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This course introduces the theoretical and practical concepts that are the foundation for modern operating systems. It provides an overview of various operating systems and examines the history, types and core functions of each system. Students will also study the basic structure of an operating system, its components, principles, algorithms and schemes on which the core functions are built, as well as will explore how these different elements interplay within an operating system. An important distinction between a process and a thread will be discussed, and the analysis of how operating systems manage critical resources such as memory, processors, devices and its storage will also be covered. Finally, fundamental applications and operational skills found in existing commercial operating systems (Unix/ Linux, Microsoft Windows) will be examined and analysed.