Summer 2020 - CMPT 300 D100

Operating Systems I (3)

Class Number: 3664

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 16, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • 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.


Students taking this course will gain a comprehensive grounding in the area of multiprogrammed operating systems, including an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues and problems in operating system design. 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) 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. All course components (lectures, assignments, and exams) will be in an online format. Students must have access to a computer with internet access, and the ability to remotely access the CSIL labs (instructions on how to do so will be provided). Some components of the course may require real-time participation during the scheduled lecture and/or exam times.


  • 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



There will be assignments and multiple quizzes/exams. All assignments and tests will be in an online format. A more detailed marking scheme will be provided in the first class of the semester. 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).



Reference Books

  • Unix System Programming: a programmers guide to software development, 2nd edition, Keith Haviland, Dina Gray and Ben Salama, Addison-Wesley, 1999, 9780201129199, (For those who have never touched a Unix system)


  • Operating System Concepts, 10th Edition (Ebook available),
  • Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, Greg Gagne,
  • J. Wiley & Sons, 2018, 
  • (Any other intro O.S. book would probably suffice as well, including previous editions of this book)

ISBN: 9781119320913


  • Modern Operating Systems
  • 4th edition
  • Andrew S. Tanenbaum
  • Prentice Hall
  • 2014

ISBN: 9780133591620

  • Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles,
  • 9th Edition,
  • William Stallings,
  • Prentice Hall,
  • 2018,
  •  (also available as an eBook)

ISBN: 9780134670959

Registrar Notes:


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Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.