Module title: Computer Systems 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSN07101
Module leader: Sean McKeown
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Networking
Prerequisites

N/A

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sean McKeown
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods Including their Alignment to LOs
Two hours per week are given over to a lecture programme that aims to introduce and develop the core principles of computer systems, operating systems and networking. A further two hours is used to develop hands-on practical, information-gathering and writing skills. This is achieved using supervised tutorial exercises. In general, lectures are used to introduce underlying principles and the practical and tutorial work is used to broaden and develop deeper understanding of the subject area.
The teaching material is supported using a combination of handouts, tutorials and computer-based
resources. Student progress is monitored through tutorials, practical exercises and continuous assessments. Coursework is designed to provide evidence that key skills are understood. Additionally, the Class Test 1 is in place to provide staff and students with early feedback which is used to facilitate timely remedial action.
Moodle is used as the central repository for all courseware and is used to encourage discussion forums on current module issues as well as related topics and wider resources.

Assessment (formative or summative)
Formative assessment takes place during the timetabled tutorial sessions where students are expected to present evidence of both their written and practical work. Feedback is provided to students on a one-to-one basis through discussion with the Class Tutor, allowing individual strengths and weaknesses to be highlighted in timely fashion.
Summative assessment is implemented through a combination of three class tests. Tests are compulsory and are scheduled to take place during timetabled tutorial sessions in the weeks indicated below. They are closed-book tests with a duration of 60 minutes.Feedback is given to all students on a one-to-one basis, and is delivered during the timetabled tutorial sessions.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 33.3 1,2 5 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 33.3 3,4 9 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 33.4 5 12 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 99
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 99

Description of module content:

Computer Architecture
Basic computer architecture and operating principles. Memory and I/O devices. Case Studies for PC microcomputer and embedded system architectures.

Computers Networks
Networking components. Wide and local area networks use and topographies.

Operating Systems
Basic structure, components and functions of Operating Systems (OS), for example, the Kernel, Memory Management, File Systems, Processes and Threads. Case Study examinations of common PC OSs - Windows and Linux.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Identify the main hardware components of a computer

LO2: Understand the basic architecture operating principles of a computer

LO3: Identify the main components of computer networks

LO4: Understand the basic principles of data communications and computer networks

LO5: Understand the principles of Operating Systems and describe the main feature of two different common operating systems.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - R WILLIAMS (2006) COMPUTER SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE: ADDISON WESLEY, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 0321340795
Core - BRYANT AND O'HALLARON (2003) COMPUTER SYSTEMS: A PROGRAMMER'S PERSPECTIVE: ADDISON WESLEY, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0131784560
Core - STALLINGS (2002) COMPUTER ORGANISATION AND ARCHITECTURE: PRENTICE HALL, 4th ed. - ISBN: 0133942554
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