Operating Systems

                          CSCI:487:S1     Fall, 2017



      Instructor: Kenneth Brakke

      Office: SI 009

      Office phone: 4466

      Office hours: 1:00 - 3:00 MWF,  1:00-3:00 TTh officially.
            I am usually in my office 8:30-5:30 daily, except for
            my other classes (3:00-4:05 MWF and 10:00-11:35 TTh).
            You may also make an appointment.

      Text: Operating System Concepts, 9th edition, by Silberschatz,
             Galvin, and Gagne.  ISBN 978-1-118-06333-0.


      Grading:     Assignments    30%
                   Midterm:       30%
                   Final exam:    40%


      Course goals:

        To study the general principles of computer operating 
        systems.  This includes process management, file systems,
        scheduling, user interface, memory management, etc.
        Hands-on experience will include programming assignments
        making modifications to the Linux kernel.


      Class attendence policy: Be there.  The Student Handbook states
        that one week's equivalence of absences is grounds for an F.
        I will note absences, and anybody that has what I regard as
        excessive absences will have their grade lowered as I see fit.


      Cheating and plagiarism: Don't.  Studying together to understand
        the material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your
        own.  See the Student Handbook for the dire consequences of
        cheating or plagiarism.

      Final exam: there will be a comprehensive final exam held in the
         official final exam period for this course, Monday, December 11,
         from 8:00 to 10:00 am. Tell your family not to plan family
         vacations, weddings, rides home etc. until after finals.
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