Module 06-21933 (2013)
Fundamentals: Intro to Computer Science
Level 4/M C
|Steven Vickers||Semester 1||10 credits|
The module will explore some of the fundamentals of computer science. Topics will include: introduction to number systems, the relationship between software and hardware, program structure, algorithms, data structures and their analysis.
The aims of this module are to:
Introduce the fundamentals of stored program computing Introduce the reasoning principles for object-oriented computing
On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of computer hardware and software architectures
2 Explain the relation between high level and low level code
3 Explain and apply basic principles for reasoning about high level code
4 Explain the main principles of object-oriented programming
- 06-21978 - ICY Introduction to Computer Science
2 hrs lectures/tutorials per week
Contact Hours: 24
Sessional: 1.5 hour examination (80%), continuous assessment (20%)
Supplementary (where allowed): 1.5 hour examination only (100%)
- A brief history of the development of the Stored-Program Digital Computer. The von Neumann computer.
- Computer Hardware Organisation (Central Processing Unit, Primary and Secondary Memory, Input/Output devices).
- Instruction sets (CISC, RISC); Instruction execution cycles; Memory addressing modes; Interrupts.
- System Software (Compilers, Interpreters, Assemblers, Loaders)
- Operating Systems basic functions (Device Management, Process Management, Memory Management)
- Scheduling and Synchronization.
- Networks (Topology, Security).
- Computability, complexity and correctness.
Programmes containing this module
- MSc Computer Science