CPSC 2800:

Introduction to Operating Systems (Non-IA course)

Course Description

Basic operating system principles, job control languages and operating system internals. The hardware/software interface; file systems; resource management; command languages; segmentation, paging and virtual memory; other virtual resources. Detailed examination of two or more current operating systems, such as Windows, UNIX or Novell NOS. Prerequisite: CPSC 1110 with a minimum grade of C or department head approval. Supplementary course fee assessed.


Silberschatz, A. & Galvin, Peter: Operating System Concepts with Java, 8th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-470-50949-4

Lecuter Notes:

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Operating System Structures

Lecture 3: Processes

Lecture 4: Threads

Lecture 5: CPU Scheduling

Lecture 6: Process Synchronization

Lecture 7: Deadlocks

Lecture 8: Memory Management

Lecture 9: Virtual Memory

Lecture 10: File System

Lecture 11: Mass Storage

Lecture 12: I/O System

Lecture 13: Protection

Lecture 14: Security

Hands-on Labs

Linux Hands-on Labs

1. Install Linux in VMware and Introduction to Linux Essence

2. Developing Linux Application in Java, C and C++

3. Explore Linux file system and file security

4. File processing

5. Advanced File Processing

6. Shell Script Programming

7. Linux Utilities 


1. Process Scheduling Simulation

2. Process-Consumer Simulator 

3. Address Translation Simulator 

4. Concurrent IO Simulator Exercises


Required: Silberschatz, A. & Galvin, Peter: Operating System Concepts with Java, 8th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-470-50949-4.




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Secure Use

General Security Policy: Cyber Ethics

Cyber Ethics 

General Security Policy: Information Technology Security Evaluation Criteria (ITSEC)

ITSEC Definition 

General Procedures: Inference

Inference Definition 

General Procedures: Rainbow Series

Rainbow Series 

General Procedures: NSTISSAM COMPUSEC/1-99 Insider Threat to Government Computer Systems

NSTISS Glossary 

General Countermeasures and Safeguards: Computer Law

Computer Law 

General Countermeasures and Safeguards: Computer Media

Computer Media 

General Countermeasures and Safeguards: Evaluate Security Testing Tools

Security Testing Tools 

Administrative Countermeasures/Safeguards: Control Management

Change Control 
Control Management 

Administrative Countermeasures/Safeguards: Privacy Act

Privacy Act of 1974 

Operations Policies/Procedures: Keystroke Monitoring

Keystroke Monitoring 

Operations Policies/Procedures: Disaster Recovery Planning

Disaster Recovery 


Policy and Procedures: Incident Response

Incident Response 

Policy and Procedures: Witness Interrogation

Witness Interrogation 

Operations Countermeasures/Safeguard: Computer Attacks

Computer Attacks 
Computer Virus Timeline 

Operations Countermeasures/Safeguard: Computer Emergency Readiness Teams



Administrative Policies/Procedures: Approval to Operate

Approval to Operate 

Administrative Policies/Procedures: Configuration/Change Control

Change Control 

Administrative Policies/Procedures: Copyright Protection

Copyright Protection 

Administrative Policies/Procedures: Patch Management

Patch Management 

Administrative Policies/Procedures: Records Management

Records Management

Administrative Policies/Procedures: Wireless Use Policies

Wireless Use Policy 

Anomalies and Integrity

General Risk Management: Computer System Risk Management

Risk Management 

Access Control Safeguards: Computer System Access Control

Access Control 

Access Control Safeguards: Protected Distribution Systems

Protected Distribution System 

Access Control Safeguards: Information Systems Access Restrictions

Access Restrictions 


Access Control Mechanisms: KMI Applications

Key Management 

Access Control Mechanisms: Single Sign-on

Single Sign On 

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