CS 3113 Fall 21


This is the web page for Operation Systems at the University of Oklahoma.

View the Project on GitHub oudalab/cs3113fa22

Syllabus CS 3113

Introduction to Operating Systems (Fall 2022)

Class hours: Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 – 2:45 pm
Location: Sarkeys Energy Ctr N0202

Final Exam: Tuesday December 13, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Sarkeys Energy Ctr N0202


Dr. Christan Grant

Teaching Assistants

Jasmine DeHart

Farabee Islam

Note: Any email messages to the professors or teaching assistants must include cs3113 in the subject line. Any email without this string in the subject line will likely be filtered as junk.

External Tutors

The William Kerber Teaching Scholars will be available for questions and help for several CS topics.

All of their office hours will be held in DEH 115 and on Zoom.

The Zoom ID is 920-7171-4976.

cstutoring is the code word.

Crystal Zhang, Marcos Bernier, Kenin Tran are available at the following times:

Day DEH 115 Times Zoom Times
Sunday 12p - 5p  
Mondays 1p - 5p  
Tuesdays 10:30a - 1p 9p - 12p
1p - 4p
Wednesdays 1p -5p  
Thursdays 10:30a - 1p 9p - 12p
1p - 4p
Fridays 1p - 3p
4p - 7p
Saturday 12p - 4p  

The above times are subject to change.


The prerequisites for this course are CS 2413 - Data Structures and CS 2613 - Computer Organization (or ECE 3223). (If you have not taken these courses, you will need instructor permission to take 3113.) You are expected to have a working knowledge of C and C++, including a familiarity with its basic data types and control structures, and an understanding of computer organization. This course will introduce students to operating systems theory and cover the principles of systems programming.

Course Details

Successfully learning operating systems means understanding both theory and system programming. This operating systems course will include activities to support both. As a computer scientist or a computer engineer, this course will be extremely beneficial, but will also be a lot of work. Students should be prepared to spend several hours a week outside of class studying and working on assignments. It is ill-advised to take this course with other programming heavy courses.

Lectures will be a mix of traditional lectures, class discussions, videos and other activities. Participation is required to get the most out of the class.

ABET Student Outcomes

Learning Management System

Course website is https://oudatalab.com/cs3113fa22. We will use the Canvas learning system. This course website can be reached through canvas.ou.edu. Please check this system regularly to keep informed of all announcements, updates, and changes.

Course Materials

Required Textbooks:

We will also be using zyBooks this semester.

To access the textbook:

  1. Sign in or create an account at learn.zybooks.com
  2. Enter zyBook code: OUCS3113GrantFall2022
  3. Subscribe

Computer Accounts and Software

Increasingly, software is developed and executed in “the cloud”. This semester the class will make heavy use of a popular cloud infrastructure. Students will be able to deploy virtual machines with various configurations, on the fly. Credentials for using this infrastructure will be distributed after the first week of class. For questions and issues using this software, students should use the in-class discussion board. All students enrolled in class should also have a CS account and access to a Linux-based systems in the CS department. For most computer science students, an account will be automatically created. All code written for this course MUST run using the compilers or interpreters that will be specified for the assignments. It is your responsibility to ensure that your code runs on these systems. For compatibility reasons, we recommend developing and testing on a Linux-based machine.

Course Policies

Covid-19 Considerations

All students are expected to wash their hands, social distance, and wear a mask according to school, state, and federal guidelines. It is my goal to be extremely considerate to personal and family situation, but please alert me to any problems you may be facing as early as possible. Please review the OU covid policies: https://www.ou.edu/coronavirus.

Provosts Attendance Statement

A temporary university policy has been established to protect the OU community by ensuring that students who are ill or required to isolate feel encouraged to remain at home. Missing a class session or other class activity due to illness or isolation will not result in a penalty for the absence, and the student will not be asked to provide formal documentation from a healthcare provider to excuse the absence. This policy is based on all students and faculty adhering to the principles of integrity, honesty, and concern for others.

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea or who have been in close contact with others who have symptoms should:

Sessions of this course may be recorded or live-streamed. These recordings are the intellectual property of the individual faculty member and may not be shared or reproduced without the explicit, written consent of the faculty member. In addition, privacy rights of others such as students, guest lecturers, and providers of copyrighted material displayed in the recording may be of concern. Students may not share any course recordings with individuals not enrolled in the class or upload them to any other online environment.

