INF1060 – Introduction to operating systems and data communications

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to operating systems, as seen both from the user and the programmers point of view. It will also give some insight into how data communication is performed and how to make programs which make use of such communication. The C programming language is applied.

Learning outcome

After completing INF1060, you will
  • know the basic mechanisms in the C programming language
  • have a basic knowledge of the most important components in an operating system
  • be able to develop small programs which use operating system services
  • have elementary knowledge in the area of data communication
  • be able to develop programs with processes that communicate, both machine-internally and over a network


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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).

From autumn 2005: INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued)/INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued)INF101

Recommended previous knowledge

INF1010 – Object oriented programming (continued) and INF1040 – Digital Representation (discontinued) /INF 103.

Overlapping courses

6 credits INF 103/IN 147, 3 credits IN 147A, 3 credits IN140 and 3 credits IN142.


2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tuition each week. There are mandatory assignments which must be passed before the student may proceed to take the home exam, and take the final exam. Rules for mandatory assignments.


This course has digital examination. One graded assignments (home exams) counting 40 % and a final four hour written exam counting 60 %. Both exam must be passed, and passed in the same semester. 

The mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.  

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.

The Course Auditor is Wolfgang Leister

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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.


The first lecture is compulsory.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

This course is to be replaced by IN2140, which is taught for the first time in spring 2019.


Every autumn

Examination autumn 2018 and spring 2019 for those who have all the mandatory assignments approved.

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