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BTO130 Tue Nov 17 2009 class notes

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Test 3 is today.


Prepare for today’s class

Review the class notes. Read the textbook chapters. Read the linked resources. Learn. Think. Analyze. Act. Apply the topics you are learning by practicing.


Coming up in BTO130

Thu Nov 19 / Fri Nov 20 – we will begin our study of operating systems architecture

Tue Nov 24 – Quiz 4, hands-on Lab 4 available; all about memory

Thu Nov 26 / Fri Nov 27 – all about processes


Test 3 is today

Test 3 is today. Here are the details:

It is worth 15% of your final course grade, and will be an written test. It covers new topics since the last test.

The question types will include multiple choice, multiple answer, fill in the blank, sequencing, and so on. There will also be questions which will require a few sentences in the answer, and others that will require a few paragraphs.

Reference material and resources

The following lists the reference resources which are permitted and those which are not allowed.


  • One single paper-based reference sheet (see the "Reference Sheet Guidelines" in the policies and standards section of the BT0130 Policies & Standards document 
    We must highlight the following: DO NOT copy/paste these class notes on to your reference sheet. DO NOT copy/paste material from other sources (e.g. Wikipedia, textbook, etc.). Your reference sheet will be inspected during the test. If it does not follow the guidelines, its use may be disallowed. During marking if an answer uses content from the reference sheet, and the reference sheet does not follow the guidelines, the answer will be graded as zero (0). Do not violate the College’s Academic Honesty policy.

Not allowed:

  • Access to online material or other printed material

Remember that you are taking a degree-level course.

Therefore it’s fair that you are asked about factual information, as well as concepts, which will give you an opportunity to demonstrate reasoning, analysis, and synthesis skills.

Best wishes on the test.


Reminder about BTO130 Policies & Standards

This is a reminder: Review the BTO130 Policies & Standards, located on this web site page. In particular, make sure you read and understand the information about "Tests and Other Graded Work".


Sample questions

It is easy for you to come up with sample questions. For each topic that you are learning, simply look at the topic from a questioner’s point of view. If you are learning about the DNS protocol, ask yourself: What is DNS? How does it work? What problem does it solve? What are its benefits? Where do I find it on my computer? Can I configure it, or change its settings?

The following questions are samples of what you may get on the test. Variants of these have appeared on past "Test 3" instances:

What is the name of the command-line interface program (aka application, tool, utility) that displays protocol statistics and current TCP/IP network connections. (1 mark)

Compare the two message retrieval protocols, POP3 and IMAP. Include as much detail as you can. (2 marks)

HTTP: Expand the acronym. Then, describe its purpose. Finally, describe its function in as much detail as you can. If it helps your answer, you can use an example and/or a diagram. Make sure you state any assumptions you are making; for example, you may assume that you are trying to communicate with a college server while you are sitting at your home computer. (5 marks)

See the next page of this blog post for sample answers.



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