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Introduction to Operating Systems

Course Details

Course Number
CMPS 4103
Section Number
CMPS 4103
Semester
Fall 2017
Location
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
312
Days & Times

Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 am to 9:20 am

Professor
Dr. Eduardo Colmenares-Diaz (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Course Description:

An introduction to operating systems for contemporary multitasking, single processor computers. Topics include processes, process management and scheduling, inter-process synchronization and communication, memory management, and file management.

Course Expectations

Course Description:

An introduction to operating systems for contemporary multitasking, single processor computers. Topics include processes, process management and scheduling, inter-process synchronization and communication, memory management, and file management.

Grading Standards

Evaluation Process

 

Test 1                                                          Total: 15%

Test 2                                                          Total: 15%

Final Exam                                                 Total: 25%

                                                                      55 points

 

Homework                                                Total: 28%

 

Quizzes/Participation/ICA’s                 Total: 12%

 

Attendance                                                 Total: 5   %

 

Grading Policy

89-100%               A

79-88.99%            B

69-78.99%            C

59-68.99%            D

00-58.99%            F

 

Please note the following:

The instructor reserves the right to adjust the grade distributions for the whole class, i.e. grade distributions will not be adjusted on an individual basis.

 

Submission Format Policy

as specified by instructor in your HMK Description


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance (5%) Attendance is a component of the course grade. Each student will have one unexcused absence.  Each student will begin with 100 points for their attendance grade. For each additional unexcused absence, 10 points will be subtracted from the attendance grade. Please let your instructor know if you are going to miss a class for academically related extracurricular activities. If this is the case you must present the sponsoring university member’s written justification before your absence occurs.

Other Policies

Participation includes the following:

  • Assignments given in class (a.k.a in-class activities). These will be Unannounced in nature.
  • Quizzes: a Mixed. Pop-up and Non-Pop-up quizzes. Quizzes will be used to assess students understanding of the course material.  Quizzes will be administered either at the beginning or end of class to cover the reading assignment for the lesson, homework and/or previous lessons.
  • No make-up participation assignments are given.
  • Arriving late, leaving early to class voids the right to take a quiz or ICA if it already started or it is about to start.

Assignments

Some assignments may be individual and some team assignments. It is OK (and encouraged) for you to work with each other ONLY to verbally discuss concepts associated with your assignments, such discussion must be at a very high level (superficial). However, any write up that you turn in, including any code, must be your own original production. 

  • Sharing partial or full code, working in pairs or groups, copying code from the web will be considering plagiarism and will lead a to a grade of zero. For more information see (Ethical Conduct – Page 3).
  • Submitted work is due when specified, as specified (format) by the instructor. It is in the student’s best interest to keep track of all deadlines.
  • The instructor is not required to remind students of ANY date and/or deadline associated with tests, homework, reports, project assignment, etc.
  • Assignments submitted to the instructor’s email will be considered invalid and deleted. Even if submitted before the deadline.
  • Students must be prepared to talk/explain/defend their homework during class time

 

Late Policy: Submitted work is due when specified as specified (format) by the instructor. It is in the student’s best interest to keep track of all deadlines. Assignments are released ahead of time, giving the students plenty of time for their successful completion. Late assignments will be received only for 48 hours after the official deadline, at a penalty of 35 points per day. After the 48 hour window, no assignment will be accepted and a grade of zero will be assigned.

 

All assignments will be graded based on the most recent submission. What does it mean? It means that if you submitted before the deadline you will be graded in a 100 points basis, but if you submit a second version after the deadline and your change was a “;”, or not change at all then your assignment will be considered late and subject to the 35 points penalty.

 

What does it mean to be late?

Answer: assignment is due today at 8:00 am. If you deliver your report/assignment by 8:00:01 am (1 sec late) then it will be marked late.

 

VERY – VERY IMPORTANT: Before you submit any file, take your time and double OR triple check the following:

 

  1. You are uploading the correct AND all files
  2. Your work is correct at the best of your abilities
  3. Failure to fulfill (1) and (2) ON TIME, DOES NOT excuse you from a bad grade.

 

The previous rule will be strongly enforced.

 

  • If you know you will be absent ahead of time, let the instructor know, and turn your assignment in early if possible.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of the designated date, time.

 

 

 

Tests:

No make-up exams will be given.  If you miss an exam, you will receive a zero unless you notify the instructor in advance or demonstrate that an emergency existed that you could not circumvent (Surgery, Medical Emergency, Death in the family, and Presentation at a Conference, some others).  Students who miss an exam due to University business should notify the instructor in advance, and present the sponsoring university member’s written justification. If you do miss an exam due to University business, your final exam grade will be substituted for your excused test grade. However, this substitution can only be performed once during the semester. Exams are uniquely composed for each term.

 

Excusing Late Work

Any document used to excuse the late delivery of an assignment MUST be presented no longer than one week from the corresponding missed deadline. Valid excuses (Surgery, Medical Emergency, Death in the family, and Presentation at a Conference).   Failure to fulfill this requirement will make null the excuse, leading to a permanent grade of zero in the corresponding assignment.

