Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Students are introduced to modern operating systems, the most prominent system software, focusing on their purposes, principles and functionalities. The course will explore different components of operating systems and the services offered by them to increase the productivity, efficiency and convenience of users. Topics include processes and threads, process synchronisation, starvation and deadlocks, resource scheduling, physical and virtual memory organisation and their management, file systems, disk management and scheduling, and security issues. Real operating systems are used for case study where appropriate.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discover the structure, functions and components of modern operating systems.

2. Connect how OS abstractions are realised on conventional hardware.

3. Examine the central issues and methods/algorithms employed in operating systems design.

4. Develop essential skills of programming with consideration of concurrency and multithreads.

5. Gain familiarity with some popular operating systems and identify their functional features.


  1. Hardware overview.
  2. Processes and process scheduling including multi-processors.
  3. Concurrency control using hardware and software techniques.
  4. Memory Management.
  5. Virtual memory.
  6. I/O and disk management.
  7. File systems and file manipulation.
  8. Security mechanisms.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Programming Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Programming Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Programming Assignment 3

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

In Term Test: Midterm Test

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2

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