Cmp Sc 4760 -- Operating Systems
- Cmp Sc 2700, Cmp Sc 2750, and Cmp Sc 3130
- Bill Stallings. Operating
, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 2015.
- Michael Kifer and Scott Smolka. OSP: An Environment for
Operating Systems Projects. Addison-Wesley, 1991.
- Robbins/Robbins. Unix Systems Programming -- Communication,
Concurrency, and Threads. Prentice-Hall. 2003.
I'll expect you to be present in most of the classes. I will not be
taking attendance but if you start missing too many classes, please take
responsibility for your absence, specially when it concerns tests and
homeworks. When you come to class, you must change your cell phones to
silent mode. If your cell phone rings during the test, I'll deduct 10%
points from that test score for you.
If you are more than ten minutes late, please try to not disrupt the
class. I'll penalize you by one letter grade for habitually coming
late to class (more than five times I notice you coming late).
The grade will be based on programming
assignments and three tests. Each assignment must be meticulously
documented and clearly identify its purpose, author, and date. I will
like to read your submitted code; I should not have to
figure it out. It will do you good if you peruse the Gnu Coding Standards. When
you come to me for help with the code, or when you submit the code, make
sure that you follow good indentation practices.
All tests will be open book and open notes but no electronic devices
will be permitted. Tests are non-comprehensive but may have a small
overlap of material from one test to next. If you miss any test or
assignment without making prior arrangements, you will have a zero. I
will not give any make up tests. The distribution of grades will be as
||September 24, 2014
||October 29, 2014
||December 10, 2014
There is no final exam. In case of class cancellation due to
weather-related or other campus emergency, the test will be held in
the following class period. For the third test, if the campus is
closed on December 10, the alternative date will be the December 11,
2014, possibly in the conference room in the department.
Other important dates
|August 31, 2014
||Last day to enroll in the course
|September 22, 2014
||Last day to drop without receiving a grade
|November 17, 2014
||Last day to drop the course with instructor approval
- Failure to hand in any assignment will result in an automatic zero
for that assignment. If some student is unable to hand in an
assignment by the deadline, he/she must discuss it with me
before the deadline. I'll encourage you to talk to other
students regarding homework but you should not collaborate to the
extent that two submissions are copies of each other. If you are
found copying an assignment (from another student or internet), or
if your submission has unreasonable similarity to another
submission, you get a zero for that assignment automatically. A
second offense will be reported to the University officials and
students involved will face serious consequences. I may ask you to
come to my office and explain your code to me; in case you are not
able to explain the code to my satisfaction, I'll assign you a zero
in that project.
- The projects in this class will take up a lot of your time. So, you
should start working on those as soon as they are assigned. In the
past, the students who have asked a lot of questions have scored
better grades. Do not hesitate to ask a question in class, in my
office, or over email, especially if you do not have an idea on how
to start working on the project.
- If you have any disability that requires an accommodation (as per
UMSL policy), you must notify me in advance. If you cannot attend
the class due to a religious holiday or a university-sanctioned
event, please let me know in advance as well. In case you are down
with the flu, stay absent from the class till you recover, and
contact me via phone or email. I'll try my best to make
accommodation for you in that case.
- You will have an account on the Unix machine hoare.cs.umsl.edu
in the CS department and you should use it for all
assignments. The projects involving OSP will have to be done on
hoare.cs.umsl.edu. All programs must be done in C. Please
use the class email list on MyGateway for communications. Any
unsigned email and email not in plain text will go unanswered by me.
Please do not send me any attachments without talking to me first.
- Anyone desiring an EXC grade after October 31, 2014 must be passing
the course at that point to get EXC.