This page contains the syllabus for Operating Systems for
Fall 2013. "The course syllabus contains important information regarding course requirements and the grading system
utilized. It is the responsibility of the students to read the syllabus and consult the instructor if they have
questions."(from UNC 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog)
CS 440 007 - Operating Systems - 3 credits
Fall 2013 Class meeting time and location: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:25pm - 2:15pm in Ross Hall 2230G (Linux Lab) All class material is accessible through Blackboard.
Required textbook: The required textbook is Operating System Concepts, 9th Edition, by Abraham Silberschatz, Peter B. Galvin, and Greg Gagne. There will be assigned readings to complement the lectures. These readings will come from handouts and/or material in the textbook.
Catalog course description: Study operating systems history, concepts/structure and design; process, processor, memory, file system and input/output management; and representative operating systems.
As a result of successfully completing this course, students will:
Understand the principles of modern operating system design.
Recognize and appreciate the differences among most common operating systems.
Learn scheduling techniques.
Understand memory management.
CS 301 -- Algorithms and Data Structures
Knowledge of C or C++ programming.
This course will cover the following topics:
Week 1 (Aug 26 - Sep 1, 2013): Overview of operating systems
Week 2 (Sep 2 - 8, 2013): OS structures, system calls
Week 6 (Sep 30 - Oct 6, 2013): Wrap-up for Exam 1, Exam 1, Synchronization
Week 7 (Oct 7 - 13, 2013): Synchronization
Week 8 (Oct 14 - 20, 2013): Synchronization
Week 9 (Oct 21 - 27, 2013): CPU scheduling
Week 10 (Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2013): Deadlocks
Week 11 (Nov 4 - 10, 2013): Wrap-up and review for Exam 2, Exam 2
Week 12 (Nov 11 - 17, 2013): Main memory
Week 13 (Nov 18 - 24, 2013): Main memory
Week 14 (Nov 25 - Dec 1, 2013): Main memory
Week 15 (Dec 2 - 8, 2013): Main memory, Wrap-up
Week 16 (Dec 9 - 15, 2013): No class, comprehensive final exam, project due
Detailed course outline: A detailed course outline that includes
readings, assignment and project deadlines, and exam dates is
Grading: Students will earn a grade based on assignments, projects, mid-term exams, and a comprehensive final exam. The grade breakdown is:
Assignments: 20% (five assignments, assigned roughly every third week)
Project: 20% (due on Sunday, December 15, 2013 by 11:59pm - early submission is very highly recommended, late submissions will not be accepted)
Midterm exams: 30% (two exams, held in class on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, and Friday, November 8, 2013)
Comprehensive final exam: 30% (held in class on Friday, December 13, 2013, 1:30pm - 4:00pm)
The grading scale is "no worse than" ("+" or "-" grades MAY be given to marginal performance, but do not expect them):
A = 90% through 100% and above
B = 80% through 89.99%
C = 70% through 79.99%
D = 60% through 69.99%
F = Less than 59.99%
If you must submit work late you need to talk to me at least one-week
before the due date in question. Otherwise, late work cannot be
accepted except in cases of verifiable emergencies.
It is highly recommended that you attend class. I may choose to track
We will be observing all university policies regarding
religious holidays and disability policies. Any student requesting disability accommodation for this class must inform the instructor giving appropriate notice. Students are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services (www.unco.edu/dss) at (970) 351-2289 to certify documentation of disability and to ensure appropriate accommodations are implemented in a timely manner.
Incomplete ("I") grades will only be given in the case of severe hardship
including verifiable medical emergencies or legal troubles. Simply being
"overloaded" and unable to complete your work is not grounds for an "I"
Out of courtesy to other students please make sure that you turn off, or
place in silent mode, your cell phone.
Academic Integrity/Academic Dishonesty: I expect students to be honest
and not cheat on their assignments, project, and exams. Students may work
together on the project with one other person in the class. Both students will earn the same grade. The exams must be completed
without giving or accepting assistance from other students. Any source code
copied from another source must be credited as such. Open source software used
must maintain all headers and other information as required by the open source
license used. I expect you to know the University's policies on student conduct,
academic dishonesty, etc. UNC's policies and recommendations for academic misconduct will be followed. For additional information, please see the Dean of Student's website, Student Handbook link and current catalog.
Every part of this syllabus is subject to adjustment as the semester progresses. Please contact me as soon as
possible if you have particular interest in material that is relevant to the class topic but not covered in enough
detail; I will be happy to accommodate reasonable requests for modifications.