Level of Study
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.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- 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
- Can proficiently operate different types of operating systems
- Can automate tasks using shell scripting
- Can read simple assembly code
- 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
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
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact Student adviser
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.
T: 55 58 42 00
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