COIT20257 - Distributed Systems: Principles and Development
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit aims to teach both the principles and practice of distributed systems, but with an emphasis on the practical side. Theory will focus on architectural, communication, synchronisation issues (e.g. client/server and peer to peer architectures, message-oriented communication, naming, threads, remote method invocation). The issues involved in the provision of reliable and secure distributed systems will also be addressed, as will the social impact arising from the ubiquity of distributed systems. Practice will involve consolidation of the key theoretical material through the development of software applications. Note: If you have undertaken COIT23005 Distributed Systems Development then this unit cannot be enrolled.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite unit: COIT20256 Data structures and Algorithms

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

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 35%
3. Examination 45%

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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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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Feedback Source Recommendation
Assessments should be returned in time with clear feedback Moodle course website Assessment marking and return should be closely monitored.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast distributed systems with non-distributed systems.
  2. Discuss the social issues arising from ubiquitous distributed systems.
  3. Solve problems in the distributed systems domain by applying the principles taught in the unit to real problems.
  4. Develop distributed applications.
  5. Critique the issues involved in developing reliable and secure distributed systems.

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 5
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills    
4. Research
5. Self-management        
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility          
7. Leadership          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - 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 State: MA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.8
  • MySql Database Server version 5.7 or later
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 CoordinatorMary Tom (m.tom@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

Communication - Remote Invocation

Chapter 5

Week 4 27-03-2017

Process and Thread Management – Operating System Support

Chapter 7

Week 5 03-04-2017

Security in Distributed Systems

Chapter 11

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Vacation

Week 6 17-04-2017

Distributed File Systems and Name Services

Chapters 12 and 13

Week 7 24-04-2017

Coordination and Agreement

Chapter 15

Assignment 1 Due Monday (24 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Transactions and Concurrent Control

Chapter 16

Week 9 08-05-2017

Distributed Transactions

Chapter 17

Week 10 15-05-2017

Replication and Fault Tolerance

Chapter 18

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

Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

Chapter 19

Week 12 29-05-2017

Web Services

Chapter 9

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

Unit Coordinator

Dr Mary Tom
School of Engineering and Technology
Central Queensland University
Brisbane
Phone: +61 7 32951119
Email: m.tom@cqu.edu.au

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

Cloud computing has become the largely distributed system which is growing and becoming the most used form of distributed systems. Transition to this computing paradigm also raises many security concerns. Your task in this assignment is to write a review article describing the major threats, and vulnerabilities, and discuss the current state of technology to deal with such security issues. Follow the full assignment specification available from the unit website.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (24-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Assignment 1 Due
Return Date to Students Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017)
Assignment 1 Results Release
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be assessed by the format, technical contents, and referencing. The detailed marking criteria can be found from the unit web site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please submit one .doc or .docx file using the Assignment Submission link available at the unit website.

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

1. Compare and contrast distributed systems with non-distributed systems.

2. Discuss the social issues arising from ubiquitous distributed systems.

5. Critique the issues involved in developing reliable and secure distributed systems.

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

1. Knowledge

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

Your task for this assignment is to design, implement, test and document a client/server system which allows concurrent access to multiple clients. The purpose of this assignment is to assess your competency in Java TCP networking, multi-threading, object serialization, concurrency, and use of database for data persistence.

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 35%
Assessment Criteria

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

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit from the Moodle unit website

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

3. Solve problems in the distributed systems domain by applying the principles taught in the unit to real problems.

4. Develop distributed applications.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 45%
Length 120 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. Compare and contrast distributed systems with non-distributed systems.

2. Discuss the social issues arising from ubiquitous distributed systems.

3. Solve problems in the distributed systems domain by applying the principles taught in the unit to real problems.

5. Critique the issues involved in developing reliable and secure distributed systems.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills


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