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CM10194: Computer systems architecture 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 30%, EX 70%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
CM10194 Like for Like, except Group Project, which would be New Individual Project (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before or while taking this module you must take CM10227 OR take XX10190
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce students to the layers and abstractions of modern computer systems architectures from machine level upwards. To understand the representation, storage, management and transmission of data on the computer and management of resources.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of computer architectures and their abstractions, from hardware to the interface with operating systems;
2. identify the machine representation of key data forms and describe their machine level processing;
3. relate various forms of systems architecture and their interactions.

Skills:
Use of IT (T/F, A), Application of Number (T/F, A).

Content:
History of computing (overview). Architectures - non Neumann, Non-von Neumann, SIMD to MIMD. Principles of digital computer operation.
Integer numbers: representations. Floating point numbers: representations, precision and accuracy.
Introduction to digital logic, simplification of Boolean logic.
Input and output: memory maps, polling, interrupts. Buses, devices and device addresses.
Aspects of hardware: such as Arduino, tablets and phones. Introduction to C and developing with SDKs.
Basic assembler concepts: machine codes, instruction execution, addressing modes, CISC v RISC, register use, subroutine calls and the stack.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2019

CM10194 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science
  • USCM-AFB06 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science (Year 1)
  • USCM-AFB09 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • USCM-AKB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • USCM-AFM01 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science (Year 1)
  • USCM-AAM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • USCM-AKM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 1)

CM10194 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • USMA-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 2)
  • USMA-AAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USMA-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USMA-AFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 2)
  • USMA-AAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USMA-AKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)

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