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COMP2211 Operating Systems

10 creditsClass Size: 500

Module manager: Dr Samuel Wilson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


COMP1212Computer Processors

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Computer systems have finite resources which need to be managed with care in order to provide the intended service. Operating systems are part of the mechanism used to manage computer resources such as memory and central processing time. In addition to managing resources operating systems also manage a number of security considerations including separation of running processes and file system permissions. This module focuses on the purpose of operating systems and their architectures.


This module introduces the keys concepts of operating systems and their role in computer systems.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:

- compare operating system design decisions and associate those decisions with performance characteristics.
- describe how operating systems manage computer resources.
- evaluate the security mechanisms built into modern operating systems.
- articulate the purpose and role of operating systems in computer systems.


This module covers the following 3 topic areas:

- Resource management : memory management, scheduling, access control mechanisms, processes, threads and context switching.
- Virtualization : virtualization trade-offs and hypervisors
- Architecture : operating system design and trade-offs, monolithic kernels, microkernels and inter-process communication.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework and labs.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentLab Exercise Topic 120.00
In-course AssessmentLab Exercise Topic 220.00
In-course AssessmentLab Exercise Topic 320.00
In-course AssessmentLab Exercise Topic 420.00
In-course AssessmentLab Exercise Stretch20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

There will be 4 coursework's next year, each worth 25%. The topics will be as follows. • Coursework 1: User/OS interaction • Coursework 2: Memory management • Coursework 3: Scheduling • Coursework 4: Research report on modern OSs

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/07/2021 09:46:52


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