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CS 240 — System Software and Computer Communication
(dt. Systemsoftware und Rechnerkommunikation)

Level, degree of commitment Basic module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Written examination
Examination type: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Computer Science.
Origin B.Sc. Computer Science
One semester,
each summer semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Bernd Freisleben


  • Basics of system software: tasks, processes, resource management, synchronization, deadlocks, memory management, file systems, input/output, virtualization, Unix introduction
  • Basics of computer communications: Protocols: ISO-OSI, TCP/IP. Data transfer: twisted pair, coax, fiber, bit encodings, modulation techniques, MODEMs, ISDN; networks: LANs, WANs, GANs, MANs, Ethernet, Token Ring, Bridges, Router, FDDI, ATM
  • Internet: TCP/UDP/IP protocols, Internet addresses, routing, DNS, ARP, FTP, e-mail, HTTP, WWW

Qualification Goals

  • Basic knowledge of the concepts of system software,
  • Dealing with Unix operating system commands,
  • Knowledge of the methods of computer communications,
  • Knowledge of the concepts of the Internet,
  • Practice of scientific working methods (recognition, formulation, solving problems, training of abstraction skills),
  • Training of oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion.




The module can be attended at FB12 in study program(s)

  • B.Sc. Data Science
  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • B.Sc. Mathematics
  • B.Sc. Business Informatics
  • B.Sc. Business Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • LAaG Computer Science

When studying B.Sc. Computer Science, this module must be completed in the study area Basic Modules in Computer Science.

The module can also be used in other study programs (export module).

Recommended Reading

  • W. Stallings: Operating Systems, Pearson, 2011; A.S. Tanenbaum: Modern Operating Systems, Prentice Hall, 2008; J. Kurose, K. Ross: Computernetze, Pearson 2014; A.S. Tanenbaum: Computer-netzwerke, Pearson 2003; F. Halsall: Data Communications, Computer Networks and Open Systems, Addison-Wesley 1998; Schreiner, Rüdiger: Computernetzwerke, Hanser 2009; Lienemann, G., Larisch, D., TCP/IP - Grundlagen und Praxis, Heise 2010.

Please note:

This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Summer semester 2018. Most rules valid for a module are not covered by the examination regulations and can therefore be updated on a semesterly basis. The following versions are available in the online module guide:

The module guide contains all modules, independent of the current event offer. Please compare the current course catalogue in Marvin.

The information in this online module guide was created automatically. Legally binding is only the information in the examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung). If you notice any discrepancies or errors, we would be grateful for any advice.