Proper Academic Conduct

Integrity Examples

Situation Integrity Violation?
Students A and B meet and work on their assignment together. Neither student prepared anything in advance and the resulting work is identical. Yes
Students A and B create drafts of their assignment independently and get together to compare answers and discuss their understanding of the material. Each person decides independently whether to make changes that are discussed. No
Students A and B agree to prepare drafts of their assignments independently, but only Student A does. Student A shares her draft to Student B who reviews it and offers suggestions for improvement. Yes
Students A and B agree that student A will work the even problems and Student B will work the odd problems. They share their work. Yes
Students A and B agree that student A will work on a read function and Student B will work the sorting function. They share their solutions. Yes
Student A has completed a project and is helping Student B complete the same project. Student A explains to Student B what student B’s code actually does, which is different than what Student B thinks the code does. Student B determines how to modify the code independently. No
Student A has completed a project and is helping Student B complete the same project. Student B is having trouble getting one part of the program to work, so Student A texts Student B three lines of their solution. Yes
Student A has completed a project and is helping Student B complete the same project. Student B is having difficulty getting the program to work, so student A tells student B exactly what to type for several lines. Yes
Student A has completed a project and is helping student B complete the same project. Student B is having difficulty getting the program to work, so Student A suggests that Student B use a specific debugging strategy (e.g. “Print out the contents of the variable”). No
Student A has completed a project and is helping Student B complete the same project. Student A shows Student B an example program in the online textbook that will be helpful in figuring out the solution to the problem. No
Student A publishes solutions to an assignment on a public Internet page. Yes
Students A and B work on a project together. After they have finished it, student A takes the code and modifies it so the programs do not appear to be identical. Yes
Student A copy and pastes code from a public Internet page but changes the variable names. Yes

Academic Misconduct Reporting Form


Points for this class will come from a variety of sources. The different components are weighted as follows:

zyBook Activities 10%
Assignments 25%
Projects 35%
Midterms 20%
Final 10%

Assignments will be assigned every one to two weeks. Assignments will range from generating custom exam questions, multiple choice quizzes, or coding assignments. Projects will be exclusivley coding assignments that will take 2–3 weeks to complete. The class will have between 3–5 projects. Each project will require a Readme describing the effort.

Submission Format

For written student submissions should only be .txt files, portable document format .pdf, or Markdown.md. Files of type .doc, .docx, or .rtf will not be accepted. Compressed files should be of type .gz or .tar.gz. Files of the .rar format will not be accepted. Other file types, particularly coding files, may be used in the class. The expected file type will be stated. Often, files packaged under non-Unix/Linux flavored operating systems, such as Windows, have a non-negative number of compatibility issues with our grading systems. If the graders cannot open files for these reasons, the project will not receive credit.

Late Policy

Late policies are often at odds with the ability for students to receive feedback. I strongly encourage all students to submit assignments at the posted due date; not the date the assignment closes. If assignments are not completed on time, the frequent assignments will mount up and the amount of work that can be due may be in surmountable. The policy is that all assignments must be completed before they are graded. This typically means that students will have 3-7 days to complete the assignment. If as long as a student submit the assignment we will not take off extra points. However, the grading time will not be announced and we will not accept assignments after the deadline.

Midterm and Final Exams

As required by the university, the course will have both a midterm and a comprehensive final exam on the date listed in on the class schedule

Final Grade Scale

Grade cut-offs will be at or below the traditional 90, 80, 70, etc. cut-offs.

Grade questions

Please note that when an exam/assignment is brought with grading questions, we may examine the entire exam/assignment and your final grade may end up lower.

Canvas Grade Summary

Canvas has a grade book that is used to store the data that are used to calculate your course grade. It is the responsibility of each student in this class to check their grades on Canvas after each assignment is returned. If an error is found, bring the graded document to any of the instructors or TAs, and we will correct Canvas.


Specific Outcomes of Instruction

By the end of the semester, the students will increase their:

Course Evaluations

The College of Engineering utilizes student ratings as one of the bases for evaluating the teaching effectiveness of each of its faculty members. The results of these forms are important data used in the process of awarding tenure, making promotions, and giving salary increases. In addition, the faculty uses these forms to improve their own teaching effectiveness. The original request for the use of these forms came from students, and it is students who eventually benefit most from their use. Please take this task seriously and respond as honestly and precisely as possible, both to the machine-scored items and to the open-ended questions.

Reasonable Accommodation

The University of Oklahoma is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who require accommodations in this course are requested to speak with the professor as early in the semester as possible. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations in this course. This includes your academics, housing, and community events. If you are experiencing a disability, a mental/medical health condition that has a significant impact on one or more life functions, you can receive accommodations to provide equal access. Possible disabilities include, but are not limited to, learning disabilities, AD(H)D, mental health, and chronic health. Additionally, we support students with temporary medical conditions (broken wrist, shoulder surgery, etc.) and pregnancy. The Office of Disability Services is located in the University Community Center at 730 College Avenue; the phone is 405-325-3852 or TDD only is 405-325-4173. Email at adrc@ou.edu.

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact your professor or the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center at 405-325-3852 as soon as possible. Also, see the Institutional Equity Office FAQ on Pregnant and Parenting Students’ Rights for answers to commonly asked questions.

