Fall 2021 - CMPT 300 D200

Operating Systems I (3)

Class Number: 4472

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 225 and (CMPT 295 or (ENSC 251 and ENSC 252)), all with a minimum grade of C-.



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.


Operating systems, being a fundamental part of any computer system, provide an environment in which users can execute their programs on the underlying computer hardware. This course explores the field of operating systems with an emphasis on basic operating systems concepts and design principles. We will cover fundamentals of operating systems such as processes, scheduling, synchronization, multiprogramming, memory management, file system. Students will also get a hands-on experience via multiple programming exercises. Basic knowledge of C and C++ programming and the UNIX environment is assumed.



  • Operating System Structures
  • Processes and Threads
  • CPU Scheduling and Process Coordination
  • Memory Management
  • File Systems
  • I/O Systems



assignments 25%, quizzes (during class) 40%, final 35% details will be discussed in the first class, and posted on canvas

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

  • Modern Operating Systems, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Prentice Hall, 2015, 9780133591620


  • 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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.