TDT4186 - Operating Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 50/100 4 hours
work 50/100

Course content

The topic will establish definitions, principles, frameworks and architectures for modern operating systems. The topic will focus on processes, thread systems, synchronization, CPU scheduling, memory management, file systems, input-output units, deadlock management, multi-processor systems and security. Important examples will be WINDOWS, UNIX, ANDROID & MAC OS.

Learning outcome

The student shall understand which tasks an operating system solves, how tasks are solved and the use characteristics of an operating system.
The student shall be able to work with an operating system kernel, processes, threads, synchronization, time-sharing, memory management, file systems, I/O, deadlock management, multi-processor systems and security.

The student shall be able to exploit the operating system effectively, as a system developer, administrator and end user.
The student shall be able to program with threads and synchronization.

General qualifications:
The student shall know the challenges and solutions for management of resources like processors and memory.
The student shall be able to manage interfaces like software-hardware.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • 4 exercises

Further on evaluation

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the assessment form has been changed for spring 2021. See the course description in Norwegian for more information.


If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be given at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TDT4155 3.7
IT167 3.7
MNFIT167 3.7
IT222 3.7
IT2202 3.7
MNFIT222 3.7
MNFIT222 3.7
TTK4147 2.0 01.09.2009
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Informatics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer UTS work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 50/100

Release 2021-05-25

Submission 2021-05-25

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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