George Mason University


CS 471 Operating Systems – Spring 2014

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Barbará


Description: This course covers the principles of operating systems theory and practice. Fundamental concepts such as processes, synchronization, scheduling and memory management will be presented.

Prerequisites: CS 310 and CS 367, or equivalent. A solid background in These pre-requisites imply a solid background, both in programming and in computer architecture. In order to be able to work on the programming projects, the students must be comfortable with the C programming language.

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Required Textbook: "Operating System: Internals and Design Principles ", by W. Stallings 7th Edition, Prentice Hall , ISBN 978-0-13-230998-1).

Office Hours: : By appointment(Office: Eng. Buldg., Room 4420)


Teaching Assistant (TA): TBA

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Course Outcomes: At the end of this course, you will





No early exams will be given and make-up exams are strongly discouraged.

Assignments will be collected on the date indicated in class. Late submissions will be penalized at 15% each day, and will not be allowed after 3 days of the due date.
GMU Honor Code will be enforced. The students are supposed to work individually on the assignments/projects, unless told otherwise. We reserve the right to use MOSS to detect plagiarism. Violations of GMU Honor Code or a total score of 49 (or less) will result in an F.

NO LAPTOPS, TABLETS, RECORDERS OR SMARTPHONES ALLOWED IN CLASS (STRICTLY ENFORCED!) Lectures cannot be recorded without special permission from the instructor

Computer Accounts: All students should have accounts on the central Mason Unix system (also known as and  on IT&E Unix cluster (Instructions and related links are here). Students can  work in  IT&E computer labs  for programming projects during the specified hours.

Students with Disabilities: If you have a documented learning disability or other condition that may affect academic performance you should: 1) make sure this documentation is on file with the Office of Disability Services (SUB I, Rm. 222; 993-2474; to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs.

a>) to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs.