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CSC 464 : Syllabus


Operating System Concepts, 7th Edition, A. Silberschatz, P. Galvin, and G. Gagne, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2005


  • Operating Systems, 3rd Edition, Gary Nutt, Pearson/Addison Wesley, 2004.
  • Operating Systems, 5th Edition, William Stallings, Pearson/ Prentice Hall, 2005
  • Handouts from the instructor

Credit: 3 Hour

Additional Material(s) Needed: None

Course Description: Topics include the history and evolution of operating systems, the concepts behind and structure of various operating systems, process scheduling, interprocess communication, input and output, multiprogramming, memory management, and file systems. Concepts of distributed operating systems are introduced.

Prerequisites: CSC 260 Computer Programming II, CSC292 Unix and C Programming

Evaluation: Grades Assigned:
Test 1 15%
A : 90 - 100
Test 2   20 %
B+: 86 - 89
Quizzes   15%
B : 80 - 85
Final 15%
C+: 76 - 79
Assignments/Labs 35%
C : 70 - 75
C-: 63 - 69
D : 51 - 62
F : 50 and below

Attendance Policy:The University expects students to attend all classes. While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for be absent from class such as representing the University in activities, illnesses, or personal emergencies. If the student is absent when a quiz or test is given, you must see the instructor and make arrangements before the next class meeting. Make-up quizzes are not given because of the exam / quiz replacement grade policy.

Additional Information for the Student:

  • Final - A student may be exempted from the final exam, if the student has earned a grade of a B or better in the course and has not missed more than three quizzes.
  • Quizzes - Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of the class. Quizzes can not be made-up due to absences or arriving at class late
  • I Grade - No incomplete grades will be given except for illness or other tragic circumstances. In either case, proof of the circumstance must be provided
  • Late Assignments - All assignments are expected at the due date. Each student has two late passes. After these are used, assignments and labs that are not turned in on time will be penalized a letter grade for each day that they are late, weekends included. Late passes can not be applied to the project
  • Make-up Exams - It is the responsibility of the student to arrange a make-up exam. The student must provide an official university excuse.
  • Class Participation - Class participation is not averaged into your grade. However, it will be used to determine borderline grades.
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