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Operating Systems
(dt. Betriebssysteme)

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Advanced module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (2 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
180 hours (60 h attendance, 120 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 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: Oral or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course M.Sc. Computer Sciences.
Original study programme M.Sc. Informatik / Vertiefungsbereich Informatik
One semester,
In der Regel jedes zweite Wintersemester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Bernd Freisleben


  • hardware basics
  • process/thread management
  • - synchronization
  • - scheduling
  • - deadlocks
  • memory management
  • Input/output management
  • file systems
  • security and protection
  • case studies

Qualification Goals

  • Learning how operating systems work,
  • Possibility of independent programming of operating system modules,
  • 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.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: Object-oriented Programming, either Algorithms and Data Structures or Practical Informatics II: Data Structures and Algorithms for Pre-Service-Teachers, System Software and Computer Communication.

Recommended Reading

  • Stallings, W.: Operating Systems, Pearson 2009.
  • Tanenbaum, A.: Modern Operating Systems, Pearson 2008.
  • Silberschatz A./Galvin P./Gagne G..: Operating System Concepts, Wiley, 2009.
  • Mandl, P.: Grundkurs Betriebssysteme, Vieweg/Teubner, 2010.

Please note:

This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Wintersemester 2022/23. 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:

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