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051021 VO Operating Systems (2021S)


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Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The first lecture will be on March 05 (online, please see the Moodle)

The whole VO will be held online. There is no mandatory attendance. Alle lectures will be recorded and made available in Moodle.

On May 14th and June 11th, the VO starts at 14:15, as UE tests are carried out there from 13:15 to 14:00.

Friday 05.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 19.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 26.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 16.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 23.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 30.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 07.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 14.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 21.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 28.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 04.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 11.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 18.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Goal of this lecture is to understand and be able to apply the most important concepts of modern operating systems.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam at the end of the course, multiple choice and free text.
>88%: Very good (1)
87-­‐75%: Good (2)
74-­‐63%: Satisfactory (3)
62-­‐50%: Sufficient (4)
< 50%: Not sufficient (5)

It will be possible to obtain bonus points (at most 10%) via a project. Details will be provided in the lecture.
- the final number of points will be calculated by adding bonus and exam points (e.g., 10%+41%=51%, 6%+60%=66% etc.)
- 100% of the grade can also be reached without bonus points, via the exam
- Bonus points from the VO from last year can be used alternatively

The test will be conducted via Moodle (online) and will contain multiple-choice questions and free text questions. The duration of the exam will be 90 minutes. The questions will be in both English and German, and you can answer in both English and German.

The multiple-choice part (1/3 of the points) consists of true / false questions which result in plus points if answered positively, minus points if answered negatively, and no points if not answered. However, the entire multiple-choice part cannot result in less than 0 points.

You may use any material that was provided/referenced by us and your own notes. However, any material that you copy over directly (i.e., not using your own words) during the exam must be referenced. If you prepare your own material, you must use your own words, as the exam will be checked by Turnitin.

Please also check https://studienpraeses.univie.ac.at/infos-zum-studienrecht/pruefungen/digitales-pruefen/

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Study of computer science or media informatics

In accordance with the guidelines of the University of Vienna this course will be held in English. Therefore, knowledge at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is recommended.

Examination topics

Slides of the lecture and Chapters 1-17 of Abraham Silberschatz, Peter B. Galvin, Greg Gagne, Operating System Concepts (English) 10th edition, 2018/19. Only those parts will be required that are mentioned and explained in the lecture. Moreover, selected extra material, which will be provided in the Moodle.

The exam questions will be in both languages (German and English) and can also be answered in both languages.

Reading list

Abraham Silberschatz, Peter B. Galvin, Greg Gagne, Operating System Concepts (Englisch) 10th edition, 2018 (2019 global)

The main material will be provided on Moodle and it is not necessary to buy the book. Much of the material also overlaps with the 9th edition.

As an additional book (available free of charge) we recommend Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau and Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces, available at http://www.ostep.org/

Association in the course directory

Module: OS WW

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