CE161-4-AU-CO:
Fundamentals of Digital Systems

The details
2019/20
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
25 April 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

BSC G610 Computer Games,
BSC G612 Computer Games (Including Year Abroad),
BSC I610 Computer Games (Including Placement Year),
BENGG420 Computer Networks,
BENGG421 Computer Networks (Including Year Abroad),
BENGI120 Computer Networks (Including Placement Year),
BSC G400 Computer Science,
BSC G401 Computer Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC G403 Computer Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC I101 Computer Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIG402 Computer Science,
MSCII100 Computer Science (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year),
BENGH650 Computer Systems Engineering,
BENGH651 Computer Systems Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGHP50 Computer Systems Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGGH46 Computers with Electronics (Including Foundation Year),
BENGGH4P Computers with Electronics,
BENGGH4Q Computers with Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BENGI1H6 Computers with Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BENGH610 Electronic Engineering,
BENGH611 Electronic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH61P Electronic Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHP10 Electronic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
MENGH613 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH614 Electronic Engineering (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year),
BSC GH56 Information and Communication Technology,
BSC GH5P Information and Communication Technology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC I102 Information and Communication Technology (Including Placement Year),
BENGH641 Communications Engineering,
BENGHP41 Communications Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHPK1 Communications Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGHQ41 Communications Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
MENGH642 Communications Engineering,
BENGH615 Robotic Engineering,
BENGH616 Robotic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH617 Robotic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BSC G111 Computing,
BSC G112 Computing (Including Year Abroad),
BSC G113 Computing (Including Placement Year),
BSC GH01 Computing and Electronics,
BSC GH02 Computing and Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC GH03 Computing and Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BSC H631 Electronics,
BSC H632 Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC H633 Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BENGH730 Mechatronic Systems,
BENGH731 Mechatronic Systems (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH732 Mechatronic Systems (Including Placement Year)

Module description

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.

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

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.

Module information

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













Learning and teaching methods

Lecturers and Laboratories

Bibliography

  • 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 Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Progress Test 1 - Week 6 50%
Coursework Progress Test 2 - Week 11 50%
Exam 120 minutes during January (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%
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

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
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).

 

Further information

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