School of Computer Science

Module 06-26953 (2018)

Operating Systems

Level 3/H

Eike Ritter Semester 1 20 credits
Co-ordinator: Eike Ritter
Reviewer: Robert Hendley

The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page.


This module gives a practical insight into modern operating system, reinforcing the theory (eg architecture, scheduling, memory management, synchronisation) through practical exercises (eg building suitable kernel modules).


The aims of this module are to:

  • Describe the role of an operating system.
  • Show how resource management is done in an OS.
  • Explore, through theory and practical exercises, techniques of memory management, scheduling, synchronisation, inter-process communication, file systems and hardware I/O.
  • Explore trends in virtualisation, emulation and the increasing use of sophisticated OS in mobile systems.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  1. describe the role of an OS and understand prevalent OS architectures
  2. describe suitable strategies for process management for given scenarios
  3. comprehend and write kernel-level code
  4. devise appropriate security mechanisms in a given situation and demonstrate an understanding of the role an operating system can and should play in establishing security


  • Note 1 Students on Joint Honours programmes with Arts subjects should note that good programming skills are required to take this module.


Taught with

  • 06-26952 - Operating Systems (Extended)

Teaching methods

3 hours of lectures per week, 2 hours of lab work per week

Contact Hours:



Sessional: 1.5 hr Examination (80%) Continuous Assessment (20%)

Supplementary (where allowed): 1.5 hr Examination (100%)

Detailed Syllabus

  1. Role of an operating system
  2. Processes
  3. Scheduling
  4. Memory Management
  5. File Systems
  6. Linux Kernel Programming

Programmes containing this module