F29OC Operating Systems & Concurrency

Dr Hani Ragab HassenProf Mike Chantler

Course co-ordinator(s): Dr Hani Ragab Hassen (Dubai), Prof Mike Chantler (Edinburgh).


  • For the Operating system part: To provide an introduction to operating systems, their basic principles and shell programming.
  • For the Concurrency part: To introduce the theory and practice of concurrent hardware and software systems

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisites: none.

Location: ALP, Dubai, Edinburgh.

Semester: 2.


  • For the Operating system part: overview on operating systems concepts and structures, processes, threads, classical inter-process communication problems, memory management.
  • For the Concurrency part: Concurrency, Parallelism, Pthreads. Parallelism Pattern: Pipelining, Data-Parallelism, Nested Data-Parallelism, Flattening, Task-Parallelism, Data-Flow.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

For the Operating systems part:

  • Understanding of the concepts and structures present in modern operating systems.

For the Concurrency part:

  • Broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of concurrency concepts, techniques and problems
  • Critical understanding of predominant concurrency pattern and their implementation on modern architectures
  • Hands-on experience

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT

  • Critically evaluate the problematic and concepts related to operating systems.
  • Analysis of the different possible solutions to leveraging concurrency for parallel execution.

Assessment Methods:

Assessment: Examination: (weighting – 60%) Coursework: (weighting – 40%)
Re-assessment: Examination: (weighting – 100%)

SCQF Level: 9.

Credits: 15.