Course syllabus

Operating Systems

EDAF35, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2019/20
Decided by: PLED C/D
Date of Decision: 2019-04-01

General Information

Elective for: C4-sec, D4-is, E4-pv, F4, Pi4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The purpose of the course is that the students shall understand how operating systems are implemented, which is an important part of understanding computer systems. More specific, a goal with the course is that, when they have graduated as engineers, with special knowledge gained in this course, will be able to work on the Linux kernel.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must




History. The design of operating systems. CPU scheduling. Memory management. Virtual memory. Secondary memories and file systems. Distributed systems. Protection and security. Examples of different kinds of operating systems, with focus on Linux. Practical experience from software development on the operating system level. Project work, which varies from year to year.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: To qualify for the written examination, students must have completed the compulsory laboratory and project work. The final grade is based on the result of the written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0115. Name: Written Examination in Operating Systems.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. To qualify for the written exam, the laboratory and project work must have been completed. The final grade of the course is based on the result of the written exam.
Code: 0215. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For a passing grade the laboratory work must be completed.
Code: 0315. Name: Project.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For a passing grade the project work must be completed.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: Course contents are easier to understand with knowledge from Computer Architecture (EITF20 or similar) and Concurrent Programming (EDAF55, EDAF85).
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: EDA055, EDA050, EDAF01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Flavius Gruian,
Course homepage:
Further information: The exercises serve as preparation for laboratory work. The topic of the project task can vary from year to year. The current topic is announced at the course web page.