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

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Basic module, required module
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: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course B.Sc. Computer Sciences.
Original study programme B.Sc. Informatik / Informatik Basismodule
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.



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.

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