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Undergraduate course

Introduction to operating Systems

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINF113
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian, except autumn semester 2021 English will be teaching language
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Objectives: The course gives an introduction to computers and operating systems. The central focus is on how the operating system provides an abstracted interface to the hardware for programs.

An important part of the course consists of practical experience in shell scripting and basic skills programming in assembly.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student:

  • Has an overview of the core components and structure of the hardware of computer systems
  • Knows how the operating system provides an abstracted interface to the hardware for programs to use
  • Has an overview of different types of operating systems
  • Has an overview of how the file system in Linux-based operating systems is structured
  • Know basic assembly instructions
  • Knows how processes in an operating system communicate


The student:

  • Can proficiently operate different types of operating systems
  • Can automate tasks using shell scripting
  • Can read simple assembly code

General competence:

The student:

  • Can discuss how computer systems work at the layer of hardware, operating systems, and software
  • Can apply the knowledge and skills of computers and operating systemes in various application domains

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

DAT103 (HVL): 10 stp

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

Four hours of lectures and one workshop per week.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory exercises.

The compulsory exercises have to be passed and are then valid for two semesters, including the semester in which they are approved.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

  • Written examination or Digital written examination (3 hours)
  • Compulsory exercises may count towards the final grade

The following changes is made to assessment autumn semester 2021.

  • Written home examination instead of written examination on campus

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact Student adviser

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.


Student adviser:

Student adviser

T: 55 58 42 00

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    10.12.2021, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Additional information
    Hausten 2021 er det følgande endringar i vurdering i emnet: Skriftleg digital skuleeksamen heime i staden for skriftleg skuleeksamen på campus.
    Examination system
    Digital exam