Fall 2019 - CMPT 300 D100

Operating Systems I (3)

Class Number: 8906

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    Tue, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 225 and (MACM 101 or (ENSC 251 and ENSC 252)).



This course aims to give the student an understanding of what a modern operating system is, and the services it provides. It also discusses some basic issues in operating systems and provides solutions. Topics include multiprogramming, process management, memory management, and file systems.


This course presents the fundamentals of operating system (OS) function and design. Modern multi-programmed operating systems are sophisticated pieces of software. They provide a set of services essential to the operation of modern computers. The OS shares a finite set of resources and services, each of which can typically be used by only one process at a time, between many concurrent processes. In this course, the student will gain an understanding of the needs of computing processes, the services offered by the OS to meet these needs, and how the services are shared between concurrent processes. Lectures will focus on the principles and problems of OS design and will be supplemented by independent reading. Programming exercises (in C and/or C++) will require the student to implement programs illustrating the principles used in OS design. Basic knowledge of C programming and the UNIX environment is assumed.


  • History, Evolution, and Philosophies
  • The User's View of Operating System Services
  • Tasking and Processes
  • Interprocess Communication, Concurrency Control and Resource Allocation
  • Scheduling and Dispatch
  • Physical and Virtual Memory Organization
  • File Systems
  • Security and Protection



To be discussed the first week of classes

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).



  • Unix System Programming: A Programmers Guide to Software Development, 2nd edition, Keith Haviland, Dina Gray and Ben Salama, Addison-Wesley, 1999,9780201877588, (For those who have never touched a Unix system)
  • Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles, William Stalling, Pearson Edu., 9th Edition, 2017, 9780134670959
  • Modern Operating Systems, 4th Edition, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Prentice Hall, 2014, 9780133591620


Operating System Concepts
10th Edition
Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, Greg Gagne
J. Wiley & Sons
Ebook available
ISBN: 9781119320913

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