linfo1252  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
This course assumes that the student already masters the programming skills in C language targeted by LEPL1503 and the algorithmic notions covered by the LEPL1402.

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
  • Levels of abstraction in computer systems
  • Processor architectures
  • Machine language, assembly language and C language
  • Roles and functions of operating systems
  • Using the features of an operating system in applications
  • Processes and threads: concepts, problems and solutions
  • Multi-processor systems

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

Given the learning outcomes of the "Bachelor in Engineering" program, this course contributes to the development, acquisition and evaluation of the following learning outcomes:
  • AA1.1, AA1.2
  • AA2.4-7
  • AA4.1, AA4.4
Given the learning outcomes of the "Bachelor in Computer Science" program, this course contributes to the development, acquisition and evaluation of the following learning outcomes:
  • S1.I4
  • S2.2-4
  • S5.2, S5.5
Students who have successfully completed this course will be able to
  • explain which functions are fulfilled by the different levels of the hierarchy ranging from the physical machine to the level on which the applications are based
  • explain the main architectures of operating systems and processors, as well as the main devices and techniques used to realize them
  • use and effectively implement the various services and functions offered by processors and operating systems

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course presents the organization and the use of computer systems, and the principles and implementation of operating systems.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

- lectures;
- online exercises and self-training using the Inginious platform;
- exercices and work sessions with tutors.
Some of these activities may be organized online.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

- participation in mandatory activities (10%)
- continuous evaluation, mini projects (30%)
- exam (60%)
- participation in mandatory activities -- maintained from January session, cannot be redone (10%)
- personnal project (30%)
- exam (60%)
Formative activities may become certificative and cover a part to all of the weight of the exam if the circumstances impose it.
The professor may ask for an additional oral exam to the exam, including but not limited to the following circumstances: technical issues, suspicion of irregularities.
Online resources
A link to the online syllabus is available on the Moodle page of the course.
Teaching materials
  • LINFO1252 open source Syllabus
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Teaching methods
All covered material is available on the online Syllabus.
Evaluation methods
An alternative exam using an adapted modality will be simultaneously offered to students who can prove before the exam their impossibility to participate to the exam on site. This impossiblity must be attested, for instance with a quarantine certificate or a "formulaire retour" of the Foreign Affairs SPF. Students have the obligation to notify the professor at least 48 hours in advance of the exam if the quarantine situation started earlier than 48 hours before the exam. A student who would report a quarantine situation to the professor but who would not send her or his certificate to the EPL secretary within 24 hours after the end of the exam will see her or his alternative exam cancelled and ignored (i.e., she or he will be considered as not attending the exam on site). The alternative exam will be on the same material as covered by the main exam, and will take place under a form compatible with the quarantine situation of the student. All students who undergo an alternative exam will also be interrogated orally.

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] en science des données, orientation statistique

Bachelier en sciences informatiques

Filière en Informatique

Mineure en sciences de l'ingénieur : informatique (accessible uniquement pour réinscription)