School of Computer Science

Module 06-34221 (2022)

Computer Systems

Level 4/M C

Robert Hendley Mian Muhammad Hamayun Ana Stroescu Semester 1 20 credits
Co-ordinator: Robert Hendley
Reviewer: Ana Stroescu

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This module will cover the fundamental principles of computer systems, including how information is represented in computers, how computer programs are executed, the relationship between software and hardware, reasoning about programs, and the foundations of operating systems and network technologies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles of computer hardware
  • Explain the relationship between computer hardware and software and be able to analyse a computer program in terms of the hardware operations required
  • Reason about and analyse the complexity and performance of computer programs
  • Describe the role of an operating system, explain its component parts, and reason about its behaviour.
  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the core principles of computer networks


  • Main Assessments: 1.5 hour examination (50%) and continuous assessment (50%)
  • Supplementary Assessments: 1.5 hour examination (100%)

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