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Basic Principles: Operating Systems and System Software

Module IN0009

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Informatics.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2011/2

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2012WS 2011/2

Basic Information

IN0009 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 75 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Basic concepts: Operating systems; concurrency; parallel programming; low-level programming (processes, memory, communication, resource management; models (abstract, formal) for concurrency, e.g. petri nets; mutual exclusion, synchronization, deadlocks; compiler/linker/loader with library integration, transition to (adequate) hardware basic, machine-oriented programming and C; I/O especially as preparation for networking)

Learning Outcome

After visiting this module, students are able to understand the basics, problems and solutions of operating systems and current developments. In addition they understand the components like process and memory management and they are able to analyze and evaluate different strategies and techniques. They learn to apply the acquired basic knowledge to new developments in the area of operating systems as well as system software.


IN0001 Introduction to Informatics 1 and IN0004 Introduction to Computer Organization and Technology - Computer Architecture are recommended

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

By means of a slide presentation, the lecture introduces the basic concepts and methods of operating systems and explains them using examples.
Accompanying exercises deepen the understanding of the concepts explained in the lecture by means of suitable group exercises and show the application of the different methods with the help of manageable problems in the different aspects of operating system decomposition.
Additional programming assignments enable students to deepen their knowledge in self-study. Feedback and help in programming exercise sessions allow students to measure learning progress and improve their skills.


Slides and further documents via moodle


A.S. Tanenbaum, H. Bos: Modern Operating Systems, 4/E (Pearson, 2015)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the 90 minutes written exam students have to show their understanding of the subjects, like resource management and the usage of systems software. They have to prove to be able to identify a given problem and find solutions within limited time.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Basic Principles: Operating Systems and System Software
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