IN2140 – Introduction to Operating Systems and Data Communication

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to operating systems, viewed from both the user and the programmer's point of view, and from the machine side. It will also provide insight into how today's data communication is taking place and how to create programs that use such communication. The programming language C is used, and a basic introduction will be given.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you'll:

  • have basic knowledge of the most important components of an operating system and how it works
  • be able to develop small applications that call on services in your operating system
  • be able to choose between algorithms that enable today's data communication and their use
  • be able to develop programs with processes that can communicate internally in the computer and over a network
  • know how to use the programming language C


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 or Mathematics (S1+S2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of group seminars each week. It will be given mandatory assignments that must be passed to submit midterms and to be allowed to take the final exam. Compulsory attendance at first lecture.


Digital exam. A home exam constitutes 30% of the final grade and a 4 hours long written final exam constitutes 70% of the final grade. Both must be passed to pass the course, and both must be done in the same semester. You must pass all mandatory assignments to be allowed to take the final exam.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF1060 – Introduction to operating systems and data communications (continued)

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring

This course is a continuation of INF1060


Every spring

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