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.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2020
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Discuss the key design issues of modern software operating systems and implement common solutions.
2. Program with multiple threads.
3. Discuss concurrency issues and design solutions to them.
- Hardware overview.
- Processes and process scheduling including multi-processors.
- Concurrency control using hardware and software techniques.
- Memory Management.
- Virtual memory.
- I/O and disk management.
- File systems and file manipulation.
- Security mechanisms.
Written Assignment: Programming Assignment 1
Written Assignment: Programming Assignment 2
Written Assignment: Programming Assignment 3
Formal Examination: Final Examination *
In Term Test: Mid Term Test
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
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.
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