Introduction to Computer Systems (G6008)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

In this module, you are introduced to three key aspects of computer systems – storage, processing and transmission of information. You study topics including:

Storage

  • transistors and chips
  • memory architecture
  • primary and secondary storage
  • file systems.

Processing

  • logic circuits
  • CPU operation
  • machine language
  • compilers and high level languages
  • the role of operating systems.

Transmission

  • serial and parallel buses
  • interrupts
  • network layers and protocols
  • the internet.

Teaching

68%: Lecture
32%: Seminar (Class)

Assessment

30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 31 hours of contact time and 119 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: