Introduction to operating Systems

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to operating systems. The central focus is on how an operating system, in an efficient or fair way, provides an abstracted interface to the hardware resources for programs.

The course consist of theoretical aspects of operating systems and practical experience in using Linux system, C programming and shell scripting.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student will:

  • know basic components of an operating system.
  • comprehend how an operating system virtualises CPU and memory
  • discuss various scheduling and swapping policies
  • learn basic concurrent programming in C and assembly code
  • explain how a simple file system organizes data in the hard disk
  • understand how the file system in Linux-based operating systems is structured
  • get to know how an operating system protects the computer system 


The student is able to:

  • manipulate Linux terminal
  • implement simple C programs
  • understand simple assembly code 

General competence

The student:

  • can explain how an operating system virtualises CPU and memory
  • can discuss what a file system is and is able to use it
  • has basic competence in using Linux system, C programming and shell scripting

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
DAT103 (HVL): 10 stp
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods
Four hours of lectures and one workshop per week.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory exercises.

The compulsory exercises have to be passed and are then valid for two semesters, including the semester in which they are approved.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

  • Written examination or Digital written examination (3 hours)
  • Compulsory exercises may count towards the final grade


Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact Student adviser
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.