pos355 | undergraduate

Introduction To Operating Systems

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This course provides an introduction to operating systems. Topics covered include operating system concepts, program execution, and operating system internals such as memory, processor, device, and file management. A variety of operating systems are compared and contrasted.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Processes and File/Device Management

    • Summarize key factors in device management.
    • Explain file management.
    • Identify basic concepts related to concurrency.

    Operating Systems

    • Explain the concept of embedded system.
    • Compare the Windows® desktop OS and the server OS.
    • Differentiate between Windows®, UNIX®, Linux®, and Mac® operating systems.
    • Compare open source and proprietary operating systems.

    Distributed Processing and the Virtualization of Operating Systems

    • Explain the effects of fault tolerance.
    • Explain key concepts of distributed computing, including client/server cluster architecture.
    • Analyze benefits of operating system virtualization and explain how it is accomplished.

    Other Devices and Their Operating Systems, the Future of Computing, and Computer Security

    • Explain the importance of computer security.
    • Explain mainframe basics.
    • Describe how operating systems function on devices other than computers.
    • Identify types of scripting.

    Computer System Components

    • Define components of an operating system.
    • Compare memory and processor management.
    • Describe key concepts in process management.
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