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BTO130 Thu Dec 3 / Fri Dec 4 2009 class notes

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Test 4 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

Tue Dec 8 – Quiz 5; Storage and I/O system; file systems (last class of the semester)

Wed Dec 16 – Final exam in T3075 at 9:00am (to be confirmed)


Test 4 is Thursday (Section A) or Friday (Section B)

Test 4 is scheduled as follows:

  • Section A (Prof. McIntyre) – Thursday December 3
  • Section B (Prof. Qin) – Friday December 4

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.

Also, you will not be permitted to use digital devices like cellphones or smartphones. (Students often use these devices as timepieces. Your professor will keep you updated about the time.)

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

As on the last test, 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.

You should be able to look at any part of the class notes, textbook references, and linked (online) references, and create your own questions. Ask yourself whether you know the specific material well enough to describe it (concept, theory) and apply it (example, tool usage, configuration/management/monitoring/etc.).

Remember the two questions that you must be able to answer, in order to be successful in BTO130 and this program. Ask yourself:

Can I explain?

Can I do?


The following questions are samples of what you may get on the test:

What is the name of the GUI program that displays detailed information about a specific running process?

Is the Processes and Threads manager a kernel-mode or user-mode component?

From an architecture point of view, what does the I/O Manager component do?

Write a brief definition of "address space".

Name and briefly describe two ways to change data in the Registry.

Why would a programmer create a multi-threaded application?

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



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