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Undergraduate course

Introduction to operating Systems

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINF113
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian, except autumn semester 2022 English will be teaching language
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to operating systems. The central focus is on how an operating system, in an efficient or fair way, provides an abstracted interface to the hardware resources for programs.

The course consist of theoretical aspects of operating systems and practical experience in using Linux system, C programming and shell scripting.

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 will:

  • know basic components of an operating system.
  • comprehend how an operating system virtualises CPU and memory
  • discuss various scheduling and swapping policies
  • learn basic concurrent programming in C and assembly code
  • explain how a simple file system organizes data in the hard disk
  • understand how the file system in Linux-based operating systems is structured
  • get to know how an operating system protects the computer system


The student is able to:

  • manipulate Linux terminal
  • implement simple C programs
  • understand simple assembly code

General competence

The student:

  • can explain how an operating system virtualises CPU and memory
  • can discuss what a file system is and is able to use it
  • has basic competence in using Linux system, C programming and shell scripting

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

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 studieveileder@ii.uib.no

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.

Contact Information

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

    14.02.2023, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination result announcement
    Examination system
    Digital exam