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:


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


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


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


69%: Lecture
31%: Seminar (Class)


100%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 31 hours of contact time and about 119 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: