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Fundamentals of Information Technology & Operating Systems

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

The graduates are able to:
- Name and describe the structure and functioning of computer systems and their components,
- Assess the areas of application for computer systems of all kinds,
- Give an overview of current operating systems,
- Understand the essential architectural concepts and mechanisms of modern operating systems and assess their advantages and disadvantages and
- Master common operating systems in practical use.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Courses of the previous semester successfully completed.

course contents

Within the framework of the course:
- The basic structure of modern computer systems (system components, peripherals, computer architectures, etc.) is taught to the students,
- The representation of complex types of information is presented and the calculation (place value systems, computer arithmetic) of these systems is developed,
- The general concepts of operating systems are conveyed,
- The difference between architectural principles, memory and process management techniques, file systems, etc. concepts of current operating systems are taught,
- The ability to practice and evaluate the performance of these systems is communicated.

recommended or required reading

- Tanenbaum, A.; Austin, T.: Computerarchitektur: Von der digitalen Logik zum Parallelrechner - Pearson Studium, 2014.
- Hellmann, R.: Rechnerarchitektur: Einführung in den Aufbau moderner Computer - De Gruyter Studium, 2016.
- Hoffmann, D.: Grundlagen der Technischen Informatik - Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016.
- Tanenbaum, A.: Moderne Betriebssysteme. - Pearson Studium, 2016.
- Stallings, W.: Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles - Pearson, 2017.
- Silberschatz, A.; Gagbne, G.; Galvin, P. B.: Operating System Concepts - Wiley, 2013.

assessment methods and criteria

Portfolio assessment

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and discussion of (practical) tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof (FH) Lukas Demetz, PhD

year of study


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type of course unit

integrated lecture

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work placement(s)

not applicable