CS 321 Spring 2012  >  Syllabus

CS 321 Spring 2012

COURSE:   CS 321 Operating Systems. 3 credits.
  Time & place:   10:30–11:30 a.m. MWF, 106 Chapman.
  Prerequisites:   CS 301.
INSTRUCTOR:   Glenn G. Chappell, Dept. of Computer Science.
  Office:   201B Chapman.
  Office hours:   11:45–1:45 MWF on spring 2012 class days, or by appointment.
  Office phone:   [474-]5736. This is also voice mail.
  E-mail:   ggchappell@alaska.edu
  Paper mailbox:   Inside the CS Department office, 202 Chapman.
TEXT:   Tannenbaum, Modern Operating Systems, 3rd ed.
Supplementary readings will be provided by the instructor.
WEB PAGE:   http://www.cs.uaf.edu/2012/spring/cs321

Course Topics & Goals

CS 321 covers what computer operating systems do, and the various ways they do it. We will emphasize the management of processes/threads, memory, and file systems.

After taking this class, students should:

Important Dates

Mon, Mar 5   In-class Midterm Exam
Mar 12–16   No class (Spring Break)
Fri, Mar 23   Last day to withdraw
Fri, Apr 27   No class (UAF SpringFest)
Fri, May 4   Last regular class meeting
Mon, May 7   Final Exam 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. in the classroom


Class meetings—Class meetings will be conducted using a lecture-discussion format.

Homework—Homework will be assigned every week or two, and will consist of both programming and answering questions. Some assignments will be done individually; others will be done in groups. Homework turned in late will generally be penalized.

Some assignments will make use of Dr. Lawlor’s NetRun. Students must obtain NetRun accounts.

Quizzes—Short in-class quizzes will be given, unannounced. However, possible quiz topics will always be announced in advance. No make-up quizzes will be given.

Presentations—Near the end of the semester, students will give a short (15 minutes) in-class presentation on some aspect of operating systems.

Exams—Two exams will be given: midterm and final. The final will be comprehensive, emphasizing material covered after the midterm. See “Important Dates”.


Course grades will be based on points earned, using a 90-80-70-60 scale. The +/– grading system will not be used. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. Point totals will be as follows.

Assignments, Quizzes, and Presentation (total)   225 pts
Midterm Exam    75 pts
Final Exam   100 pts
TOTAL   400 pts


Students are expected to be at every class meeting on time, and are responsible for all class content, whether present or not. If absence from class is necessary, homework and in-class work (other than quizzes) may be made up only if the instructor is notified as soon as possible; in particular, absences due to scheduled events must be arranged ahead of time.

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with according to UAF procedures.

Students in this class must pay the CS lab fee. Payment allows access to the Chapman 103 lab.

UAF academic policies: http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/academics
CS Department policies: http://www.cs.uaf.edu/cs/Policies.html

CS 321 Spring 2012: Syllabus / Updated: 19 Jan 2012 / Glenn G. Chappell / ggchappell@alaska.edu