Module Title:Operating Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, tutorials on specific & general Operating Systems theories, continuous assessment, final exam.
Module Aim: To give the student some theoretical understanding and practical experience of using single and multi-user operating systems
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Be familiar with the concepts and features of operating systems
LO2 Have an understanding of processes and how a modern operating system schedules and organises them.
LO3 Competency in command line Linux scripting.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
2nd year Software Engineering or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the main concepts of Operating Systems
Historic introduction to Operating Systems and concepts generally contained within lectures.
Operating Systems Design
Monolithic, Layered and Micro-Kernel approaches; System Calls;
Concepts, high and low level schedulers, context switching
Interprocess communication
Semaphores, Message passing, FIFO, Secondary Storage management
Memory Management Strategies
Logical Vs Physical address space, Swapping & on Mobile systems, Partitioned and Virtual memory, Addressing, Paging
File Systems
Linux Operating System
Hierarchical directory structure, understanding of the Command line Interface, Linux Scripting labs
Case Studies
Examination of several well-known Operating Systems including: Single-User (eg. DOS), Multi-User (eg. Unix), mobile Android & IoS Operating Systems.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Application of Linux Scripts for Operating Systems 1,3 15.00 n/a
Examination Written assessment on Operating Systems Structure 1,2 15.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2 70.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_KCSOF_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development 5 Mandatory
CW_KCSOF_D Bachelor of Science in Software Development 5 Mandatory