CSCI3150 Introduction to Operating Systems


Course code CSCI3150
Course title Introduction to Operating Systems
Course description This course introduces the various internal components of an operating system, including process and thread management, memory management, file system, security, and synchronization.
Unit(s) 3
Course level Undergraduate
Pre-requisite CSCI2100 or 2520 or ESTR2102
Co-requisite AIST3020 or CSCI2510 or CENG3420 or IERG3060
Exclusion ESTR3102
Semester 1 and 2
Grading basis Graded
Grade Descriptors A/A-:  EXCELLENT – exceptionally good performance and far exceeding expectation in all or most of the course learning outcomes; demonstration of superior understanding of the subject matter, the ability to analyze problems and apply extensive knowledge, and skillful use of concepts and materials to derive proper solutions.
B+/B/B-:  GOOD – good performance in all course learning outcomes and exceeding expectation in some of them; demonstration of good understanding of the subject matter and the ability to use proper concepts and materials to solve most of the problems encountered.
C+/C/C-: FAIR – adequate performance and meeting expectation in all course learning outcomes; demonstration of adequate understanding of the subject matter and the ability to solve simple problems.
D+/D: MARGINAL – performance barely meets the expectation in the essential course learning outcomes; demonstration of partial understanding of the subject matter and the ability to solve simple problems.
F: FAILURE – performance does not meet the expectation in the essential course learning outcomes; demonstration of serious deficiencies and the need to retake the course.
Learning outcomes 1. Understand key operating systems concepts including process management, memory management, file systems, and I/O;
2. Hands-on experience with operating systems design and implementation;
3. Insight with both the UNIX and the Windows operating systems; 
(for reference only)
Essay test or exam: 60%
Short answer test or exam: 30%
Assignments: 10%
Recommended Reading List 1. Operating Systems Design and Implementation, 3rd Edition. Andrew S. Tanenbaum and Albert S. Woodhull, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006
2. Operating Systems Principles, 7th Edition. Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, Greg Gagne, Wiley 2006
3. Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment. W. Richard Stevens, Addison Wesley, 1992


CSCIN programme learning outcomes Course mapping
Upon completion of their studies, students will be able to:  
1. identify, formulate, and solve computer science problems (K/S); TP
2. design, implement, test, and evaluate a computer system, component, or algorithm to meet desired needs (K/S);
3. receive the broad education necessary to understand the impact of computer science solutions in a global and societal context (K/V);
4. communicate effectively (S/V);
5. succeed in research or industry related to computer science (K/S/V);
6. have solid knowledge in computer science and engineering, including programming and languages, algorithms, theory, databases, etc. (K/S); TPM
7. integrate well into and contribute to the local society and the global community related to computer science (K/S/V);
8. practise high standard of professional ethics (V);
9. draw on and integrate knowledge from many related areas (K/S/V);
Remarks: K = Knowledge outcomes; S = Skills outcomes; V = Values and attitude outcomes; T = Teach; P = Practice; M = Measured