CSCI 350 - Summer 2017 Operating Systems


The course covers the fundamentals of operating systems examining issues such as concurrency, threads, processes, memory allocation, file systems, etc.

Learning Objectives

Catalog Entry

Basic issues in concurrency, deadlock control, synchronization scheduling, memory management, protection and access control, inter-process communication, and structured design. Laboratory experiences with Unix-like operating system. Duplicates credit in CSCI 402.


Course Websites


The following point structure will be used in determining the grade for the course. Your final grade will depend solely on your own performance, graded according to the scale given below.

Pct. Item
40% Project Assignments
15% Exam 1
15% Exam 2
30% Final Exam

Class participation and attendance is strongly encouraged, but will not be enforced or affect grades directly. (Experience shows, however, that attendance and participation correlate highly with success in classes.)

Assignment of Letter Grades

The class will be curved at the end of the semester. All grades will be added up according to the above weightings, and then a scale will be assigned by the instructor. However, the curve will not hurt your grade. We will guarantee a standard grading scale (90-100 = A range, 80-89 = B range, etc.) and lower that scale at the end of the semester as warranted in the likely event that scores are lower.


Operating Systems: Principles & Practices, 2nd Ed. Anderson & Dahlin, Recursive Books, 2014 (ISBN 978-0985673529)

The textbook is required. The class will generally follow the content though the order or presentation may differ. The textbook is an excellent source for much of the material.

In addition to the textbook and lecture notes, we strongly recommend that each student have access to a quality book on the C programming language, such as The C Programming Language by Kernighan and Ritchie

It is strongly recommended that students read the relevant chapters of the textbook before coming to class. Class will proceed at a brisk pace and often be more focused on providing extra intuition and discussions rather than rehashing the book content in great detail.

Lecture notes and slides may also be provided for supplementing the material in the textbook. These resources will be available via the class website or Piazza.

Statement on Academic Conduct and Support Systems

Academic Conduct

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Support Systems

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Emergency Preparedness/Course Continuity in a Crisis

In case of a declared emergency if travel to campus is not feasible, USC executive leadership will announce an electronic way for instructors to teach students in their residence halls or homes using a combination of Blackboard, teleconferencing, and other technologies.