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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: