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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course gives a thorough introduction to operating systems and covers topics like interrupt management, threads and processes, process coordination and synchronization, management of physical and virtual storage, devices and file systems. The exercises cover both analysis of abstractions, and their realization and implementation. During the course, each student will develop a running operating system kernel for an Intel x86 based computer.

Learning outcome

Traditional operating systems (OS) such as UNIX and Windows have been successfully applied since many years in business and research areas. This course will provide the students with an in-depth understanding of the process management of these systems running on a uni-processor machine.

After completing the course you can:

  • explain to others how an operating system is built and works,
  • use operating system abstractions in your future applications you want to develop,
  • use Intel manuals or similar to understand low-level software on their own,
  • program routinely with Assembler and C
  • write design documents
  • present own design ideas and concepts to others in a short time in an understandable way.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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

A maximum of 50 students (IN3000 and IN4000 alltogether) can get admission to this course.

Ranking for IN4000:

  1. Master students at Informatics; programming and system architecture who have the course approved in their study plan
  2. Master student at Department of Informatics who have the course approved in their study plan
  3. Master student at Department of Informatics
  4. Others

IN2010 – Algorithms and Data Structures/INF2220 – Algorithms and Data Structures (continued)/INF1020 – Algorithms and data structures (discontinued)

IN2140 – Introduction to operating systems and data communication

Overlapping courses


Teaching takes place throughout the semester. 4 hours lectures and 4 hours of problem solving sessions per week.

It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.

There will be given mandatory assignments. Rules for mandatory assignments.


Six project assignment, where each part consist of one parctical and one theoretical part, twelve deliverables in total. All twelve project assignment must be accepted in order to complete the course.

Furthermore, it is mandatory to present oral design of the practical part.

The grade is decided upon the practical parts number 2, 3, 5 and 5 that each counts 25 %. Read more about mandatory assignments.

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: IN3000 – Operating Systems, INF3151 – Operating systems (continued), INF4151 – Operating systems (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 28, 2021 12:17:23 AM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)