Module title: Computer Systems (Bridging)

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

Module code: CSN08112
Module leader: Jim Jackson
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Computer Systems
Prerequisites

Module CSN07101- Computer Systems 1

2018/9, Trimester 1, 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: Jim Jackson
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 practicals that offer the students a chance to practice skills. The teaching material is supported using a combination of handouts, tutorials and computer-based resources, all of which prepares the student for the exam, which assesses LO2 and LO3. The academic literacy skills are covered mostly in a tutorial/workshop setting (LO1). Laboratory work will include Linux and Linux scripting, an important technology that underpins much of the Internet (LO4).



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, simulators and command line scripting.
Scripting challenges are designed to highlight concepts and practices important for the first coursework assessment.

Summative Assessment:
A practical exercise on Linux scripting will be conducted in the first half of the module and will count for 40% of the marks. This will cover LO 4. The second half of the module will lead up to a formal exam (worth 50%) which will cover LOs 2 and 3. LO 1 will be assessed by a short reflective report. This will be undertaken after the first coursework, and will require the students to consider their performance in the first assessment, together with their reflections on their state of preparedness for the class test.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150.5
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1.5
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 40 4 7 HOURS= 40, WORDS= 0
Report 10 1 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 2,3 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The study skills section will cover student support mechanisms, learning logs, Learning styles (and independent learning), report writing, team working, giving presentations and Edinburgh Napier mechanisms for assessment, feedback and academic conduct matters.

In the computer systems section, the module covers fundamental areas of computer systems that underpin much of the technology of the internet age. You will cover the hardware architectures that make up current personal computing devices, and look at developments in this area. In the area of operating systems, you will look at the software components that run current PCs, and how they support user operations. 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: Be an effective independent learner with a range of appropriate study skills

LO2: Have a broad knowledge of the different approaches to system architecture

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

LO4: Demonstrate knowledge of operating system command line usage and the development of 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 - STELLA COTTRELL (2010) SKILLS FOR SUCCESS: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9780230250
Recommended - WILLIAM S. DAVIS, T.M. RAJKUMAR (2004) OPERATING SYSTEMS: A SYSTEMATIC VIEW: PEARSON, 6th ed. - ISBN: 9780321267511
Recommended - A SILBERSCHATZ, P GALVIN, G GAGNE (2012) OPERATING SYSTEM CONCEPTS: JOHN WILEY, 9th ed. - ISBN: 9781118063330
WILLIAM SHOTTS (2012) THE LINUX COMMAND LINE: A COMPLETE INTRODUCTION: NO STARCH PRESS, 4th ed. - ISBN: 9781593273897
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