Computer Organization and System Software 2017/2018
By written examination 90% and coursework 10%.
Click here for old COSS exam papers from
and old Computer Systems (MSc) exam papers from
(in pdf format).
W. Stallings, Operating Systems, Internals and Design Principles,
Prentice Hall 6th edition, 2008, ISBN-10: 0136006329, ISBN-13: 9780136006329
(5th edition, 2005, ISBN 0-13-127837-1, or later editions would do as well.)
See the website of the book
for additional resources.
J.A. Harris, Operating Systems, Schaumís Outline Series, McGraw-Hill, 2002
N. Carter, Computer Architecture, Schaumís Outline Series, McGraw-Hill, 2002
W. Stallings, Computer Organization and Architecture:
Designing for Performance,
7th (or later) edition, 2006.
A.S. Tanenbaum, Modern Operating Systems,
2nd (or later) edition, 2001.
Submit your coursework in .pdf or .doc format via the
of the module
(if this fails for some reason, then email it to the TA at
The deadline is 23:55, 25 February 2018.
The deadline is 23:55, 8 April 2018.
Submissions after the deadline but before the cut-off date will be capped at 40% of marks.
Submissions after the cut-off date of 10 working days after the deadline
(without accepted mitigating circumstances)
will get 0 (zero) mark.
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Computer architecture (CA) and
Operating system (OS) overview
Processes and threads
I/O and file systems
Lectures and Slides*
* The slides were prepared by using Patricia Roy's slides for Stallings (2006),
Adrian J Pullin's slides for Computer Organization and Architecture, and
the slides accompanying Modern Operating Systems.