Fundamentals of Digital Systems
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
25 April 2019
Requisites for this module
BENGH610DA Electronic Engineering,
BSC YHG1 Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)
The module will introduce the essential hardware and low level software components of a digital computer system. They will understand the nature and architecture of a digital computer, identifying the operation of components within the system and explain the principles of an operating system. Students will study binary arithmetic with applications and design simple logic circuits from basic gates.
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. 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.
Introduction to computer automatic theory.
Brief history of computer systems
Peripherals and buses
Computer system operation
Hardware components of a computer system
Introduction to operating systems
Lecturers and Laboratories
- Stallings, William; Zeno, Peter. (©2016) Computer organization and architecture: designing for performance.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Progress Test 1 - Week 6
||Progress Test 2 - Week 11
||120 minutes during January (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
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
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 64 hours, 58 (90.6%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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