Course Details

ELE 464 Operating Systems
2017-2018 Spring term information

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Section: 21
Supervisor(s):Dr. Derya Altunay
E6Monday13:00 - 15:45
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Last updated by Dr. Derya Altunay on February 6, 2018.

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Course Name Code Semester Theory
Credit ECTS
OPERATING SYSTEMS ELE464 8th Semester 3 0 3 6
Prerequisite(s)ELE336 Microprocessor Architecture and Programming
Course languageEnglish
Course typeElective 
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-Face 
Learning and teaching strategiesLecture
Question and Answer
Problem Solving
Instructor (s)Faculty members 
Course objectiveOperating system is a crucial part of a computer system. The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to fundamental concepts and principles of computer operating systems. This course aims to provide students with knowledge on the internal structure and components of operating systems, resource management performed by operating systems, services delivered by operating systems, and real-time operating system issues.  
Learning outcomes
  1. A student who completes the course successfully will
  2. L.O.1. Know the objectives and functions of operating systems
  3. L.O.2. Describe the logical structure of an operating system
  4. L.O.3. Identify the facilities provided by an operating system
  5. L.O.4. Know how operating systems perform the management of diverse computer resources
  6. L.O.5. Know about recent real-time operating system issues
Course ContentOperating System Principles, Processes and Threads, Memory Management, File Systems, Input/Output System, Deadlocks, Multimedia Operating Systems, Multiple Processor Systems, Security. 
ReferencesTanenbaum A.S., Modern Operating Systems, 3/e, Prentice Hall, 2008.
William S., Operating Systems, Internals and Design Principles, 7/e, Prentice Hall, 2012.
Silberschatz, A., Galvin, P.B., and Gagne, G., Operating System Concepts, 8/e, John Wiley, 2011.
Haldar S., Aravind A., Operating Systems, 1/e, Prentice Hall, 2010.

Course outline weekly

Week 1History of OS, computer hardware review, OS types, OS concepts, system calls, OS structure
Week 2Processes and Threads: Processes, threads
Week 3Processes and Threads: Inter-process communication, scheduling
Week 4Memory Management: Memory management, address spaces, virtual memory
Week 5Memory Management: Page replacement algorithms, segmentation.
Week 6File Systems: Files, directories, file system implementation, file system management and optimization.
Week 7Input/Output: Principles of I/O hardware and I/O software, I/O software layers
Week 8Input/Output: Disks, clocks, user interfaces, thin clients, power management
Week 9Deadlocks: Deadlock detection and recovery, deadlock avoidance, deadlock prevention
Week 10Midterm Exam
Week 11Multimedia OS: Multimedia files, video and audio compression, multimedia process scheduling, multimedia file system paradigms, file placement, disk scheduling
Week 12Multiple Processor Systems: Multiprocessors, multicomputers
Week 13Multiple Processor Systems: Virtualization, distributed systems
Week 14Security: The security environment, basics of cryptography, protection mechanisms, authentication, insider attacks, malware, defenses
Week 15Final exam preparation
Week 16Final exam

Assesment methods

Course activitiesNumberPercentage
Field activities00
Specific practical training00
Final exam150
Percentage of semester activities contributing grade succes050
Percentage of final exam contributing grade succes050

Workload and ECTS calculation

Activities Number Duration (hour) Total Work Load
Course Duration (x14) 14 3 42
Laboratory 0 0 0
Specific practical training000
Field activities000
Study Hours Out of Class (Preliminary work, reinforcement, ect)14456
Presentation / Seminar Preparation000
Homework assignment6424
Midterms (Study duration)12424
Final Exam (Study duration) 13434
Total Workload3669180

Matrix Of The Course Learning Outcomes Versus Program Outcomes

D.9. Key Learning OutcomesContrubition level*
1. PO1. Possesses the theoretical and practical knowledge required in Electrical and Electronics Engineering discipline.     X
2. PO2. Utilizes his/her theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of mathematics, science and electrical and electronics engineering towards finding engineering solutions.   X 
3. PO3. Determines and defines a problem in electrical and electronics engineering, then models and solves it by applying the appropriate analytical or numerical methods.   X  
4. PO4. Designs a system under realistic constraints using modern methods and tools. X   
5. PO5. Designs and performs an experiment, analyzes and interprets the results.X    
6. PO6. Possesses the necessary qualifications to carry out interdisciplinary work either individually or as a team member.  X   
7. PO7. Accesses information, performs literature search, uses databases and other knowledge sources, follows developments in science and technology. X   
8. PO8. Performs project planning and time management, plans his/her career development. X   
9. PO9. Possesses an advanced level of expertise in computer hardware and software, is proficient in using information and communication technologies.    X
10. PO10. Is competent in oral or written communication; has advanced command of English.   X 
11. PO11. Has an awareness of his/her professional, ethical and social responsibilities. X   
12. PO12. Has an awareness of the universal impacts and social consequences of engineering solutions and applications; is well-informed about modern-day problems. X   
13. PO13. Is innovative and inquisitive; has a high level of professional self-esteem. X   

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

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