2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
COMP2211 Operating Systems
10 creditsClass Size: 500
Module manager: Dr Samuel Wilson
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryComputer 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.
ObjectivesThis module introduces the keys concepts of operating systems and their role in computer systems.
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.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||75.00|
|Total Contact hours||25.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackCoursework and labs.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Coursework 1||25.00|
|In-course Assessment||Coursework 2||25.00|
|In-course Assessment||Coursework 3||25.00|
|In-course Assessment||Coursework 4||25.00|
|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 listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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