COMP25111 Operating Systems syllabus 2015-2016
OverviewOperating systems provide an interface for computer users that permits them to gain access without needing to understand how the computer works. The software needed to achieve this is complex and this course introduces students to some of the details of design and implementation.
This course unit introduces students to the principles of operating system design and to the prevailing techniques for their implementation. The course unit assumes that students are already familiar with the structure of a user-program after it has been converted into an executable form, and that they have a rudimentary understanding of the performance trade-offs inherent in the choice of algorithms and data structures. Pertinent features of the hardware-software interface are described, and emphasis is placed on the concurrent nature of operating system activities. Two concrete examples of operating systems are used to illustrate how principles and techniques are deployed in practice.
Purpose of the Operating System. OS entities and functions.
Processor Organisation & Operation
Datapath, Control, Instruction Set, Processor Design and Operation
Polling / Interrupts.
Process Management Creation / Scheduling / Termination / Communication / Synchronization.
Basic concepts. Contiguous storage allocation Single- and multi-programming. Segmentation. Paging.
Directory organization. File types and file organization.
22 in total, 2 per week
10 hours in total, 5 2-hour sessions
Feedback methodsFeedback is provided to students in alignment with good pedagogic practice and pedagogic assessment [criterion]; the feedback takes the Kinesthetic approach to learning. Two approaches, #1 and #2, illustrate how to develop the student's skills aligned to the course; such as: theory, process, academic, reading, comprehension, exam skills. The first uses a more reading/writing-preference learner's approach #1. The second, approach #2, uses the visual learning strategy.
The feedback is given: one-to-one and one-to-many. The feedback is given (if time allows) at the start (in the break, & the end) of: lectures, examples classes (if applicable), and laboratories. One-to-one feedback is also given - marked up - in each of the anonymous scripts of the student's exam booklets. One-to-many is also given in a cohort wide exam feedback compiled jointly by all course member whom lecture on the course and mark exams.
Feedback, hints, advice, and extra information also appear on the course's CS web site, courses CS web site, & the universities Blackboard web site. RN also provides real time video multimedia support for all the course's he lectures on; these are composed of video lectures, video tutorials and many associated material designed to help, broaden, and inform the student cohort of possible: approaches, techniques, and learning strategies that will aid and enhance their learning.
- Assessment written exam (2 hours)
- Lectures (24 hours)
- Practical classes & workshops (10 hours)
- Analytical skills
- Group/team working
- Project management
- Oral communication
- Problem solving
- Written communication
|Programme outcome||Unit learning outcomes||Assessment|
|A2 A3||Have knowledge and understanding of the overall structure and functionality of a modern operating system and of its interactions with the underlying computer hardware and overlying user-program.|
|A2 A3||Have detailed knowledge and understanding of the operation of the following major component of an operating system: - the I/O device manager|
|A2 A3||Have detailed knowledge and understanding of the operation of the following major component of an operating system: - the memory manager|
|A2 A3||Have detailed knowledge and understanding of the operation of the following major component of an operating system: - the process manager|
|A2 A3||Have detailed knowledge and understanding of the operation of the following major component of an operating system: - the file manager.|
|A2 A3 B1 B2 B3 C1 C5 D1 D4 D5||Have the ability to design and implement (an emulation of) a prototypical process manager.|
|A2 A3 B1 B2 B3 D1 D4 D5||Be aware of how fundamental techniques in 1) and 2) are applied in practice in two distinct modern operating systems.|
|Operating system concepts (8th edition)||Silberschatz, Abraham and Peter Baer Galvin and Greg Gagne||9780470233993||Wiley||2009||✔|
|Modern operating systems (4th edition)||Tanenbaum, Andrew S.||9781292061429||Pearson||2014||✔|
|Operating system concepts with Java (8th edition)||Silberschatz, Abraham and Peter Baer Galvin and Greg Gagne||9780470398791||Wiley||2010||✔|
|Operating systems: design and implementation (3rd edition)||Tanenbaum, Andrew S. and Albert S. Woodhull||9780135053768||Pearson||2008||✖|
|Operating systems (3rd edition)||Nutt, Gary J.||9780321189554||Pearson||2003||✖|
|Applied operating system concepts (1st edition)||Silberschatz, Abraham and Peter Baer Galvin and Greg Gagne||0471365084||Wiley||1999||✖|
|Operating systems: internals and design principles (6th edition)||Stallings, William||9780136033370||Pearson||2007||✖|
|Operating systems principles||Bic, Lubomir and Alan C. Shaw||0131224557||Prentice-Hall||2003||✖|
Course unit materials
Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.