Undergraduate Course: Operating Systems (INFR10079)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to the design and implementation of modern general-purpose operating systems. It concentrates on the operating system kernel with the emphasis being on concepts that lead to practical implementations. Throughout the course reference is made to a number of widely-adopted general-purpose operating systems (including Linux, Windows, and OS X) to illustrate real implementations. An educational operating system is used for the coursework.
This course is a required pre-requisite for the optional fourth-year course Internet of Things: Systems, Security, and the Cloud.
* Please note this Level 10 course replaces the Level 9 course "Operating Systems" (INFR09047).*
The OS Kernel
*Micro and Monolithic kernels
*Interrupt handling, system calls
*The process concept
*The thread concept
*CPU scheduling algorithms
*Synchronisation, mutual exclusion
*Semaphores, and monitors
*Deadlock prevention, avoidance, and detection
*The problem of allocation, protection, and sharing
*Physical and virtual memory
*Paged virtual memory
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Operating Systems
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Operating Systems (INFR09047)
||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 2020/21, 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)
||The coursework component is worth 50% of the overall grade of the course. The coursework consists of several programming exercises.
||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
|A. Silbershatz, P. Galvin, and G. Gagne, 'Operating Systems Concepts' (10th Edition), John Wiley Addison-Wesley, 2018|
W. Stallings, 'Operating Systems, Internals and Design Principles' (5th edition or later), Prentice Hall, 2005.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Antonio Barbalace
Tel: (0131 6)51 1417
|Course secretary||Mrs Michelle Bain
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607