CSCI13341-02 Operating Systems
Course Syllabus

Spring 2017


Name:              Dr.  Yao
Office:             Atkinson Hall 317
Telephone:      (478) 445-5483
Office Hours:  8:25a.m.-9:25a.m., 10:50a.m.-12:20p.m. on Tu. and Th. or by appointments


LAB: A&S143

Operating Systems Internals and Design Principles- 7th edition, by William Stallings (ISBN-13: 978-0132309981)

PREREQUISITE: C or higher in CSCI 3410 – Introduction to Data Structures


A part of the thorough grounding in key principles and practices of computing is an in depth experience with the principles and designs of modern operating systems, from the operating system designer perspective.  This course provides an introduction and foundation for achieving this objective


·         Students will demonstrate proficiency and mastery in basic principles, structure, and functions of operating systems and designs of modern operating systems

·         Students will be able to develop basic operating system components, such as process synchronization, processor scheduling, memory management, deadlocks handling, storage management, and security.


·         Outcome 1: An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems.

·         Outcome 2: An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems.

·         Outcome 4: An understanding of security issues.



·         Outcome (b): An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution

·         Outcome (c): An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs

·         Outcome (e): An understanding of …, security… issues

·         Outcome (h): Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

·         Outcome (i): An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

·         Outcome (k): An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

                                                Percentage       Date
            Exam I                        25%                 Feb. 14, 2017 (Tu)
            Exam II                       25%                 March 28, 2017 (Tu)
            Final Exam                  25%                 May 3, 2017 (3:30P.M.-5:45P.M., Wed)
            Projects                       25%

         Total                               100%

      Grade              Percentage
        A                90% and up
        B                80% - 89.99%
        C                70% - 79.99%
        D                60% - 69.99%
        F                59.99% or less


·         You are expected to read the textbook prior to and after each class.

·         Class and lab participation is essential in learning computer technology.  It is your responsibility to attend the class/lab in order to achieve good learning, therefore obtain a good grade. 

·         You must NOT miss an exam unless you have a verifiable written excuse.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a numerical grade of zero for that exam.

·         The homework material will be included in the exams.  Therefore, doing the homework assignments by yourselves is essential in obtaining a good score in an exam.

·         All homework assignments are teamwork.  You must form a team of 2-3 people for your assignments.

·         Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day after the assignment due date.

·         Your overall grades are updated on a regular basis on GeorgiaView/D2L throughout the semester.


The integrity of students is a critical component of the academic process.  All written work submitted in this course must be individual work unless the instructor assigns a team of students to work on an assignment. Students must properly document all outside sources used for projects, programs, and homework. The submission of another’s work as one’s own is plagiarism, and will be dealt with using the procedures outlined on the Undergraduate Catalog.

Week One                   Chapter 1 – Computer System Overview
Week Two                  Chapter 2 – Operating System Overview
Week Three                Chapter 3 – Processes 

Week Four                  Chapter 3 – Processes 

Week Five                   Chapter 4 – Threads 

Week Six                    Chapter 5 – Concurrency: Mutual Exclusion and Synchronization

Week Seven                Chapter 6 – Concurrency: Deadlock and Starvation

Week Eight                 Chapter 7 – Memory Management
Week Nine                  Chapter 7 – Memory Management, Virtual Memory

Week Ten                    Chapter 8 – Virtual Memory

Week Eleven               Chapter 9 – Uniprocessor Scheduling

Week Twelve              Chapter 9 – Uniprocessor Scheduling

Week Thirteen            Chapter 11 – I/O Management and Disk Scheduling

Week Fourteen            Chapter 12 – File Systems

Week Fifteen              Chapter 14 – Computer Security Threats 

Week Sixteen              Chapter 15 – Computer Security Techniques 

Week Seventeen         Review


·         Last Day of Classes: May 1, 2017

·         Martin Luther King Day: Jan. 16, 2017

·         Spring Break: March 20-24, 2017

·         March 6, 2017 (5 P.M.) is the last day to drop without academic penalty (Unless if maximum number of dropped courses has been exceeded) .   


The intellectual property of class assignments and other materials developed using university resources that are commercialized are reviewed under the USG and GC policies to determine ownership and/or payment rights. USG policies can be found at and GC policies can be found at


If you have a disability as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, you may be eligible to receive accommodations to assist in programmatic and physical accessibility. Disability Services, a unit of the GCSU Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, can assist you in formulating a reasonable accommodation plan and in providing support in developing appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to all GCSU programs and facilities. Course requirements will not be waived, but accommodations may assist you in meeting the requirements. For documentation requirements and for additional information, we recommend that you contact Disability Services located in Maxwell Student Union at 478-445-5931 or 478-445-4233.


Given the technological sophistication of Georgia College students, the student opinion survey is being delivered through an online process. Your constructive feedback plays an indispensable role in shaping quality education at Georgia College. All responses are completely confidential and your name is not stored with your responses in any way. In addition, instructors will not see any results of the opinion survey until after final grades are submitted to the University. An invitation to complete the online opinion survey is distributed to students near the end of the semester. Your participation in this very important process is greatly appreciated.


Fire drills will be conducted annually. In the event of a fire alarm, students will exit the building in a quick and orderly manner through the nearest hallway exit. Learn the floor plan and exits of the building. Do not use elevators. If you encounter heavy smoke, crawl on the floor so as to gain fresh air. Assist disabled persons and others if possible without endangering your own life. Assemble for a head count on the front lawn of main campus or other designated assembly area.


Students are permitted to miss class in observance of religious holidays and other activities observed by a religious group of which the student is a member without academic penalty. Exercising of one’s rights under this policy is subject to the GC Honor Code. Students who miss class in observance of a religious holiday or event are required to make up the coursework missed as a result from the absence. The nature of the make-up assignments and the deadline for completion of such assignments are at the sole discretion of the instructor. Providing verifiable proof of the religious affiliation and activities are at the sole discretion of the instructor as well.  Failure to follow the prescribed procedures voids all student rights under this policy.