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CS4096: OPERATING SYSTEMS (2019-2020)

Last modified: 08 Mar 2016 14:01

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 various programming exercises.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First 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)

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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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt
  • One 2-hour examination (75%); continuous assessment (25%)

  • One 2-hour examination (100%). Only marks obtained at first attempt can be used for Honours classification.

Formative Assessment



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

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