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Learning Exercise

Material: How Operating Systems Work
Submitted by: John Zamora on Feb 28, 2003
Date Last Modified: Feb 28, 2003
Title: Operating Systems Resource Search
Description: Through the use of the "How Operating Systems Work" website, students will select one aspect of operating systems, electronic search for several pertinent resources, and write a paper on the experience.
Type of Task: Core activity, Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required Several hours minimum
Topics: Various Operating Systems Concepts
Course: Computer Literacy, Operating Systems, Networking
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division
Prerequisites Skills: Internet Searching,
Library Research,
Reading/Writing Level pertinent to course.
Learning Objectives: 1) Demonstrate research skills;
2) Demonstrate writing skills;
3) Demonstrate conceptualization of subtopic in operating systems;
4) Critical Thinking (Synthesis of Material)
Text of Learning Exercise: I do not feel that there is enough writing in undergraduate computer science
courses (for that matter in all math/science/engineering courses).

Students will need to read the content of the "How Operating Systems Work"
website. After students read the website, there should be some discussion with
the class regarding operating systems.

Students will select a topic from operating systems, such as memory, cpu
management, application program interface, etc. Students will then conduct
"research" on this subtopic by utilizing Internet and library resources.
Students should have at least three sources that relate to the subtopic
selected. Once the research is complete, students will need to write a paper on
their subtopic in relation to the sources they have collected.

Encourage students not to "plagiarize" the material they have researched. It is
important in the writing process to practice synthesizing information and
siting sources. It is much easier, with current technology, to "copy and paste"
as well as "buy" the research paper online.

It will be up to the instructor to determine the length of the paper. This is
dependent on the context of the course and the writing/reading level of the
students. Also select a pertinent style to format references.
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