spring 2024
INF-2201 Operating system fundamentals - 20 ECTS

Type of course

This course may be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Higher Education Entrance Qualification + specific entrance requirements equivalent to MATRS: R1/(S1+S2). Application code: 9354 - Singular course in computer science

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

D-240 Operating systems 15 ects

Course content

The course provides a thorough introduction to operating systems. Topics include threads and processes, process coordination and synchronization, physical and virtual storage organization, interrupt handling, peripheral devices, and file systems. The exercises include both analysis of abstractions, and their design and implementation.

Through a set of projects, a gradually more advanced operating system is designed and implemented. Each project results in a system able to boot and execute on a single computer.

Recommended prerequisites

INF-1101 Data structures and algorithms, INF-2200 Computer architecture and organization

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student has:

  • understanding of fundamental operating system abstractions
  • understanding of how to design operating system abstractions
  • understanding of how to implement operating system abstractions

Skills - The student can:

  • develop and describe a design of a software abstraction
  • develop and describe the code for a running prototype implementing of the design
  • use software development and management tools

General competence - The student has:

  • experience with where and how to find the information needed for the design and implementation
  • experience with applying tools aiding in developing a working system
  • an understanding of the division of labor between hardware and software

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English, and all syllabus material is in English.

The oral exam will be conducted in English.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 60 hours, Colloquium: 60 hours, Laboratory: 60 hours. The course is given every spring semester.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students.

This course has recommended academic prerequisites. Please see the «Prerequisite» section for more information.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT



Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
Oral exam 03.06.2024–07.06.2024 60 Minutes A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Practical programming projects with accompanying oral design reviews Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Six mandatory projects with accompanying oral design reviews. Students will work in groups of two.

More info about the oral exam

The examination is done per group. Each examination will last up to 60 minutes. The oral exam will be conducted in English.

Re-sit examination

A re-sit examination will not be given for this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 20
  • Course code: INF-2201
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