Undergraduate Course: Operating Systems (INFR09047)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to the design and implementation of general purpose multi-tasking operating systems. It concentrates on the kernel aspects of such systems with the emphasis being on concepts which lead to practical implementations. Throughout the course reference is made to a number of significant actual operating systems (Linux, Windows variants etc.) to illustrate real implementations.
This 20 credit course replaces INFR09015 - Operating Systems (10 credits).
*The process concept, synchronisation, mutual exclusion, semaphores and monitors. Threads. Inter-process communication.
*Deadlock prevention, avoidance and detection.
The OS Kernel
*Micro and Monolithic kernels. Multi-tasking, privilege, interrupt handling. System and user processes. System calls.
*Description of problems of allocation, protection and sharing. Virtual Physical memory mapping schemes.
*Segmented paged virtual memory. Paging control, replacement algorithms; the working set model. Sharing code and data.
*CPU scheduling algorithms. Real-time scheduling. Disc access scheduling.
*Naming and Directory schemes. Disc space allocation. File protection and access control. System security.
*Various additional topics may be included from year to year.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Operating Systems
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Operating Systems (INFR09015)
||Other requirements|| This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser (lecturer).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students are required to have comparable background to that assumed by the course prerequisites listed in the Degree Regulations & Programmes of Study. If in doubt, consult the course organiser (lecturer).
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the structure and components of modern operating systems
- Explain the abstract concepts and concrete implementations of operating systems
- Compare and contrast the differing approaches taken by various operating systems
- Evaluate the suitability of differing approaches in different application domains
- Design OS components to address particular needs
|W. Stallings, 'Operating Systems, Internals and Design Principles' (5th edition or later), Prentice Hall, 2005.|
A. Silbershatz and P. Galvin, 'Operating Systems Concepts', (9th International Student Edition), John Wiley Addison-Wesley, 2013
|Course organiser||Dr Michael O'Boyle
Tel: (0131 6)50 5117
|Course secretary||Miss Lisa Branney
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607