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CS3026: OPERATING SYSTEMS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

This course discusses core concepts and architectures of operating systems, in particular the management of processes, memory and storage structures. Students will learn about the scheduling and operation of processes and threads, problems of concurrency and means to avoid race conditions and deadlock situations. The course will discuss virtual memory management, file systems and issues of security and recovery. In weekly practical session, students will gain a deeper understanding of operating system concepts with verious programming exercises.




Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Martin Kollingbaum

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Comparative and historical studies of operating systems. OS structure and services: system calls, system programs, virtualisation. Processes and threads: scheduling, operation, co-operation and communication. Synchronisation, semaphores and deadlock handling. Memory management: logical and physical address spaces, swapping, segmentation and paging. File systems, directory structure, and storage allocation. Protection and security. Comparing and contrasting examples and case studies from a variety of operating systems.

Further Information & Notes

Assistive technologies may be required for any student who is unable to use a standard keyboard/mouse/computer monitor. Any students wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator. Non-graduating students would require the following background/experience: knowledge of common data-structures and algorithms; experience of the C programming language.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Computing Science
  • BSc Computing Science and Philosophy
  • Computing Science Joint
  • MA Computing
  • MSci Computing Science w Ind'l Placement
  • MSci Computing with Industrial Placement
  • Master of Engineering in Computing Science

Contact Teaching Time

72 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment (25%). Resit: One 2-hour examination (100%). Only marks obtained at first attempt can be used for Honours Classification.

Formative Assessment

During lectures, the Personal Response System and/or other ways of student interaction will be used for formative assessment. Additionally, practical sessions will provide students with practice opportunities and formative assessment.

Feedback

Formative feedback for in-course assessments will be provided in written form. Additionally, formative feedback on performance will be provided informally during practical sessions.

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