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CSC1032 : Computer Systems Design and Architectures

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

On completion of this module students will, from a high level perspective, be able to
• describe the purpose of, and the interaction between, the functional hardware and software components of a variety of computer systems
• identify the principal hardware components and software services which provide infrastructure for the Internet from the global scale down to the desktop
• describe the components of operating systems and how they are combined with applications to provide services and share resources.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       An overview of current computer systems architecture.
•       Introduction to Operating Systems: what they are and what they do, management of resources.
•       Processes, scheduling. Interprocess communication (IPC).
•       Memory, virtual memory and memory management. Files, file systems.
•       An introduction to Linux and system administration and systems programming.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:00Lectures recorded– not 2 hour blocks but shorter pieces- learn online. PiP contact time avail
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion441:0044:00Lecture follow-up.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30examinations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Revision for examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion41:004:00Formative exercises
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical242:0048:00Practical activities in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery180:309:00Online Q&A session/drop-in with module staff.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:3032:30Background reading and independent study.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Techniques and theory are presented in lectures which are recorded in advance. Practical sessions provide experience of designing and building database applications and can be carried out online.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes, and on the related Programming Portfolio modules.

The new online drop-in/clinic sessions give students additional support and chances to talk to staff members.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M50Software implementation
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MMock Test prior to exam to consolidate student knowledge ahead of the summative exam.
Lab exercise2MExercises and quizzes to support learning and summative assessments
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Alternative assessment plan: 24 hour exam which can be taken from home.


Semester 1 will be assessed with a PC examination allowing the students to apply the theory taught in lectures. A mock test will take place in Semester 1 to enable the students to prepare for the examination.

The PC examination will assess the fundamental knowledge and understanding of taught material.

Semester 2 is assessed through practical lab report on software implementation and test learning outcomes.

Formative assessment allows students to gauge progress in preparation for for the summative assessments.

Reading Lists

Timetable