The aim of this module is to introduce the essential hardware and low level software components of a digital computer system along with relevant theoretical concepts. The operation of these components and other concepts is further explored in weekly problem
Upon completion of this module, students should have a good conceptual and practical understanding of the nature and architecture of a digital computer system.
After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Understand the nature and architecture of a digital computer.
- Interpret and manipulate binary representations of data as well conversion between binary, denary and hexadecimal notations.
- Design and understand state machines and simple logic circuits.
- Identify and explain the purpose and function of the components of a computer system.
- Explain the principles and purposes of operating systems.
- Introduction to computer organisation and architecture & brief history of computer systems
- Radix (number base) conversion & binary arithmetic
- Binary floating-point and characters/symbols standards
- From transistors to logic circuits
- Boolean algebra & Karnaugh maps
- State machines & sequential logic
- Computer instructions and interrupts
- Memory and cache operations
- External memory and I/O modules
- Overview of operating systems and memory management