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Computer systems and technology ( 6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: A Driver

Gippsland First semester 2005 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2005 (OCL)
Malaysia First semester 2005 (Day)
Singapore First semester 2005 (OCL)
Gippsland Second semester 2005 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2005 (OCL)
Hong Kong Second semester 2005 (OCL)
Malaysia Second semester 2005 (Day)
Singapore Second semester 2005 (OCL)

Synopsis: This unit provides an overview of computer organisation and operating principles and covers; number systems, internal data representations, logic and Boolean algebra; computer components and interaction such as processors, primary memory / secondary memory; input / output devices; application / system software and operating system concepts. It also covers networking and data communications technologies; concepts and related issues such as security, viruses and ethics. Access to the university's computer systems through an internet service provider is compulsory for distance education students.

Objectives: Explain the evolution and history, and the roles played by, both computers and software Evaluate and explain the functions of basic hardware components making up a modern computer system and their interaction Explain basic operating system concepts Demonstrate the relationship between hardware and operating systems Differentiate and explain the various technologies, components and uses of networked computer systems, data communications, the Internet and the Web Explain the concept of binary, octal and hexadecimal number systems, their notation and relationship to computers Demonstrate the manipulation of numbers in binary, octal and hexadecimal notations Explain and demonstrate how integers, floating points, and character data are encoded for use with computers and data communications Explain and demonstrate the uses of Boolean algebra and propositional logic in relation to computers Apply a wide range of both Windows and UNIX / Linux software utilities in relation to hardware, operating systems and data communications Explain the concepts and requirements for databases and their management Demonstrate databases concepts

Assessment: Assignment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Contact Hours: 4 hours per week

Prohibitions: CSE1200, CSE 1201, COT1130, any introductory computer technology units.