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Last modified: 08 Mar 2016 11:48

Course Overview

​This course discusses core concepts of distributed systems, such as programming with distributed objects, multiple threads of control, multi-tire client-server systems, transactions and concurrency control, distributed transactions and commit protocols, and fault-tolerant systems. The course also discusses aspects of security, such as cryptography, authentication, digital signatures and certificates, SSL etc. Weekly practical sessions cover a set of techniques for the implementation of distributed system concepts such as programming with remote object invocation, thread management and socket communication.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Martin Kollingbaum

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

​Topics include:

  • Introduction to Distributed Systems.
  • Programming with Distributed Objects: Java RMI; Object Serialization; Managing Multiple Threads of Control; Security Policies; Multi-Tier Client-Server Systems.
  • Programming with Distributed Data Sources: Transactions and Concurrency Control; Distributed Transactions; Replication; Fault-Tolerant Systems.
  • Security in Distributed Systems: Cryptography, Authentication, Digital Signatures and Certificates, SSL, Firewalls.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt

  • 1 two-hour written examination (75%)
  • Continuous assessment (25%)


  • 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Only marks obtained at first attempt can be used for Honours Classification.

Formative Assessment



​​Written feedback for the in-couse assessment (programming task and report); verbal feedback upon request on the final written exam.

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