School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Distributed Systems
  • Unit Code

    CSI3344
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    2
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Jitian XIAO

Description

This unit provides the principles and practice underlying the design of distributed systems. Issues encountered in the design of distributed systems are addressed, successful approaches in the form of abstract models, algorithms and some case studies are described; and distributed applications in the future using wireless and spontaneous networking are discussed. The focus is mainly on conveying conceptual knowledge of distributed systems with some practical aspects being addressed.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must pass 1 units from CSP1150

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded CSG4209, CSI420J

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse and critique the design and/or mechanisms of distributed systems in terms of middleware support, system infrastructure and data sharing.
  2. Analyse and describe the differences between different distributed system models.
  3. Apply algorithms to the solution of complex distributed system problems.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and functionality of distributed algorithms for distributed systems.
  5. Synthesise the design of a mini-project for handling communications in a distributed system.

Unit Content

  1. Basic communication protocols.
  2. Case study: paradigms of distributed systems.
  3. Consistency protocols and distributed replication.
  4. Distributed naming services.
  5. Distributed objects, remote procedure calls and remote method invocations.
  6. Distributed system models.
  7. Distributed system security.
  8. Distributed transactions and concurrency control.
  9. Fault tolerance.
  10. Synchronization.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures and workshops.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Laboratory WorkCumulative workshop activities20%
ReportWritten report30%
Examination ^End of semester examination50%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
Laboratory WorkCumulative workshop activities20%
ReportWritten report30%
Examination ^End of semester examination50%

^ Mandatory to Pass

Core Reading(s)

  • Tanenbaum, A. S., & Steen, M. (2014). Distributed systems : principles and paradigms (2.new internat. ed, pp. II, 633). PearEducation.
  • Tanenbaum, A., & van Steen, M. (2007). Distributed systems: principles and paradigms. (2nd ed.). New York: Prentice Hall.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Distributed Systems
  • Unit Code

    CSI3344
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    2
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Jitian XIAO

Description

This unit provides the principles and practice underlying the design of distributed systems. Issues encountered in the design of distributed systems are addressed, successful approaches in the form of abstract models, algorithms and some case studies are described; and distributed applications in the future using wireless and spontaneous networking are discussed. The focus is mainly on conveying conceptual knowledge of distributed systems with some practical aspects being addressed.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must pass 1 units from CSP1150

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded CSG4209, CSI420J

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse and critique the design and/or mechanisms of distributed systems in terms of middleware support, system infrastructure and data sharing.
  2. Analyse and describe the differences between different distributed system models.
  3. Apply algorithms to the solution of complex distributed system problems.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and functionality of distributed algorithms for distributed systems.
  5. Synthesise the design of a mini-project for handling communications in a distributed system.

Unit Content

  1. Basic communication protocols.
  2. Case study: paradigms of distributed systems.
  3. Consistency protocols and distributed replication.
  4. Distributed naming services.
  5. Distributed objects, remote procedure calls and remote method invocations.
  6. Distributed system models.
  7. Distributed system security.
  8. Distributed transactions and concurrency control.
  9. Fault tolerance.
  10. Synchronization.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures and workshops.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Laboratory WorkCumulative workshop activities20%
ReportWritten report30%
Examination ^End of semester examination50%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
Laboratory WorkCumulative workshop activities20%
ReportWritten report30%
Examination ^End of semester examination50%

^ Mandatory to Pass


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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