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Operating Systems

Course Code: CSIS 2260
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

course prerequisites

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

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.