 

Final Exam: There is no make-up final exam. The final exam will take place in our regular classroom on Thursday december the 7th, class time. The final Exam is comprehensive.

 

Attendance (5%) Attendance is a component of the course grade. Each student will have one unexcused absence.  Each student will begin with 100 points for their attendance grade. For each additional unexcused absence, 10 points will be subtracted from the attendance grade. Please let your instructor know if you are going to miss a class for academically related extracurricular activities. If this is the case you must present the sponsoring university member’s written justification before your absence occurs.

 

Policy on Testing Process

The Department of Computer Science has adopted the following policy related to testing.

  • All bags, purses, electronics (turned off), books, etc. will be placed in the front of the room during exams, or in an area designated by the instructor.
  • Unless otherwise announced by the instructor, nothing is allowed on the desk but pen/pencil/eraser and test papers.
  • You are not allowed to leave the classroom. Please take this seriously and into consideration before any test and the final. Prepare yourself to be in the classroom during the entire exam.
  • If you decide to leave the classroom during a test and/or the final exam, your exam will be collected, and you will not be allowed to continue.

 

Additional Grade Policy: Once the grades, have been either returned to the students, or published via D2L, the student will have 48 hours to examine them, and check for inconsistencies, errors, etc. After the 48 hour window of opportunity all grades will become PERMANENT and WILL NOT change. It is not only the student’s responsibility to check the accuracy of his/her grades, but also in his/her best interest to do it.

This rule DOES NOT apply to the final exam because the final exam is triple checked by the instructor before publishing the grade.

 

 

Departmental Cheating Policy (It will be strongly enforced) | Ethical Conduct

Policy on Academic Honesty

The Department of Computer Science had adopted the following policy related to cheating (academic misconduct).  The policy will be applied to all instances of cheating on assignments and exams as determined by the instructor of the course.  (See below for link to MSU definitions.)

 

  • 1st instance of cheating in a course: The student will be assigned a non-replaceable grade of zero for the assignment, project or exam.  In addition, the student will receive a one letter grade reduction in course.
  • 2nd instance of cheating in a course: The student will receive a grade of F in course & immediately be removed from course.
  • All instances of cheating will be reported to the Department Chair and, in the case of graduate students, to the Department Graduate Coordinator.

 

See Also:

MSU Student Handbook: Appendix E: Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

https://mwsu.edu/Assets/documents/student-life/2013-14-Student-Handbook.pdf

 

CAMPUS CARRY: Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

 

RECORDING OF CLASS LECTURES: Permission must be requested in writing & obtained from the instructor before recording of class lectures. If permission is granted, the recording may only be used by the student making the recording.  Recordings may NOT be posted on any internet source without written permission of the instructor. Failure to adhere to the policy may result in removal from the course with a grade of F or other appropriate punishment.

 

Classroom Civility:

All violations of classroom civility will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning." In order to ensure that all students gain from time spent in class, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction, e.g. leaving the room for extended periods of time, reading newspapers (or other articles), working on other courses, and using cell-phones or laptops for calls or messages. If you indulge in any such inappropriate behavior (without explicit consent of the instructor), you will (at the very least) be asked to leave the classroom.

http://www.mwsu.edu/student-life/dean/

 

Student with Disabilities:

Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from disability support office during the instructor’s office hours. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Disability Support Office has been provided. For additional information you may contact the Disability Support Office in Clark Student Center 168 - Phone: (940) 397-4140

 

Dean of Students:

The Dean of Students can assist in notifying the campus community of student illnesses, immediate family deaths and/or student death. Generally, in cases of student illness or immediate family deaths, the notification to the appropriate campus community members occur when a student is absent from class for four consecutive days with appropriate verification. It is the student's responsibility for missed class assignments and/or course work during their absence.

http://www.mwsu.edu/student-life/dean/

 

Research and Creative Activity Opportunities at MSU

Enhancing Undergraduate Research Endeavors and Creative Activities (EURECA) is a program that provides opportunities for undergraduates to engage in high-quality research and creative activities with faculty. EURECA provides incentives and funding through a system that supports faculty and students in a cooperative research process. For more information contact the Office of Undergraduate Research, (940) 397-6275 or by sending a message to eureca@mwsu.edu or better yet stop by the UGR office located in the atrium of the Clark Student Center, room 161. Information and resources are available at www.mwsu.edu/eureca.

 

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

To support undergraduate research and creative activities, Midwestern State University holds an enhanced institutional membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).  This institutional membership includes unlimited memberships for any interested faculty, staff, and students. Students may find information on benefits and resources at www.cur.org/resources/for_students and may sign up at members.cur.org/members online/members/newmember.asp.   The CUR Undergraduate Resources Webpage contains:

  • Research Opportunities;
  • Presentation Opportunities;
  • Undergraduate Research Journals;
  • CUR-Sponsored Student Events;
  • The Registry of Undergraduate Researchers;

And more!

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.