CS 326 Operating Systems

Course Syllabus – Operating Systems

CS 326 ⋅ Spring 2020 ⋅ 4 Credits

Operating systems are found in nearly every modern computing device, from phones and tablets to workstations and the cloud. An operating system (OS) manages hardware resources (CPU, memory, disks, etc.) and provides a layer of abstraction to make working with these resources easier.

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of operating system design and implementation. This includes system calls, inter-process communication, virtual memory, networking, and file systems.

The Basics

Lectures: Tuesday & Thursday

Lab Session: Friday

Communication: PiazzaZoom Live Stream

Course Staff

Instructor: Matthew Malensek
Office: HR 406
Hours: T, Th 1:00pm – 2:30pm ⋅ F 2:30pm – 3:30pm

TA: Ryan Dielhenn
Hours: M, W 10:45am – 12:45pm

TA: Vanessa Villalobos
Hours: W, F 9:00am – 11:00am

TA: Edmund Wong
Hours: M, W, F 1:00pm – 2:30pm



Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to:


The course will be graded on an A-F basis. The grade distribution is:

Grades will be assigned as follows:

100 – 93A
92 – 90A-
89 – 87B+
86 – 83B
82 – 80B-
79 – 77C+
76 – 73C
72 – 70C-
69 – 67D+
66 – 63D
62 – 60D-
59 – 0F

This scale is subject to change; scoring in the ranges above guarantees you will receive at least the grade listed.

Labs: There will be several lab assignments over the course of the semester. These assignments are designed to give you a chance to practice what you’ve learned and get feedback on your progress. You must demonstrate your finished lab assignments in the class, lab sections, or office hours to get credit.

Quizzes: Your knowledge of the concepts covered in class will be evaluated via quizzes. These quizzes consist of two phases: individual and team, with a separate score for each. During the team phase of the quiz, you can discuss the questions with your teammates and come to a consensus on the answers. The individual and team portions of the quiz are turned in separately. Make-up quizzes are not given unless arranged at least one week in advance.

Projects: The best way to learn is by putting theory into practice. This course features large projects that count for the majority of your grade. Remember to start early, ask questions, and go to office hours if necessary.

Grading Policy:

Late Policy:

Classroom Conduct

You are here to learn. Be professional and courteous toward your peers, and help create a learning environment that supports diverse thinking, experiences, perspectives, and identities. If you need to use an electronic device during a lecture, do so in a way that doesn’t distract others. And most importantly, be excellent to each other.

Important Dates

Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability or disabling condition, or if you think you may have a disability, please contact USF Student Disability Services (SDS) at 415 422-2613 within the first week of class, or immediately upon onset of disability, to speak with a disability specialist.  If you are determined eligible for reasonable accommodations, please meet with your disability specialist so they can arrange to have your accommodation letter sent to me, and we will discuss your needs for this course.  For more information, please visit: http://www.usfca.edu/sds.

Behavioral Expectations

All students are expected to behave in accordance with the Student Conduct Code and other University policies (see http://www.usfca.edu/fogcutter/). Students whose behavior is disruptive or who fail to comply with the instructor may be dismissed from the class for the remainder of the class period and may need to meet with the instructor or Dean prior to returning to the next class period. If necessary, referrals may also be made to the Student Conduct process for violations of the Student Conduct Code.

Academic Integrity

As a Jesuit institution committed to cura personalis – the care and education of the whole person – USF has an obligation to embody and foster the values of honesty and integrity. USF upholds the standards of honesty and integrity from all members of the academic community. All students are expected to know and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. You can find the full text of the code online at http://myusf.usfca.edu/academic-integrity/. The policy covers:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS’ diverse staff offers brief individual, couple, and group counseling to student members of our community. CAPS services are confidential and free of charge. Call (415) 422-6352 for an initial consultation appointment. Telephone consultation through CAPS After Hours is available Monday - Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., 24 hours during weekends and holidays; call the above number and press 2. Further information can be found at https://myusf.usfca.edu/student-health-safety/caps.

Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting, and Sexual Assault

As instructors, one of our responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. We also have a mandatory reporting responsibility related to our role as faculty. We are required to share information regarding sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred on USF’s campus with the University. Here are some useful resources related to sexual misconduct: