Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
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Description To instill a basic knowledge of how computers and their peripherals work and to develop this understanding by focusing on the architecture of a particular microprocessor.  
Learning Outcomes 1. State the components of a standard computer system (CPU, Motherboard, Memory, Peripheral Bus, etc) and describe their function. 2. Understand computer specifications, and make an informed decision as to what constitutes â€œvalue for moneyâ€. 3. Draw labeled diagrams of standard computer systems and summarise the operation of the system. 4. Understand how various peripherals (e.g. hard disk, DVD drive) work. 5. Understand how the hardware of the Internet works. 6. Understand binary data representations. 7. Understand how computers do simple arithmetic.  
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml 

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Number Systems The binary system. Hex, Octal. Conversions between number systems. Bits, bytes and words. Overview of the architecture of a computer The CPU, Bus and Memory subsystems. Multicore processors. Looking at a motherboard and identifying the subsystems. Boolean Logic Elementary logic AND, OR, NOT and XOR and their application. Karnaugh maps and how to build a seven segment display counter from logic gates using Boolean algebra. Flipflops and storage of bits. Basic Computer Arithmetic Simple binary arithmetic circuits. How Logic implements a half adder and a full adder. Representation of whole numbers, floatingpoint numbers, alphanumerics and special data on a computer. 2 s complement arithmetic. Multiplication and division. Signed and unsigned arithmetic. The CPU ALU, Registers, Status flags. Memory The computer memory hierarchy – registers, cache, main memory and the hard disk. The stack. Major Computer Peripherals Input/Output. Hard disks, DVD drives and how they work. USB ports – how they work. Connecting to the Internet – elementary data communications. Understanding Computer specifications.  
 
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Date of Last Revision  02NOV10  
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