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CS241 Operating Systems and Computer Networks

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CS241-15 Operating Systems and Computer Networks

Academic year
Computer Science
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Arpan Mukhopadhyay
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

To introduce the fundamental concepts of modern day operating systems and computer networks.

Module aims

To introduce the fundamental concepts of modern day operating systems and computer networks.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

50% of the module is on operating systems, and 50% is on computer networks.
Topics on operating systems include functions of operating systems and computer networks, system interfaces, process management, concurrency, low level IPC, high level IPC, deadlock detection and recovery, and memory management.
Topics on networks include models of communication (TCP IP protocol stack), LANs (topologies, polling, CSMA systems, Ethernet, bridging, switching), WANs (topologies, packet / circuit switching, routing algorithms, ), client-server systems, socket programming, network management issues (performance, security, monitoring), UDP, TCP reliable data transfer, flow control, congestion control, IP addressing, Internet routing algorithms

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • - Understand the generic requirements, structure, operation, and administration of a modern operating system.
  • - Analyse, design, and write programs at the operating systems level.
  • - Understand the requirements and design of modem network protocols and systems, their operation and use by applications.
Indicative reading list

Please see Talis aspire link for most up to date list.

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills
  1. Design low level system software
  2. Implement networking protocols
  3. Design simple operating systems
Transferable skills
  1. Problem solving
  2. System design and organisation

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 30 sessions of 1 hour (20%)
Practical classes 5 sessions of 1 hour (3%)
Private study 115 hours (77%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Reading the course material
Solving problems


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group D2
Weighting Study time
Coursework 20%

200 line program

3 hour examination (April) 80%

A paper which examines the course content and ensures learning outcomes are achieved.

~Platforms - AEP

  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
  • students may use a calculator
Assessment group R1
Weighting Study time
CS241 100%

Resit Exam

~Platforms - AEP

  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
Feedback on assessment

Feedback on coursework via Tabula

Past exam papers for CS241


This module is Core for:

  • Year 2 of UCSA-G400 BSc Computing Systems
  • Year 2 of UCSA-G402 MEng Computing Systems
  • Year 2 of UCSA-G500 Undergraduate Computer Science
  • Year 2 of UCSA-G503 Undergraduate Computer Science MEng
  • Year 2 of UCSA-I1N1 Undergraduate Computer Science with Business Studies
  • Year 2 of UCSA-G406 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering
  • Year 2 of UCSA-G408 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering
  • Year 2 of UCSA-G5N1 Undergraduate Computer and Management Sciences

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 2 of UCSA-GN51 Undergraduate Computer and Business Studies
  • Year 2 of UCSA-G4G1 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics
  • Year 2 of UCSA-G4G3 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics

Further Information

Term 1

15 CATS (7.5 ECTS)

Online Material

Additional Information