Module title: Computer Systems

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 10.00
ECTS credit value: 5

Module code: CSN11108
Module leader: Imed Romdhani
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: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Imed Romdhani
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching Methods Including Their Alignment to LOs
The main Learning and Teaching methods focus on lectures and laboratory work, in equal proportions. Lecture material will be reinforced by practical work which allows the students to investigate for themselves the key features of computer systems and networks [LO1, 2, 3]. Use of specialist teaching facilities in the School of Computing laboratories will enable exploratory work to be conducted to promote understanding of the practical consequences of system choice [LO1]. Specialist software, much of it developed within the Subject Group, will allow for the use of simulations to bring out key features within the syllabus [LO2, 3].

The VLE will be used as an integral part of the teaching approach. Materials will be provided by this mechanism. Also, software, such as simulations of processors will be made available in this way, enabling students to conduct some of the experimental work remotely [LO2, 3].

Assessment (formative or summative)
This module necessarily involves imparting some relatively straightforward information that can be most appropriately assessed by a class test and exam. The module covers three separate topics, hardware, operating systems and networking (Los 1,2 & 3). The first topic (LO1) will be covered by a class test that will provide early feedback on the students’ performance. A formal exam will cover the remaining two topics (LO2 & LO3).


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 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 74.25
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 0.75
Total Study Hours100
Expected Total Study Hours for Module100


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 2,3 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 40 1 5 HOURS= 0.75, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Key features of PC-based systems: Motherboards, hub chips, processors, RAM and cache.
Basic processor operation: the fetch execute cycle and interrupts.
Principles of operating systems: virtual memory and multitasking.
Case study: the Windows operating system.
Main features of local area networks and the Internet: Ethernet, wireless networks, the Internet Protocol. Introduction to some of the main network devices, such as switches and routers.


Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Appraise the key features of PC-based hardware architectures in order to be able to analyse PC requirements to produce specifications for PC based systems.

LO2: Critically assess the principles of operating systems as used in PCs.

LO3: Appreciates the main features of networks, both wired and wireless.

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