems
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is designed to analyse and apply the knowledge common in the distributed systems domain. Technical issues such as communication, process management and control, naming issues in distributed systems, fault tolerance and security, synchronisation, consistency and replication, and distributed object and file systems are covered. Students will carry out processes that use these specialised skills in the application of these concepts to applied practical problems in the distributed systems problem domain.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: COIT11134

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Evaluation

Term 2 - 2012: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.97% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Assessment (feedback) Course evaluation Will request markers to provide more detailed feedback
Course contents Course evaluation Review the difficulty of the tutorial questions
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. understand the principles of distributed systems
  2. gain an in depth appreciate for the issues and algorithms found in the distributed systems problem domain
  3. demonstrate the ability to solve problems in the distributed systems domain by solving problems by applying the abstract concepts taught in the unit to real problems
  4. critically evaluate the methodology taught in the unit

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • Program ming/Software Development ( PROG),
  • Database/Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Network support (NTAS)
  • Release and Deployment (RELM)
  • Application Support (ASUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Distributed Systems Concepts and Design
Author/s: George Coulouris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg and Gordon Blair Year: 2012
Edition: 5th Edition Publisher: Addison-Wesley
City: Boston
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.7 or higher or NetBeans IDE 8 or higher
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorWei Li (w.li@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

An Introduction to Distributed Systems

Chapter 1 & Chapter 2

Week 2 13-03-2017

Interprocess Communication

Chapter 4

Week 3 20-03-2017

Distributed Objects and Remote Invocation

Chapter 5

Week 4 27-03-2017

Process and Thread Management – Operating System Support

Chapter 7

Week 5 03-04-2017

Replication and Fault Tolerance

Chapter 18

Assignment-1 Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Vacation

Week 6 17-04-2017

Distributed File Systems

Chapter 12

Week 7 24-04-2017

Name Services

Chapter 13

Week 8 01-05-2017

Coordination and Agreement

Chapter 15

Week 9 08-05-2017

Transactions and Concurrent Control

Chapter 16

Week 10 15-05-2017

Distributed Transactions

Chapter 17

Assignment-2 Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Security in Distributed Systems

Chapter 11

Week 12 29-05-2017

Web Services

Chapter 9

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

The unit coordinator of Term 1 2017

Dr. Wei Li

School of Engineering & Technology
Central Queensland University
Rockhampton QLD 4702, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4930 9686
Email: w.li@cqu.edu.au

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment-1
Task Description

Your task for this assignment is to construct a number of Java classes to show your understanding and programming skills about Java Interface, Java Object Serialization, Java multi-threading model and client/server model. The purpose of this assignment is to assess your competency about the fundamental Java components of distributed applications.

The assignment specification and marking criteria can be found from the unit web site.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Assignment-1 Due
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Assignment-1 Results Release
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be assessed by the software implementation and user instruction document. The detailed marking criteria can be found from the unit web site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit from the unit Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. understand the principles of distributed systems

2. gain an in depth appreciate for the issues and algorithms found in the distributed systems problem domain

3. demonstrate the ability to solve problems in the distributed systems domain by solving problems by applying the abstract concepts taught in the unit to real problems

4. critically evaluate the methodology taught in the unit

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment-2
Task Description

Your task for this assignment is to design, implement, test and document a remote invocation framework that is similar to Java RMI but lightweight. The purpose of this assignment is to assess your competency in constructing a distributed application by using Java TCP Networking, Multi-threading, Object Serialization and client/server model.

The assignment specification and marking criteria can be found from the unit web site.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Assignment-2 Due
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Assignment-2 Results Release
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be assessed by the design and test document and software implementation. The detailed marking criteria can be found from the unit web site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit from the unit Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. understand the principles of distributed systems

2. gain an in depth appreciate for the issues and algorithms found in the distributed systems problem domain

3. demonstrate the ability to solve problems in the distributed systems domain by solving problems by applying the abstract concepts taught in the unit to real problems

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Open Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. understand the principles of distributed systems

2. gain an in depth appreciate for the issues and algorithms found in the distributed systems problem domain

3. demonstrate the ability to solve problems in the distributed systems domain by solving problems by applying the abstract concepts taught in the unit to real problems

4. critically evaluate the methodology taught in the unit

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence


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