Bryn Mawr College
CS 355: Operating Systems
Spring 2017
Course Materials



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General Information

Instructor: Dianna Xu , 246A Park Hall, 526-6502
E-Mail: dxu at cs dot brynmawr dot edu

Lecture Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Room: Park 337

Lab Hours: Thursdays 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Lab room: Park 232

Office hours: Thursdays 3:45pm - 5:45pm and by appointments

TA hours: Kewei Qu, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm, Park 231

Texts & Software

  • Modern Operating Systems, 4th Edition, by Andrew S. Tannenbaum, Prentice Hall, 2015.
  • The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage, by Clifford Stoll, Pocket, 2000 (or any other paperback edition).

In addition, you will need a good reference book on the C programming language, such as:

  • The C Programming Language, 2nd Edition, by Kernighan and Ritchie, Prentice Hall, 1988

Important Dates

Jan 17: First lecture
Mar 2: Exam 1
Apr 25: Exam 2
Apr 28: Last lecture


All graded work will receive a score out of 100. Guidelines of letter grades corresponding to lab/exam score levels will also be given. At the end of the semester, a total score (to which the corresponding final grade is assigned) will be calculated from a weighted average of all scores according to the following weights:

Programming Assignments: 60%
Exams: 30%
Written Homeworks and discussions: 10%
Total: 100%

There are weekly or bi-weekly programming assignments and problem sets as well as 2 in-class exams.

Assignments: You are encouraged to work together on the homeworks, but you should write up your own solutions (except for group programming assignments). A late penalty of 5% will be imposed for each day that an assignment is turned in late, until 7 days past due date. Assignments that are more than a week late will not be accepted.

Extensions: Tests may not be taken late without advanced permission. Extensions are usually granted ONLY for family emergencies, infirmary or hospical stays, or similiar major crises.

Special Accommodations: Students who think they may need accommodations in this course because of the impact of disability are encouraged to meet with us privately early in the semester. Students should also contact Deb Alder, Coordinator of Accessibility Services, at 610-526-7351 in Guild Hall, as soon as possible, to verify their eligibility for reasonable accommodations. Early contact will help avoid unneccessary inconvenience and delays.