Operating Systems

Commerce & Business Administration
Computing Studies & Information Systems
Course Code
CSIS 2260
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Lectures: 36, Laboratories: 12
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course introduces the major components of operating systems, such as memory management, processor management, process management and file management. Emphasis will be placed on system performance under different design alternatives. Some popular operating systems, such as Windows, Unix/Linux, and Android may be used to illustrate their implementations. Students are required to work on at least two operating systems. This course is suitable for students who wish to learn more about the operating system process under different system environments, such as mobile, desktop and server environments. This course may involve group work.
Course Content
  • Introduction to computer hardware
  • Computer systems overview
  • Fundamentals of microprocessor architecture and instruction cycle
  • Memory management and virtual memory
  • Processor management
  • Process and thread management
  • Input/Output management and RAID
  • Accessing files and directories
  • System commands and scripting
  • System help facilities and services
  • Problem solving for operating systems
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture, seminar, demonstration, and hands-on exercises in the lab

Means of Assessment

Assignments/labs                15%-30%
Quiz(zes)*                          10%-25%
Midterm Examination*         25%-40%
Final Examination*              25%-40%
Total                                         100%

*** In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, exams).

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify different hardware components within a computer system
  • Identify the system components that are managed by the operating system
  • Describe the major components and functions of operating systems
  • Explain memory management and its performance implications
  • Demonstrate the differences between process and thread
  • Analyze the applications of different RAID levels
  • Demonstrate the performance implications of different file management mechanisms
  • Manage popular operating systems such as Linux/Unix and Windows systems
  • Use systems’ help facilities
  • Perform operating system commands and scripting to execute different computer tasks
  • Manipulate files and directories within the operating system
  • Identify system problems and provide possible solutions
Textbook Materials

Mchoes, A. and Flynn, I. Understanding Operating Systems, Latest Ed, Cengage Learning.


other textbook approved by the CSIS department.



Pre-Calculus 11 (C or better) or Foundations of Math 11 (C or better) or MATU 0410 (C or better) or approved substitute OR currently active in:

PDD Emerging Technology

PBD Computer and Information Systems




Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX CPSC 2XX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Athabasca University (AU) AU COMP 2XX (3) 2014/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BCPT 1XX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN CPSC 1XX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
College of New Caledonia (CNC) No credit 2014/01/01 to -
Columbia College (COLU) COLU CSCI 2nd (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit 2014/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU INFO 1211 (3) 2014/01/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG CSIS 1XXX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) NVIT CMSC 2XX (3) 2014/01/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC COSC 109 (3) 2014/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2014/01/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU COMP 2XXX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) No credit 2014/01/01 to 2014/12/31
University Canada West (UCW) UCW CPSC 2XX (3) 2006/01/01 to 2013/12/31
University Canada West (UCW) UCW CMPT 2XX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO COSC 2nd (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2014/01/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC CPSC 2XX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CIS 2XX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CIS 291 (4) 2014/01/01 to 2018/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC CSC 2XX (1.5) 2014/01/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) No credit 2014/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CSCI 2nd (3) 2014/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.