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Operating systems

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Bachelor's level
  • Starting Spring Term 2025

About the course

The goal of the course is to introduce the students to modern operating systems design. Both practical and theoretical aspects of operating Systems will be studied. The course will cover 5 main topics, namely,

Topic 1: Introduction
This module will provide a top level description of modern operating systems.

Topic 2: kernels and processes 
Introduces the students to the design and implementation of different operating system kernels in some detail.

Topic 3: concurrency, synchronization and scheduling
The module covers threads and the semantics of concurrency, synchronization of multi-threaded programs, deadlocks, race conditions, processor scheduling and other related topics.

Topic 4: memory management
The fourth module cover topics related to memory such as hardware and software address translation mechanisms, caching and virtual memory. 

Topic 5: I/O and File Systems
This module introduces  the File system abstraction, different storage devices and filesystems

Application and eligibility

Operating systems, 7.5 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2025 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


20 January 2025


24 March 2025

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

To be admitted you must have 60 ECTS-credits in Computing Science or 2 years of completed studies, in both cases including good knowledge and experience of the programming language C, including working with threads. You should also have knowledge and experiences of programming directly with/to an operatingsystem. These requirements are fulfilled by the course C-programming and Unix or equivalent.

Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



The online application opens 16 September 2024 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 15 October 2024. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 17,850

Total fee

SEK 17,850

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Course is given by
Department of Computing Science