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CM10195: Computer systems architecture 2

[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Period:
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take CM10194
Aims: To build on CM10194 Computer Systems Architecture 1. To introduce students to the layers and abstractions of modern computer systems architectures from operating systems to network interaction. To understand the storage, management and transmission of data on the computer and management of resources. To introduce the fundamental concepts of networking.

Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of computer architectures and their abstractions, from operating systems to distributed systems
2. understand the concepts and mechanisms for the management, ownership and protection of computer resources;
3. understand various forms of network architectures
4. demonstrate familiarity with the ISO Seven-layer model, the major forms of network addressing and the means of translating between them.

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

Content: Introduction to Operating Systems: what they are and what they do, history, ownership and protection of resources.
Processes, scheduling, deadlock. Interprocess communication (IPC).
Memory, virtual memory and memory management. Files, file systems.
The networking problem: interoperability via models, standards, protocols and implementations. The ISO 7-layer model. The TCP/IP 4-layer implementation and outline of its standards (RFCs) and protocols.
Basic network addressing (MAC, IP, domain names) and the links between them (ARP, DNS).

Programme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021

CM10195 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science
  • USCM-AFB06 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science (Year 1)
  • 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-AFB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Year 1)
  • USCM-AAB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • USCM-AKB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence 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)
  • USCM-AFM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Year 1)
  • USCM-AAM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • USCM-AKM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Year long work placement (Year 1)

CM10195 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)

Notes:

  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
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