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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.


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 (INF3151 and INF4151 alltogether) can get admission to this course.

1) Bachelor students at Informatics; programming and networks
2) Bachelor students at Department of Informatics who have the course approved in their study plan
3) Bachelor student at Department of Informatics
4) Others


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


Teaching takes place throughout the semester. 4 hours lectures and 4 hours of problem solving sessions per week. There will be given mandatory assignments. Rules for mandatory assignments.


Six project assignment, where each part consist of one practical and one theoretical part, twelve submissions in total. All twelve project assignment must be accepted in order to complete the course. The grade is decided upon the practical parts number 2, 3, 5 and 5 that each counts 25 %.


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.

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

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)