Title IX Resources

Anyone who has been impacted by gender-based violence, including dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and sexual assault, deserves access to resources so that they are supported personally and academically. The University of Oklahoma is committed to offering resources to those impacted, including: speaking with someone confidentially about your options, medical attention, counseling, reporting, academic support, and safety plans. If you would like to speak with someone confidentially, please contact OU Advocates (available 24/7 at 405-615-0013) or another confidential resource (see “Can I make an anonymous report?”). You may also choose to report gender-based violence and discrimination through other means, including by contacting the Institutional Equity Office (ieo@ou.edu, 405-325-3546) or police (911). Because the University of Oklahoma is committed to the safety of you and other students, I, as well as other faculty, Graduate Assistants, and Teaching Assistants, are mandatory reporters. This means that we are obligated to report gender-based violence that has been disclosed to us to the Institutional Equity Office. This includes disclosures that occur in: class discussion, writing assignments, discussion boards, emails and during Student/Office Hours. For more information, please visit the Institutional Equity Office.

Final Exam Preparation Period

Pre-finals week will be defined as the seven calendar days before the first day of finals. Faculty may cover new course material throughout this week. For specific provisions of the policy please refer to OU’s Final Exam Preparation Period policy.

Emergency Protocol

During an emergency, there are official university procedures that will maximize your safety.

Severe Weather

If you receive an OU Alert to seek refuge or hear a tornado siren that signals severe weather:

  1. LOOK for severe weather refuge location maps located inside most OU buildings near the entrances.
  2. SEEK refuge inside a building. Do not leave one building to seek shelter in another building that you deem safer. If outside, get into the nearest building.
  3. GO to the building’s severe weather refuge location. If you do not know where that is, go to the lowest level possible and seek refuge in an innermost room. Avoid outside doors and windows.
  5. WAIT for official notice to resume normal activities.

Severe Weather Refuge Areas

Severe Weather Preparedness - Video

Armed Subject/Campus Intruder

If you receive an OU Alert to shelter-in-place due to an active shooter or armed intruder situation or you hear what you perceive to be gunshots:

  1. Avoid: If you believe you can get out of the area WITHOUT encountering the armed individual, move quickly towards the nearest building exit, move away from the building, and call 911.
  2. Deny: If you cannot flee, move to an area that can be locked or barricaded, turn off lights, silence devices, spread out, and formulate a plan of attack if the shooter enters the room.
  3. Defend: As a last resort, fight to defend yourself.

For more information, visit http://www.ou.edu/emergencypreparedness.html

Shots Fired on Campus Procedure - Video

Fire Alarm/General Emergency

If you receive an OU Alert that there is danger inside or near the building, or the fire alarm inside the building activates:

  1. LEAVE the building. Do not use the elevators.
  2. KNOW at least two building exits.
  3. ASSIST those that may need help.
  4. PROCEED to the emergency assembly area.
  5. ONCE safely outside, NOTIFY first responders of anyone that may still be inside building due to mobility issues.
  6. WAIT for official notice before attempting to re-enter the building.

OU Fire Safety on Campus

Mental Health Support Services

If you are experiencing any mental health issues that are impacting your academic performance, counseling is available at the University Counseling Center (UCC). The Center is located on the second floor of the Goddard Health Center, at 620 Elm Rm. 201, Norman, OK 73019. To schedule an appointment call (405) 325-2911. For more information, please visit University Counseling Center.

Technical Support

For OU IT support, please phone (405) 325-HELP. For help with issues pertaining to any CS department machine (in room DEH 115). Please contact the system administrator John Mueller at jmueller@ou.edu.

Land Acknowledgement

Long before the University of Oklahoma was established, the land on which the University now resides was the traditional home of the “Hasinais” Caddo Nation and “Kirikirʔi:s” 🔊 Wichita & Affiliated Tribes. We acknowledge this territory once also served as a hunting ground, trade exchange point, and migration route for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa and Osage nations. Today, 39 tribal nations dwell in the state of Oklahoma as a result of settler and colonial policies that were designed to assimilate Native people.

The University of Oklahoma recognizes the historical connection our university has with its indigenous community. We acknowledge, honor and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land. We fully recognize, support and advocate for the sovereign rights of all of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations. This acknowledgement is aligned with our university’s core value of creating a diverse and inclusive community. It is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture and history that make up our entire OU Community.

Sessions of this course may be recorded or live-streamed. These recordings are the intellectual property of the individual faculty member and may not be shared or reproduced without the explicit, written consent of the faculty member. In addition, privacy rights of others such as students, guest lecturers, and providers of copyrighted material displayed in the recording may be of concern. Students may not share any course recordings with individuals not enrolled in the class or upload them to any other online environment.


Key Class Resources

Dates and details in the syllabus and schedule are subject to frequent change, please check regularly. Major changes will be announced on Canvas.

External Resources




This page is available online at: https://oudatalab.com/cs3113fa22

Go back to CS3113