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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Introduction to Operating Systems
Module Code CA170
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mark Humphrys
Semester 2: Mark Humphrys
Autumn: Mark Humphrys
Module TeachersMark Humphrys
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
System administration skills and scripts

This modules aims to introduce students to:Operating systems history and changing rolesOperating systems types and designsOperating systems management and system administration

Learning Outcomes

1. Interpret an operating system as a resource manager
2. Interpret an operating system as an extended machine
3. Relate the operating system to users, applications and hardware
4. Describe the major functional requirements of an operating system
5. Compare and classify operating system types
6. Explain how and why host capabilities influence operating system design
7. Discuss the merits of virtualisation and virtual machines
8. Demonstrate basic system administration skills
9. Write script to automate basic system administration skills

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Laboratory24No Description
Independent Study65No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

- Operating systems history
vacuum tubes, batch systems, multiprogramming and PC's- The operating system as a resource manager and as an extended machine- Operating systems concepts including: process management, scheduling, memory management and addres

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Digital ProjectSystem administration skills and scripts100%Every Second Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Tanenbaum, A.: 0, Modern Operating Systems, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 9780138134594
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
COMSCIBSc in Computer Science
Date of Last Revision28-NOV-08

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