Module title: Computer Systems

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

Module code: CSN07401
Module leader: Isam Wadhaj
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Networking


2018/9, Trimester 3, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Isam Wadhaj
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The student is required to be employed as a Graduate Apprentice based in and around Edinburgh to be eligible to complete this module, in this format. This module is offered in day release (GA) study mode and will be delivered during the period that students are attending classes from 9 am to 5 pm, one day per week. The delivery of the module is in line with normal university delivery models. The traditional lecture materials will be delivered in a blended form using online materials, while in-class time is devoted to practical exercises, projects, or discussions. The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice with an emphasis on building a learning community. The module is introduced by an induction workshop which introduces students to the online resources and explains the assessment process.

Formative Assessment:
To support formative feedback, the Cyber Security and Networks subject group utilise a lab based teaching approach across their provision. During these lab sessions, staff will discuss and evaluate student progress and provide feedback on how well they are progressing with their work. The formative exercises shall also lead students towards the summative assessments. All modules in the subject group also require students to demonstrate their coursework on submission to provide further formative feedback on how the work could be improved.

Summative Assessment:
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. A test typically contains five to ten questions, each requiring a short answer response and ALL questions should be attempted. Feedback is given to all students on a one-to-one basis, and is delivered during the timetabled tutorial sessions. In practice, individual tests scripts are returned to students and discussed with the assessor in order to highlight strengths and weaknesses in understanding and technique.

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
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Tutorial 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 033.30 1,2 5 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 033.30 3,4 9 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 033.40 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:
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