Fundamentals of Digital Systems

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Autumn Special
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2017
Friday 15 December 2017


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGH610DA Electronic Engineering,
BSC YHG1 Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)

Module description

The aim of this module is to introduce the essential hardware and low level software components of a digital computer system. The operation of these components is explored problem solving classes.

Upon completion of this module, students should have a good conceptual and practical understanding of the nature and architecture of a digital computer system.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Understand the nature and architecture of a digital computer.
2. Identify and explain the purpose and principles of operation of the components of a computer system.
3. Explain the principles and purpose of an operating system.
4. Interpret and manipulate binary representations of data, including two's complement.
5. Design and understand simple logic circuits built from standard logic gates.

Outline Syllabus

. Introduction to computer automatic theory
. Brief history of computer systems
. System architecture
. Peripherals and buses
. Processor architecture
. Computer system operation
. Input/Output devices
. Hardware components of a computer system
. Introduction to operating systems

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

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Module information


Learning and teaching methods

Lecturers and Laboratories


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Written Exam  Progress Test 1 - Week 4    50% 
Written Exam  Progress Test 1 - Week 11    50% 
Exam  120 minutes during January (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
0% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Francisco Sepulveda, email: f.sepulveda@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Francisco Sepulveda
School office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 57 hours, 53 (93%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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