CS 361 -- Operating Systems -- Fall 2017

Class Time: 10:10 am - 11:00 am MWF
Classroom: Min Kao Engineering 524

Midterm #1 will be held in MK 524 (the classroom) on Monday, 25 Sept. It will cover Chapters 1-3 in Silberschatz.

There will be a study session for the midterm on Wednesday, 20 Sept at 5pm in the classroom (Min Kao 524).

Instructor: Micah Beck

TA: Rayhan Hossain


Reading Assignments

All reading assignments refer to the ninth edition of Silberschatz (ISBN: 978-1-118-06333-0), but the corresponding sections in the eigth edition is equivalent and may be substituted.

Homework Assignments

All reading assignments refer to the ninth edition of Silberschatz. The homework problems will be made available to students in digital form. All homework solutions are to be submitted through Blackboard.

Annotated Course Syllabus

The couse syllabus and reading will mirror the first 13 chapters of the book. Chapters 11, 12 and 13 may be combined or abbreviated depending on the class schedule.

Course Requirements and Grading

  • There will be two midterm exams and a final exam.
  • Homework will be assigned on a regular basis.

The final course grade will be calculated as

    10%(H) + 25%(M1') + 25%(M2') + 40%(F)

  • H = homework grade
  • M1' = MAX(final exam grade, midterm 1 grade)
  • M2' = MAX(final exam grade, midterm 2 grade)
  • F = final exam grade

For example, a student who scores 70 on midterm 1, 85 on midterm 2, 84 on the final, and 75 on the homework will have an overall score of

    10%(75) + 25%(MAX(84, 70)) + 25%(MAX(84, 85)) + 40%(84) = 83.35

The intention of this grading scheme is that students have two chances to show their mastery of the material covered in the two midterms: on the midterm and on the cummulative final. The 90% of the course grade that is awarded on the basis of exams is available to every student at the time they take the final.

While it is possible for a student to skip the midterm exams and rely solely on the homework and final for their course grade, students are strongly advised against this approach. Here are some reasons for this advice:

  • Taking the midterm exams is a no-risk proposition: it can only improve a student's final course grade.
  • The midterms are more focused, and so it should be easier to study the material covered deeply and get a good grade.
  • There is less presure on students when taking midterms than during the final exam period.
  • Taking the midterms is the best preparation for the final exam.