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Course module: 202200166
Operating Systems
Course info
Course module202200166
Credits (ECTS)6
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact A.L. Varbanescu
PreviousNext 5
Examiner N. Alachiotis
N. Bouali
Lecturer A.B.J. Kokkeler
ir. E. Molenkamp
dr. D.K. Sarmah
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksM5 TCS students register in Osiris; others contact Minor students: register for the minor!
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • Understand the major mechanisms of current general-purpose operating systems exemplified by Linux.
  • Appreciate the design space and trade-offs involved in implementing an operating system.
  • Be capable of basic system-oriented programming and providing simple extensions to an operating system.
  • Understand the exploitation of vulnerabilities and privilege escalation
Project for CS students:
  • Integrate the knowledge and skills that are taught in the CAO and OS parts.
The module Computer Systems is part of the second year of both the EE- and CS- bachelor program. It addresses the basics of computer systems (organization and architecture) and offers a specialization into digital hardware design for EE bachelors and operating systems for CS bachelors. In the project for CS students, which is mainly dealt with in the last two weeks of the module, CS-students cooperate to design and realize a system integrating all subjects of the first 8 weeks. Within the CS curriculum, the following topics are included as Cross Cutting Concerns: academic skills, system development, concurrency and security. All these topics are covered within the module Computer Systems as well. Besides that, 1 EC is reserved for the subject “ICT and Law".
Operating Systems (OS)
An operating system is a resource manager; it basically ensures that all users get their fair share of the resources. The focus is on generic operating system concepts with illustrative examples from Linux wherever appropriate. Topics covered include the structure of the operating system, processes and threads, concurrency, deadlock and starvation, memory management, I/O management and file systems, access control, threats, protection and security. Students will be using mainly C and some Java.
In the Module CS project, students learn various techniques from different disciplines that are needed to design, implement and test a (prototype of) a combined hardware-software system. To be able to design, implement and test a combined hardware-software system, knowledge and skills concerning Computer Architecture and Organization (CAO), Operating Systems (OS), and basic mathematics are necessary. 
Assumed previous knowledge
(additional) requirement(s) for minor students: Maths A level or equivalent and basic programming skills
Module 5
Participating study
Bachelor Technical Computer Science
Required materials
All: Computer Architecture and Organization; An Integrated Approach; Miles J. Murdocca and Vincent P. Heuring; ISBN 978-0-471-73388-1
Course material
EE: Calculus, a complete course, Robert A Adams, 8th Edition, ISBN: 9780321781079
Course material
TCS: Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics and its Applications” (5e druk) van Ralph P. Grimaldi ISBN 0-321-21103-0 (paperback), 0-201-72634-3 (hardcover).
Course material
TCS: Scintilla - Breadboard (small), - Breadboard Jumper kit (pins on one side, sockets on the other side), - Led 5mm, - LDR (light dependent resistor), - Resistor 330 ohms through hole, - Resistor 1Kohms, - Capacitor 10uF
Course material
TCS: IAPC Shop - Raspberry Pi model 3 or 4 (4 is recommended) - Pi Housing - Power supply with USB type C cable - Ethernet cable and network card - MicroSD card (>= 8GB) and SD card reader
Recommended materials
Course material
TCS: Operating Systems, Internals and Design Principles Edition 8 or 9, William Stallings, ISBN 978-0-13-380591-8
Instructional modes


Live & pre-recorded

Project supervised

Self study with assistance

Self study without assistance


Online & Hybrid (in the University and online)
Operating Systems

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