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CSC2404 Operating Systems

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or CSC2408 or have experience using Linux systems or students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT


An operating system is the most fundamental software in computer systems. It not only serves as a resource manager for various kinds of resources such as the central processing unit, memory and disks, but also extends the functionality of the bare computer hardware to support application softwares such as compilers, database systems, window systems and networking. This course covers the design and implementation of all the major components of operating systems. It bridges the knowledge gap between computer architecture and all other software systems and prepares students for further courses on computer systems such as computer networks and distributed systems.

This course covers the design and implementation of computer operating systems. The major components of operating systems: process management, memory management and file systems are covered in detail. This course uses the C programming language and the Linux Operating System to explore the major components of operating systems. Skills gained through this course will be readily transferable to other operating systems (including Windows and OSX) and programming languages.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 4 October 2023