Module title: Systems and Services

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSN08101
Module leader: Nick Pitropakis
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Networking
Prerequisites

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or to have passed this module:


2019/0, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Pitropakis
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Delivery consists of a series of lectures and laboratory-based tutorials which introduce and develop the core principles, and prepare the class for the tests to assess LO1, LO2 and LO3. These concepts are further explored and expanded through a series of classroom and laboratory exercises which provide the basis for accomplishing the practical coursework that addresses LO4.
The teaching material is supported using a combination of handouts, tutorials and computer-based resources.

Formative Assessment:
The lab based practicals follow up on the lecture material and provide continuous feedback from staff through discussions of the challenges presented. These challenges encourage students to test their understanding and are in the form of tasks which utilise inbuilt computer systems tools, specialist diagnostic/development software, CPU simulators and command line scripting.
Scripting challenges are designed to highlight concepts and practices important for the final coursework assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is achieved through a class test, and a coursework assignment. The class test (LOs 1, and 2 and 3) will cover the more theoretical aspects of the module and happens in the middle part of the module. The coursework will develop the student’s ability to work with the command line and produce a robust script based system utility (LO4).

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 Tutorial 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 60 1,2,3 13 HOURS= 1.5, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 40 4 9 HOURS= 12, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module covers fundamental areas of computer systems that underpin much of the technology of the internet age. In hardware, we will cover the physical architectures that make up current personal computing devices, and look at developments in this area. Also, we will look at smaller microcontrollers that are used to bring intelligence to all sorts of products and devices; you will gain experience in programming these devices.

In the area of operating systems, we will examine the software components that run current PCs, and how they support user operations. Although many people are familiar with how to use operating systems, such as Windows and Linux, we will cover the principles of how these systems work. Practically, you will gain experience in Linux and Linux scripting, an important technology that, running on servers, underpins much of the Internet.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Analyse the architecture of a range of processor based systems

LO2: Compare and contrast the different approaches to system architecture

LO3: Describe in detail how the main components of an operating system work

LO4: Demonstrate extended knowledge of operating system command line usage and the development of robust shell scripts

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - ROB WILLIAMS (2006) COMPUTER SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE: A NETWORKING APPROACH: ADDISON WESLEY, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9780321340
Core - WILLIAM SHOTTS (2012) THE LINUX COMMAND LINE: NO STARCH PRESS, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9781593273
Recommended - WILLIAM S. DAVIS, T.M. RAJKUMAR (2004) OPERATING SYSTEMS: A SYSTEMATIC VIEW: PEARSON, 6th ed. - ISBN: 978032126981
Recommended - ABRAHAM SILBERSCHATZ, PETER B GALVIN, GREG GAGNE (2012) OPERATING SYSTEM CONCEPTS: WILEY, 9th ed. - ISBN: 9781118063330
Recommended - EVI NEMETH, GARTH SNYDER. TRENT HEIN, BEN WHALEY (2010) UNIX AND LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION HANDBOOK: PRENTICE-HALL, 4th ed. - ISBN: 9780131480056
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