Computing Science Course Outlines

Course Outline - CMPT 300 - Operating Systems I



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2022 Fall (1227)

Operating Systems I

Hazra Imran   

Burnaby Mountain Campus

Calendar Objective/Description

Operating Systems I

Instructor's Objectives

This course will introduce you to modern operating systems. We will explore the field of operating systems, emphasizing basic operating systems concepts and design principles. The course will begin with an overview of the structure of modern operating systems. Over the subsequent weeks, we will discuss the major components of an operating system: processes, scheduling, synchronization, memory management, file system and security. Students will also get hands-on experience via multiple programming exercises. Basic knowledge of C programming and the UNIX/LINUX environment is assumed.




There will be 3-4 assignments, in-class activities or quizzes, one or more midterms, and one final exam. A more detailed marking scheme will be provided in the first class of the semester.

Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).

Recommended Books

  • Operating System Concepts, 10th Edition (Ebook available), Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, Greg Gagne, J. Wiley & Sons, 2018, 9781119439257, (Any other intro O.S. book would probably suffice as well, including previous editions of this book).

Academic Honesty Statement

Academic honesty plays a key role in our efforts to maintain a high standard of academic excellence and integrity. Students are advised that ALL acts of intellectual dishonesty will be handled in accordance with the SFU Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies ( ).

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